Ellen Smith Ottosen

1940 ~ 2021


Aug. 4, 2021
11:00 AM
Larkin Sunset Lawn 2350 E 1300 S Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

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Ellen Smith Ottosen, 81, died peacefully in her sleep July 29 th 2021, next to her husband. She was at her beloved Pines Ranch in the Uinta mountains. She was born January 10, 1940 to Jesse Robinson Smith (Bob) and Lucile Rogerson. She was raised in the Chevy Chase area of Washington DC. She was the younger of two children. She had a pleasant and memorable childhood. Ellen attended Ben W. Murch grade school, Alice Deal Jr High School and Woodrow Wilson High School. Ellen earned a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah. While at the University of Utah she was affiliated with the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She married Peter Clifton Ottosen in 1963 and had 2 children Amy
and Peter Matthew.

Ellen taught 3rd grade in the Salt Lake City schools for five years. She sang in the Salt Lake Oratorio Society.

She volunteered teaching the Art Masterpiece Program in the Scottsdale Arizona School District for eight years, where they lived since 1969. Ellen tutored many young people in English as a second language (ESL) also in the Scottsdale School District. Ellen was a strong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in both Ward and Stake positions. Ellen and her husband served several times in the Mesa LDS temple. They served in the Stockholm Sweden Temple from 2003 to 2005.

Ellen enjoyed hiking with Pete in the mountains, especially in Sedona. The family enjoyed camping and traveling.

A favorite summer Activity for Ellen was to go to the Pines Ranch in Northern Utah where they have a mountain home. After retirement they spent almost 6 months at the Pines each summer. There Ellen enjoyed being with family and friends, playing the piano, writing poetry, journaling, and watching for moose, deer and black-capped chickadees.

She was a caring person and loved her family, friends, God and Country. She is survived by her husband, Peter; children Amy (Jerome Demoulin) and Matt (Rylan) Ottosen and grandchildren Luc, Lauren and Peter Demoulin and Brittany Owens.

There will be a viewing held on August 4th at 10:00 am, the services to follow at 11:00 am at Larkin Sunset Lawn 2350 E. 1300 S. Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Aid or Tunnel to Towers t2t.org


You left us a legacy of a lifetime and many wonderful memories...We love you and will miss you, but know you are always in our hearts and know you will be with us with your contagious smile and caring....forever....Thank you for gifting us Amy. Bless this beautiful family.....

Love, Jacque' and Janice ❤❤

- Jacqueline Kruglick

Mr. Ottosen, Amy and family,
May each of you be comforted with sweet memories and God's promise for EVERLASTING life.
Sincerely, Darlene

- Darlene Hussey

Ellen personified kindness & grace. She was a lovely human being-a loss to us all.

- Carol Blakely

The most heartfelt condolence to the family of this beautiful sister whose time has come to be in the Lord’s arms. From everything I know she served her family and mankind well and lovingly in this life. What a beautiful legacy she left. The world is better because she was here. God bless her family with peace and comfort that she will be with them always and that they will join her someday. May beautiful memories I’d love abide you as you carry her with you in your hearts.

- Candi G Barth

We send you all our love and prayers for this painful moment,
Love from Barfleur,
Valérie & family

- Polderman family

We loved this kind, talented lovely lady for so many years. Peter, was the late Bill's nephew, Ellen his wonderful wife and we enjoyed the friendship with Ellen and Peter during our visits over 21 plus years.

Our sincere condolences to Peter, Amy and Matthew and all other family members.


The Bill Peterson Family (the late Bill Peterson is with us in spirit), wife, Rosemarie, children, Lorraine Cruz and Paul Peterson

- The Bill Peterson Family

We’ll always remember the hospitality and generosity Ellen extended whenever we visited the Pines. She was the kindest, and most caring person and we’ll miss her, yet remember her most fondly.

- Marcos & Julie Garaycochea family

Ellen was a treasured friend. We were always touched by her kindness to everyone, her love of her family and her God, and her devotion to her beloved Peter. It was a great blessing for us to know Ellen and to love her for sixty years. Each time we were together, and that wasn't nearly often enough, it was always a very special time. Most of our get togethers in recent decades were at The Pines. How she loved that Jewel of the Mountains and all the beauty and peace it offered.
Ellen will be missed by many because she loved many and in turn, her love was given back. Thank you, Ellen and Peter, for a special friendship. We will miss dear Ellen. Our condolences are sent to all of her family. God bless you all.
Thank you for suggesting a donation to Tunnel to Towers. It's a wonderful organization.

- John & Sheryl Allen