Vila R. Ponsonby, peacefully passed away in her home on Friday January 12, 2018 at 9:40 p.m., just 5 days after her 98th birthday, in Redondo Beach, California. Vila was born on January 7, 1920 in Elmo, Utah to Alma Christopher Mortensen and Maggie Burgess. She gave birth to five living children but an infant son LeRoy and a precious daughter Gladys Laursen have preceded her in death. Vila married in 1936 to Closs Merlin Guymon but he passed away the following year and their daughter, Merlene was born just four months after his passing. Vi married again two years later to John Llewelyn and they had two children, LeRoy and Gladys. The marriage ended in divorce, and in 1946 Vi took her two girls and moved from Utah to Southern California. A few years later she met and married David Ponsonby and they had two sons, Rodger, and Christopher. Vila and David Ponsonby were married for nearly 55 years until cancer took David’s life in 2007. Vila was very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in many callings including Relief Society President and Stake Missionary. She was also very involved in her community serving as PTA President, President of the Y Wives for the YWCA, and active in the local Senior Citizen Center. She was a volunteer for the Wellness Center for many years. After she raised her children, she ran her own Shaklee business and helped many people improve their health through the supplements she sold, as well as the instruction and encouragement she gave to all of her clients. Vila is survived by a daughter Merlene Stockman, her sons Rodger and Christopher Ponsonby, ten grandchildren, five step grandchildren, eighteen great- grandchildren, nine step great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and nine step great- great-grandchildren. She was a devoted wife and mother, as well as a beloved friend to everyone she met. A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 20, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 501 N. Rowell Avenue, Manhattan Beach, California. The viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and the funeral service will start at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel. She will then be laid to rest in the Inglewood Park Cemetery.

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  1. Dear sweet momma, I love you. You were the best mother anyone could ever hope for. I will never forget all the many things you taught me. You truly lived your life by example! Your love of God & Family will never be forgotten. I am so sad & heartbroken for losing you but rejoice that you are now free of your earthly bonds. Having you as a Mother in my life for 57 years was a gift from god. Caring for you the past 10 years was an honor & privilege. I will miss you every day of my life. I hope & pray to see you again. Rest in peace, Love Always, your son Christopher.

  2. My precious Mother, you know how much I love you. We have been through so many joys and sorrows during our time on earth together. One thing always remained unchangeable, your unconditional love for me and my forever love for you. What a wonderful example you were for me in so many ways and the things you have taught me has had a rippling effect on your grandchildren as well as your great grands and great greats. I know you must be so busy sharing the love of the gospel with all who are waiting to hear it. It won’t be long until I will be reunited with you dear mother and our family will be a forever family. I love you with all my heart, your daughter Merlene.

  3. Dear Vi, we (Chris, Kym, Rodger and I) love you to the moon and back! Thank you for welcoming me to your family and accepting me for who I am. That was your trademark; you loved each one of us unconditionally, thank you. I will miss you dearly – I can’t even express or find words. I am so grateful for all the wonderful memories we built together and I will treasure it forever. I agree with Chris “it was an honor and privilege caring for you”. We couldn’t or wouldn’t choose any other way. I loved when Lucy called “my little lady” – you were a little lady with a huge heart. You will be missed by so many people. You touched so many lives including mine. Thanks to you and David I get to enjoy life with my sweet heart every day. I see you in his eyes, I presence your kindness through Kym, I listened words of wisdom through Rodger. You haven’t left us. You are right here in our hearts. Thank you for all you have done for us. Until we see each other again…Rest in peace.

  4. Mrs. Vila, thank you for sharing your life with me as a friend and caregiver, you are a sweet little lady, you were the dolly in the bed and I could squeeze you I didn’t have to fight with family to see you and talk to you. God Bless you very much. Lucy Silva. Always Remember you.

  5. My sweet Vi, I have been so lucky to have spent some moments with you in this world. I will always remember the stories you used to tell me when I was visiting you. You were my inspirational model, a generous, funny and lovely friend. I appreciate the time you shared with me. It is really hard to think I won’t see you again. I have lost a great friend and I will miss you my dear. Sleep in peace. With love

  6. Delightful aunt…..I hope you and your brother (Arden) and sister (Jeri) had a fabulous party when you arrived! You are already missed!

  7. Vila, was my friend even though we were from very different generations and back grounds. Vila and I undestood one thing real well that the family we have and the family we make with friends are the most important force in life from biginning to end. Vila was a truly religios person and in my view her God was beside her at the end. Vi was never afraid because she had her God, family and friends surrounding her every step of the way. Family and friends encouraged her to be happy on her 98TH bithday. Vi as she liked to be called; was a woman of conviction and truthfulness. She was powerful, hopful, lovable, charismatic and enthusiastic. I admired her tenecity to help others and her equilibrium to manage life. Her motherhood and her faith defined her. A hug for everyone was her gesture of love. Vi gave me a picture frame that says friends are the sunshine of our lives, so she was to me. Love for a friend stays with you for an eternity. Jm Johnson my husband and I wish you the best journey all the way to heaven.

  8. Oh what an awesome awesome woman Vi is!! I loved hearing stories of the changing of the the world she witnessed firsthand growing up, her spirit was strong and beautiful, just talking to her that smile would warm your heart no matter what was going on in your life I will truly truly miss her

  9. I remember the first time Gladys who became my wife took me to her mother’s house to introduce me to her mom. She welcomed me with open arms I felt love by her more than anyone in my life and was proud to call her mom. She will always be remembered by me her memory will last a lifetime.

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