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Sherrie Lynn Lisonbee Thorsen, a beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend, passed away on January 13, 2024, in Roosevelt UT.
She was born on July 14 1964, to her loving parents Karen Lisonbee and the late Sherwood Clayton Lisonbee.
After raising her own family, and him raising his, on May 12, 2006, Sherrie married her eternal companion, Leo Thorsen, and later were sealed for time and all eternity on January 7, 2017. Together they had a special kind of love for foster care and ended up fostering 19 children of all ages, adopting three of their own and being sealed as a family on November 20, 2021.
In 2012 Sherrie fought her own battle against cancer. She went through an experimental chemotherapy and radiation phase that although beat the cancer, took a toll on her body in the long run. This is just like Sherrie, because although it took a toll on her, she was willing to pioneer through the experimental phase of these medications, so they would later succeed and help future cancer patients.
Sherrie had many interests and hobbies; she enjoyed camping and fishing. There were days that she would have Leo drop her off at the lake with their kids for a week at a time, just to feel the love of the outdoors, and then call when she was ready to come home. She also had a special love for all animals. In 2021, Sherrie and Leo were able to build her dream home and created what she called “The Thorsen Funny Farm” and filled it full of whatever animals she could, and nurtured to each one of them, individually. This was her happy place.
Sherrie loved helping and serving others. She spent the last few months of her life caring for her mother-in-law, Janice Thorsen, after having complications from knee surgery. She carried her service on silently as a “mama bear” to the men of The Thompsen House of Hope. Being in long term recovery herself, Sherrie had a great passion helping these men fight their fight against addiction, and always brought them joy, love and happiness, as well as hope and courage. She fought their fight right beside them as best as she knew how. She will never know how much this has meant to this program.
Sherrie’s faith was a cornerstone of her life. As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she found strength and comfort in her beliefs. One of her and Leo’s goals was to do temple work in as many temples as they could. They made the trek to 17 temples in Utah, three in Idaho, Las Vegas, and Wyoming – with hopes of trekking to many others.
She was passionate about her family and loved them fiercely, being a mother and loving wife was always a priority to her. Sherrie’s role as a grandmother brought her great joy. When with her grandchildren, she always had a twinkle in her eye. She loved creating lasting memories with them. Her mom was her best friend, and constant companion through all her trials, even to this day. Her husband and her children were her absolute world. Her love for them never wavered. She was always willing to give up anything she could, in order to see them smile, and she did just that.
Sherrie leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness. She will forever be remembered for the love she shared with her family and the impact she made on the lives of those around her.
Sherrie is survived by her devoted husband, Leo Thorsen; cherished children, Vanessa Hansen, Alex Norton (Jack), Jessica Gallagher (Kyle), Austin Thorsen, Steven Thorsen, Alaya Thorsen, Kyler Thorsen and Paisley Thorsen; adored sisters, Chris Mawson, Tawnya Darger (Shane), brother, Tony Lisonbee, loving mother, Karen Lisonbee, 6 grandchildren, in laws, and many loving friends who adored her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Sherwood Clayton; brother-in-law, Mike, infant son, Ian; stepdaughter, Mandy; paternal grand-parents, Shelby and Elva Lisonbee; maternal grand-parents, Russell and Carrie Lewis; and niece, Cambry.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Roosevelt Stake Center (447 East Lagoon Street). Viewings will be held at the church on Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Burial in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.