Louise Rounds, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend passed away May 18, 2022. Louise was born in Ogden, Utah on June 18, 1951 to Kent Wadsworth Rounds and Cenella Frances Fagg Rounds. The 4th child in her family, she remained close to her siblings her entire life. She spent her early years in Ogden, Utah and Walnut Creek, California before moving back to Utah. Louise graduated from Del Valle High School in 1969 and Brigham Young University in 1974. She later received a masters degree from Grand Canyon University. She established her home in Taylorsville, Utah where she spent most of her life.
Louise found her happy place in teaching English and drama at Westlake Junior High School. Directing many Broadway musicals, she found a way to put as many students on stage as possible so everyone could participate. Louise loved teaching, and the students and teachers loved her. She was awarded the Granite Education Foundation Excel Outstanding Educator Award in May 1994. Retiring in 2013, Louise left teaching but not the love she felt for those she had worked with. Students and teachers were a major part of her circle of friends throughout her life.
Louise was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary, but loved most her calling as a gospel doctrine teacher. The scriptures were her friends and she taught them from her heart, whether in a classroom or at the dinner table. Louise loved the temple and was thrilled to be able to attend recently. She wrote life stories of her parents and helped compile a book of family history stories with the help of extended family.
Family was everything to Louise. She was a loyal attendee to family activities. Nieces and nephews loved her and tried to keep up with all her “punny” stories and jokes. “Laugh til you cry” was just Louise. We will happily continue that tradition in her honor. Friends were family to her. She loved giving small gifts and spending time with them. They have been a lifeline for her these last years. As a family we are so grateful for all their kindness and love. Thank you so much.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her five siblings and their spouses: Norman Kent (Peggy), Carolyn (Richard Buck), Janet (Roger Clarke), Alan Grant (Cynthia), Barbara (Steven Stuart), 20 nieces and nephews, 50 grand nieces and nephews, and 4 great grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 13, 2022, at 11:00 am at the Oak Hill Ward Building, 895 W 4800 South, Taylorsville, Utah. For those unable to attend, services may be viewed via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87583311377. A free Zoom account is required to view. Friends may call on Sunday, June 12, from 6-8 pm at the Oak Hill Ward Building and from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Monday prior to the funeral. Internment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City Utah.
Our family would like to thank all her friends and neighbors of the Oak Hill Ward for their many years of tireless service and love to Louise. Our sincere appreciation goes to the wonderful staff at Crescent Senior Living Center. She loved the people and her home there.
To honor Louise’s love for teaching, donations can be made to the Granite Education Foundation in lieu of flowers at granitekids.org or to Granite Education Foundation, 2500 South State Street, D-108 Salt Lake City, UT 84115.
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Miss Rounds was my favorite teacher at West Lake Jr. High. I remember sitting in her English class one day and she came up to me and said, "Why didn't you try out for the journalism staff?" So, I did. Her simple encouragement gave me a place in school to excel in Jr. High and High School. Miss Rounds was an influence for good in my life and I'm sure many others.