March 27, 1938 ~ August 27, 2022
Born in: Utah
Resided in: Torrance, California
Born Jennie Sue Smith on March 27, 1938 to George E. Smith and Bernice Miller in Milford, Utah, Beaver County. Jennie was raised in Milford on the family farm with her four siblings Georgia, Lean, Marsha and Theo.
Jennie was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on March 1, 1947 and enjoyed being a part of many youth activities in the church.
She was very involved with the Utah 4-H Club from 1948 until she graduated from Milford High in 1956 as a member and leader. She won many awards at the Utah State Fair, South Milford Fair and other 4-H events which provided her with some unique opportunities.
In 1956 she won 1st place in the meal preparation contest at the 4-H Ceturmama Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City. As a result of this win she attended the National 4-H Congress in Chicago as the state food preparation winner.
After she graduated high school in 1956; She attended the College of Southern Utah, now Southern Utah University. After a year she transferred to the University of Utah.
In 1961 she got her nursing degree and a public health job in Cache County, Utah. Jennie was called to serve a mission in England in November of 1963. She returned in 1965 shortly before her mother passed away in July 1965. After working in Milford for a short time she returned to the University of Utah to pursue a Masters in nursing.
Once she received her master’s degree in nursing she moved to Southern, California at the invitation of Tormod Andersen who she had started dating while in school, she had been introduced to Tormod by his sister-in-law Rayloa Andersen, one of Jennie’s classmates and friends.
In California, Jennie worked as a nurse at the Los Angeles County Hospital – University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles as an administrative nurse in the pediatrics division.
A short time later she and Tormod were married on August 14, 1970 in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
After their marriage Jennie continued to work at the hospital until shortly before their first daughter Suzanne was born. Jennie enjoyed being a homemaker and raising their five children, Suzanne, Joanne, Tormod Jr., Mariane and Peter.
She and Tormod Sr. spent most of their married life in Southern California; with a short stent in Washington state where they thought they would buy a mortuary but it wasn’t meant to be.
She was very involved in her children’s education, volunteering in the kids’ classes and with the PTA. Although she had a young family, Jennie kept her nursing license up for many years. She volunteered for the Red Cross, teaching parenting classes and other services as needed. And will forever be known as the Avon Lady.
In 1985 they moved from Redondo Beach to Torrance, California to live on top of Rice Mortuary. Living on the top of a Mortuary wasn’t new. When they were first married they lived over the Hermosa Beach Mortuary. However this time Tormod wasn’t the only one working for the Mortuary. Jennie worked as a mortuary attendant for Rice Mortuary until she retired in 2002.
In 2002 Jennie retired and they were called to serve a mission in Sweden. Later they would serve as Pathway Missionaries. Both through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Throughout her life Jennie was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served willingly in many capacities in the church..
When Tormod became ill Jennie resumed the role of nurse along with loving wife and mother. She cared for Tormod until he fell in February of 2020. Tormod’s fall was hard for Jennie and she struggled after his death in May 2020 with depression. As difficult as this was in spring of 2022 she was diagnosed with lymphoma. She chose to have chemo treatments, however, after four treatments the PET scan showed some response but not as much as the doctors would have hoped. Jennie decided to discontinue treatment. She passed away on August 27, 2022.
She is survived by her five children and eight grandchildren: Suzanne (Aaron) Thomas; Joanne (William) Anders; Tormod (Christi) Tormod 3rd; Marianne; Peter (Melinda) Maren, Luke, Evan, Kent, and Matilda.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on September 24, 2022 at 22605 Kent Ave., Torrance, California.
Service: September 24, 2022 11:00 am
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints RB 1st Ward
22605 Kent St.
Torrance, CA 90503
We send our love to the family. Theo and Shauna
Suzanne, sending our love and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. May your memories of your mother be a blessing always. With love, Michelle Nakamura and the Nakamura Family
Sending my beautiful second family lots of love and prayers❤️🙏 I love you ❤️
We send our love and condolences to Jennie’s children and grandchildren. I was her visiting teacher for many years when she lived in the Redondo III Ward. She and Tormod were very faithful members and it is good for them to be together again.
Suzanne, Joanne, Tormod, Marianne and Peter,
You have been in my mind and heart as over the past days as I have recalled sweet memories of your mom, Jennie, who was my first and longest friend, attentive, guiding and loving older sister. Yes, we squabbled as siblings do, but she taught me so much about kindness, being gentle and set such a strong example following her beliefs in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. You have been blessed with a rich heritage from Jennie and your dad, Tom. May you be blessed with peace and good memories of Jennie Sue.
Georgi Beth Smith Thompson
We were roommates at CSU and I thought so much of her. She was a special friend and I asked her to be a bridesmaid at my reception. So sorry to hear of her passing sending love from myself and my husband Dee Smith💕
My heartfelt condolences to her family. When my father passed away, she and Tormod Senior went way above and beyond to make my family of non members, feel comfortable and included in my tribute to our father following the Church’s guidelines. They were always an example to me. They must be very happy to be reunited now.
Jenni and her children were wonderful friends to my daughter Jennifer Traber, I enjoyed spending time at their home above Rice Mortuary in Torrance
I was amazed by Jenni’s patience with her children always active and helpful just as Jenni who was kind