SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Laura Louise Glissmeyer, age 32, passed away peacefully at her parents’ home on May 25, 2021, leaving behind her beloved daughter Lula and her devoted husband, Bryce. Though her body was ravaged by ovarian cancer, she had an unconquerable will to live. Her love for life and for her dear Bryce and Lula saw her through numerous hospitalizations, multiple surgeries, and countless procedures and treatments, inspiring all who knew her. The family wishes to especially thank the doctors, nurses, aides and therapists on Floor 6 West at LDS Hospital where she spent months recovering from her several surgeries and illnesses, and later the Huntsman at Home hospice team who helped her so much in her final months.
Laura saw and experienced miracles throughout, starting, after years of trying, with the birth of her daughter Lula not long before her cancer diagnosis. After several years of suffering from various unresolved but commonly benign symptoms, Laura insisted that a CT scan be performed, at which time the cancer was first diagnosed already advanced to stage IV. Her first surgery followed soon thereafter, followed by chemotherapy at Huntsman Cancer Institute, which lead to a period of full remission when she was once again able to enjoy precious time with her family and her friends, time she might not have otherwise had if her cancer had progressed even further undetected.
Laura and her family have been supported by the prayers, love, generosity and innumerable kindnesses of remarkable friends, family, neighbors, employers, co-workers, ward members, and others. Laura was beautiful, kind, generous and fun loving, quiet, determined, eager to please. She loved her family and she loved her Heavenly Father. She was not afraid to examine the foundations of her faith, which provided hope of a joyful reunion with her grandfathers, Keith B. Romney and Boyd A. Blackner, who preceded her in death.
She was born in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City where she was a captain of the girls’ tennis team and performed in A Cappella and Madrigals. She later graduated from Utah State University where she received a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She enjoyed working for a time with the USU Extension Salt Lake County 4-H program. She loved family trips to Bear Lake, planning Lula’s birthday parties and baking birthday cakes. Laura even baked her own wedding cake, where it famously tipped over in the refrigerator the night before the reception! She and Bryce were married on August 1, 2013 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Laura is survived by her husband, Bryce Albert Glissmeyer, her daughter, Lula Ann Glissmeyer, by her grandmothers, Janet B. Romney and Ann C. Blackner, by her parents, Jenifer and David Blackner, and by her siblings, Rebekah, Matthew (Jasmine), and Sarah, and also by many adoring in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 3, at 11:00 a.m. at the Monument Park Ward Chapel, 1005 South 2000 East. Services will also be available to view via Zoom with the following link:
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A public viewing will be held Wednesday evening, June 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Laura’s name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (ocrahope.org), or alternatively, Laura’s friends have established a GoFundMe account for Lula’s benefit at https://gofund.me/e2ab42a8.
Jenifer and David - I am saddened to hear of the passing of your precious daughter Laura. What a beautiful accomplished Daughter, Mother, and Wife. Heaven received an Angel, but her Spirit will always be with her loving Family. Talk to her, for the veil is thin and she is there for her Daughter, Husband, Parents, Siblings, and all that miss her. Sincerely, Kevin LaMont Smith
It has been an honor to count Laura as an inspirational person in my life . She shared so many wonderful memories of her friends and family. Her love for her husband and daughter was always a topic on her mind
I will remember her as one remarkable woman.
May you be comforted by the wonderful memories you have shared during her short life on earth