Louise Lisonbee

Louise Lisonbee (Tenney)

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A Live Streaming of services will begin at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 15, 2021 on

Louise Mae Tenney Lisonbee completed her sojourn and mission in this life on Sunday, June 6, 2021. She passed away in peace surrounded by many of her loved ones.

Louise was born on July 27, 1930, in Mesa, Arizona to Ted Tenney and Ferneth Johnson. It was such a hot day that they had to put a wet sheet over her bassinette to help keep her cool.

Louise always knew she was loved. One of her favorite memories was of her father singing, “You are My Sunshine” and “Every Little Breeze Seems to Whisper Louise.” She was named after her father’s old girlfriend, but her mom said she didn’t care because she was the one that got him.

When Louise was about a year old, she contracted whooping cough and chicken pox, leaving her deaf in one ear. But she never let that slow her down. She also suffered from a mild form of dyslexia. Louise never dreamed that she would one day author ten books and become a popular speaker in the natural health field, lecturing all over the world.

Sometimes as a teenager, Louise got tongue-tied. Once when she was in the high school library and had to raise her hand to ask the teacher, Mr. Parks, for permission to speak, she raised her hand and said, “May I peak, Mr. Sparks?”. Everyone laughed about it and that incident actually made it into the newspaper.

Louise was blessed with three brothers, Ed, Vernon, and Ted, who adored her and made life a lot of fun. Louise’s father looked a lot like John Wayne. One day Louise and her brothers decided to charge their friends 5 cents each to come and see John Wayne. Louise didn’t think any of them really believed he was John Wayne, but they still gave the Tenney kids the money. Her dad wouldn’t go along with it and dress up like John Wayne, but he did always wear boots and a cowboy hat.

Louise’s brothers were good to her. They made her play marbles with them, but she always beat them. She could beat them at arm-wrestling, too. She liked that she always got to bathe first because she was the only girl. Later in life, Louise would dearly love her sisters-in law, Betty and Elaine as the sisters she never had.

Louise lived in Christmas, Arizona for her first seven years and then moved to Fort Huachuca, Arizona while her father worked to build barracks for the army during the war. Throughout her life, Louise lived in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Utah.

As a young girl, Louise earned money by babysitting. At age 16, she worked in an ice cream shop. She also worked as a car hop and roller skated out to the cars to take their orders. Louise accidentally dumped a milk shake in the lap of someone she was serving, but he was very kind about it.

While in high school, Louise enjoyed cheerleading and was named the prom queen. She was also voted the queen of the Gold and Green Ball, a formal dance sponsored by the Mutual Improvement Association of her local church community.

Louise’s tiny waist and beautiful blue eyes qualified her to do some modeling for the Park View Department store. She was encouraged to try for Miss Ashland and go on to Miss America, but she declined because she was not willing to pose in a swimsuit. When she was 16, Louise really wanted to get her ears pierced but her father said she was too young. She got them pierced when she was 40. Now that’s an obedient daughter!

While working at a department store, the wife of a local doctor asked her if she would work for her husband as a receptionist. This began a career of working for doctors throughout her life.

Louise loved to jitterbug, do the beer barrel polka, and go to picnics and roller skate all over town. Because of the effects of polio on her husband, Alvin’s legs, he wasn’t able to dance with her, but we have no doubt that they are cutting the rug somewhere now.

Louise was a good student and loved learning. She attended Southern Oregon College and later took classes at Portland State University. Her passion for natural health led her to obtain a Master of Herbology Certificate and pursue a successful career of writing and lecturing.

Up until her last months, Louise was always interested in reading and learning. She loved to share with her family all she had learned. This insatiable desire for knowledge was particularly strong when it came to studying the scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

She met Alvin Lisonbee, the love of her life, on the steps of the local church. He had just returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France.
They were married on June 3, 1952 in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The greatest joy of Louise’s life was being a mother. Alvin and Louise were blessed with four children: David, Jana, Deanne, and Mark. Louise would say that motherhood taught her how to truly love and be patient, unselfish, and understanding. Her children can testify she was all of those things. Louise showed indomitable faith when Jana died from cancer at just 16 years old.

Louise would later lose her other daughter, Deanne, in 2010. These trials could have weakened Louise’s faith, but it only grew stronger. She often testified how the Savior got her through her heartaches and how she put it all in His hands and trusted His will.

Louise had a deep and profound love for the gospel and her Savior. She served willingly in leadership positions in the Young Women, Relief Society, and Primary.

