Ellen Louisa Sundquist Cornia


Heaven gained a special angel. Ellen Louisa Sundquist Cornia, 84, of Woodruff, Utah, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 25, surrounded by family. She was born to Vaner and Jessie Birch Sund-quist on Jan. 23, 1935, in Park City, Utah. They resided there until 1938, at which time they moved to Wahsatch, Utah, just outside Evanston.

While there, she met and later married Orson Cornia on Feb. 21, 1948, in Elko, Nevada. They spent nearly 70 happy years together. They were sealed for time and all eternity and to their children on March 20, 1973, in the Ogden, Utah, temple. They were blessed with six children: Barbara, Ors, Allen, Linda, Lisa and Jeni. 

Louisa spent her life in service to her family and the community. In 1967, she became the assistant postmaster to Elaine Cox for the U.S. Postal Service. She had four years of previous experience working for her mom who was postmaster in the Wahsatch Post Office. In April of 1990, she became the head postmaster at the Woodruff U.S. Post Office. In 2003, she retired from that position after 39 years of service. 

Louisa was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in many different callings. Her favorite was serving as Relief Society work director. She loved finding crafts and activities, along with food storage and emergency preparedness. 

Louisa and Orson loved going to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for more than 25 years, and she loved sneaking away to Wendover for a quick little weekend vacation. 

Louisa is survived by her children, Barbara (Dale) Windley, Randee Cornia Webb, Allen (Darlene), Linda (Hardy) Downing, Lisa (Justin) Webb and Jeni (Jared) Davis; 23 grandkids, 54 great-grandkids and five great-great-grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orson; her son, Ors Jr.; her sister, Sue; and her great-grandchildren, Carlee and Carson Herbert. 

A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, at the Woodruff LDS Church. A viewing will also be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, with the funeral to follow at noon. Interment will be in the Woodruff City Cemetery. 

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