Lorri gained her wings and was reunited with her son on February 4, 2021 in West Jordan, Utah. Born on November 6, 1963 in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was the first born and loved being a big sister to her two younger brothers.
Lorri became a mother to her son Ronnie in 1982 and this prevented her from graduating that year. She later earned her GED in 2000 to honor his memory, since that was the year Ronnie would have graduated.
Lorri met her first husband, Rodney Thompson while she was still in high school. They had two children together, Ronnie & Candace. They later divorced. She later met the love of her life, Art Henseler in the summer of 2005 and they were married on December 22, 2005.
Lorri worked many different jobs over the years. She was a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas, a video store rep, a rep for Marlboro, a medical biller, legal secretary and a real estate agent. When she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, she sadly had to leave the working world to focus on her health. One of her favorite jobs however was being a mother and being involved in everything her children did. She was a cheer mom, Girl Scout mom, JROTC mom, horse mom, karate mom, football mom, running mom and so many other things. She was proud of everything her kids did and never missed an opportunity to brag about them.
Lorri was so happy to have a husband that enjoyed all the things she loved allowing them to have so many adventures together. Lorri loved riding on the back of the Goldwing, so as long as her hair was perfect under her helmet, she had heated riding clothes and a comfy seat. She enjoyed their "glamping" trips and always made sure the trailer was appropriately stocked for every trip. She loved watching movies, with some kind of snack nearby, and often quoted the lines to her favorite movies. The love Art has for Lorri is so special, he never told her no, even when she was decorating the garage or the cab of their truck. Lorri loved to decorate and Art would just ask where to put the nail.
Lorri's world was changed forever when her son Ronnie Lynn was tragically taken from her when he was only 16 years old in a car accident in 1998. She dedicated a lot of her life to raising awareness for drowsy driving. She founded NODD ( NO Drowsy Driving) and was able to meet with the Governor of Utah who declared, in honor of Ronnie, the week of his passing in August as Drowsy Driving Awareness week. Every August she would gather friends, family, the Utah Highway Patrol and several volunteers to set up at a rest stop and hand out coffee, tea, drinks, snacks and information about drowsy driving. She won an award from Zero Fatalities for all of her hard work and dedication. We hope to carry on her legacy by continuing her work.
Lorri had a special bond with her daughter Candace, even when the three bears became two. Even when they had arguments, they always remained close. Before Lorri started struggling with her balance, her and Candace enjoyed their little shopping trips together. They would spend countless hours chatting or texting, usually about the most random things. She was so happy to be a part of Candace's wedding recently where she gained her new son-in-law TySon. She loved hearing TySon play his guitar for her. Lorri loved having a daughter, and even to this day still made sure Candace, her husband and the fur babies received a Valentine, Easter goodies, Halloween treats, and pretty much any holiday there is she made sure everyone was remembered with some sort of goodie or card. She also never let a birthday go unrecognized, even if it meant multiple trips to the store to find the perfect doggy ice cream, or the perfect treats for her fur grandbabies.
Lorri had so many loves in life. She loved listening to Garth Brooks and Bon Jovi, she loved old movies, her black bears (Bearfoots was her favorite), reading, Precious Moments, Ziggy, Snoopy (Lucy was her favorite), Yoda, angels, the Raiders, The Utes, makeup, jewelry, clothes, Yorkies, minions, gnomes, Peanut Butter Crunch, Indian decorations, family photos, camping, motorcycle rides, big trucks, decorating for every holiday, family gatherings, Touched by An Angel, Michael J. Fox, trips to the cabin, watching Beavis and Butthead with her kids, shopping, cleaning, spending time with grandkids, collecting spoons, NODD, going shooting with family, Disney, and telling stories.
Lorri had so much love to give to so many people! Even if you weren't her family by blood, she had no problem making you part of her family. She loved making others feel loved, special and important.
Survived by her loving husband Art Henseler, daughter Candace (Tyson) Hatfield, mother and father, Lynn & Sandy Webb, brothers Bart (Faith) Webb, Ed Webb, Brandon (Cassie) Bateman, sister Veronica (Spencer) McDougal, step-daughter Angie (Steve) Seare, mother-in-law Janice Henseler, grandchildren Owen, Miles, William, Freddy & Lucy Seare, Grandhorses Denver, Simba, RJ & Bullseye, Grandpups Ella & Pongo, grandchickens Jasmine, DJ, Henrietta, Nugget, Luna, Artemis, Nala and Pepper. Bonus grandchildren Abbi, Annie, Alex & Addison Webb. Lorri is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, honorary grandchildren, honorary children & friends and step mother Kathy Bateman. She will be dearly missed by her little Tootsie.
Preceded in death by her son Ronnie Lynn Thompson, dad Gary Bateman, grandparents Mary & Bill Carpenter, grandparents Calvert & Maxine Webb, Singe Webb and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and pets.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lorri's name to The Parkinson's Foundation.
A public visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road in Sandy from 6 to 8 PM. With COVID precautions in mind, social distancing, masks and the limiting of the gathering size in the viewing room will be monitored.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 beginning at 2PM.
With COVID requirements, attendance to the funeral services will be for immediate family and by invitation only.
Interment to follow the funeral services at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Sandy, Utah where she will be interred near her son, Ronnie.
For those wishing to view the previously held services, pleases use the Zoom link above.