Louise was the drama director several times and often produced church plays. She especially had a lot of fun doing them with her kids. When Louise and Alvin moved to Orem, Utah after their children were grown, she produced a stake program about the wives of the prophets of the church. She invited many sisters who were direct descendants of the prophets to participate making for an unforgettable event.

Louise loved serving those in need. She was a master cook, and you were very blessed if you got to partake of one of her homemade soups, which always had quinoa or millet—or both—added to make them as healthy as possible. And she wouldn’t let you forget it! Louise loved to sew and made Barbie doll clothes for her girls and new dresses when they needed them. She loved to knit and crochet as well. She had a passion for writing poetry which was both witty and heartfelt.

As a young girl, Louise loved to go do baptisms for the dead at the temple with her brothers, and that deep love for the temple would last her entire life. After her children were raised, Louise and Alvin worked together in the baptistry of the Mount Timpanogos Temple. After Alvin passed away, she continued to serve there for five years. It was a joy for those who visited the baptistry to be greeted by Louise, dressed all in white with her white hair and her bright smile so full of light and love. Louise was passionate about Family History work and spent hours searching out and doing ordinance work for her ancestors, many who must be rejoicing in gratitude with her now.

Although we will miss her deeply, it is a joy to celebrate her life. Louise lived a life of love and service. She fulfilled her divine mission on this earth and more. We can only imagine the glorious reunion she is now experiencing with her beloved daughters and husband. Until we meet again, Louise, Mom, Nana, we love you.

Louise is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; daughters, Jana Louise and Deanne Krieger; and brothers, Ed, Vernon, and Ted. She is survived by her sons David (Bianca) and Mark (Terri); 13 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 11:00 a.m. with a visitation prior to services from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Canyon View 10th Ward building, 762 East 1200 North, Orem. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am
    Canyon View 10th Ward
    762 East 1200 North
    Orem, Utah 84097
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 11:00am
    Canyon View 10th Ward
    762 East 1200 North
    Orem, Utah 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A Live Streaming of services will begin at 11:00 a.m on


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Sarah Tenney

Posted at 01:16am
I love Aunt Louise- and did from the moment I met her. I am a niece by marriage (Vern's daughter in law) as I married Chad Tenney. Louise and Alvin are keystone memories of my early courting and married life. Louise was one of those amazing people who quickly loved people as soon as she met them. She made you feel so special! She remembered details about your life and she loved caring for others. I recall very vividly having our family dinner at her home after our marriage sealing int he SLC Temple on a hot day (August 23, 1994). We had a salmon BBQ in her backyard and she graciously accepted for us to have it there which is where our families sent us off on our honeymoon and we traveled to California to our reception at Chad's home. Alvin and Louise were so kind to let us all invade their home for a great celebration where Chad shoved wedding cake into my face in her dining room! The next 4 years while we finished college at BYU and SLCC, her and Alvin would always warmly welcome us into their home often times on a Sunday afternoon, unannounced, by these 2 poor college students. She and Alvin always fed us or sent us with food or both and visited with us. I don't recall any words she or Alvin said, but I do recall the feeling I had while I was there and when we left. Despite the troubles we were having either with school, or financial or otherwise I always left feeling loved and with confidence that we could solve the problems or reconcile the issues, because she knew we could do it, and because she knew that the Lord would help us. And you know what? She was always right! This poor struggling couple always felt hope and many times it came from the love and home of the Lisonbee's. We later had the honor of traveling with the famous Louise Tenney (her author name) while she signed books and lectured. Chad and I would accompany her as we worked for her publisher (and son, Mark). We felt important to care for her and travel with her out of state several times. We enjoyed our time and we grew even closer together. We felt grateful and special to travel with her and to feel trusted with the cash earned, books and supplies we took and also shipped back, and more importantly with the honored guest at the conventions we attended. Thank you Aunt Louise for loving Chad and I, for welcoming us in like your own children, and for having faith and confidence in us as newly weds just starting our lives and careers together. Looking back at our undergraduate years, I always fondly remember you and Alvin as a part of the woven fabric of our tapestry. We will miss you and we look forward again to one day to eating your homemade soup and getting your hugs and hearing your contagious laugh! Give Vern a hug for us! Love, Sarah Tenney

Michele Crump

Posted at 08:26pm
It was always a choice experience for me to be in Aunt Louise’s presence! She had a wonderful sense of humor and a contagious laugh. I always felt a special kinship with her. She and Uncle Alvin came to my rescue during a pivotal time for me and for that I will be eternally grateful. Louise is one of those people that is adored by all her know her. Love you, Aunt Louise!

Michele Crump (Tenney)

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