Louise Rounds, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend passed away May 18, 2022. Louise was born in Ogden, Utah on June 18, 1951 to Kent Wadsworth Rounds and Cenella Frances Fagg Rounds. The 4th child in her family, she remained close to her siblings her entire life. She spent her early years in Ogden, Utah and Walnut Creek, California before moving back to Utah. Louise graduated from Del Valle High School in 1969 and Brigham Young University in 1974. She later received a masters degree from Grand Canyon University. She established her home in Taylorsville, Utah where she spent most of her life.
Louise found her happy place in teaching English and drama at Westlake Junior High School. Directing many Broadway musicals, she found a way to put as many students on stage as possible so everyone could participate. Louise loved teaching, and the students and teachers loved her. She was awarded the Granite Education Foundation Excel Outstanding Educator Award in May 1994. Retiring in 2013, Louise left teaching but not the love she felt for those she had worked with. Students and teachers were a major part of her circle of friends throughout her life.
Louise was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary, but loved most her calling as a gospel doctrine teacher. The scriptures were her friends and she taught them from her heart, whether in a classroom or at the dinner table. Louise loved the temple and was thrilled to be able to attend recently. She wrote life stories of her parents and helped compile a book of family history stories with the help of extended family.
Family was everything to Louise. She was a loyal attendee to family activities. Nieces and nephews loved her and tried to keep up with all her “punny” stories and jokes. “Laugh til you cry” was just Louise. We will happily continue that tradition in her honor. Friends were family to her. She loved giving small gifts and spending time with them. They have been a lifeline for her these last years. As a family we are so grateful for all their kindness and love. Thank you so much.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her five siblings and their spouses: Norman Kent (Peggy), Carolyn (Richard Buck), Janet (Roger Clarke), Alan Grant (Cynthia), Barbara (Steven Stuart), 20 nieces and nephews, 50 grand nieces and nephews, and 4 great grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 13, 2022, at 11:00 am at the Oak Hill Ward Building, 895 W 4800 South, Taylorsville, Utah. Friends may call on Sunday, June 12, from 6-8 pm at the Oak Hill Ward Building and from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Monday prior to the funeral. Internment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City Utah.
Our family would like to thank all her friends and neighbors of the Oak Hill Ward for their many years of tireless service and love to Louise. Our sincere appreciation goes to the wonderful staff at Crescent Senior Living Center. She loved the people and her home there.
To honor Louise’s love for teaching, donations can be made to the Granite Education Foundation in lieu of flowers at granitekids.org or to Granite Education Foundation, 2500 South State Street, D-108 Salt Lake City, UT 84115.
I loved Louise. We were friends which grew out of the relationship we had as therapist and patient in American Fork Heritage Care. She was such a lovely lady and I was honored to serve as her Speech Language Pathologist until she was able to return home to Crescent Senior Living. I looked forward each day to our time together before, during and after dialysis. We had the most fun conversations and time together. I went to surprise visit her at Crescent but she was out grocery shopping at te time so I missed her. We have texted each other since then but I am so sorry to find she has passed. But knowing Louise I know she is having a happy reunion with those she loves on the other side. What a privilege to have known her for a little while here. My heart goes out to her family. She will certainly be missed by so many who loved her including me!
Louise, was such a pure a and perfect a soul and genuine soul that I have known. The friends that surounded Louise throughout her life... call a her a pearl, how grateful I have been to known her as as a dear, and loving friend.
One of the best teachers West Lake Jr high ever had. She was such a great person. Always waving & saying hello at students whether you were in her class or not. Later on my son had her and she made his confidence grow from 7th-9th grade. The kids surely loved her. She will be missed dearly. Rest in paradise Miss Rounds. Xoxo
Louise was a lovely and talented teacher and will be missed by her family.
I was fortunate to be able to associate with her the University Hospital Cardio Rehab. She was very friendly and fun to work out with as she fit in with 8 or 9 men. I had to leave before she did, but Dom Lomardi kept informed of her health issues for a while. But, she was a very pleasant person and I'm sure she will be missed by family and those who knew her.
One of my favorite teachers. She taught me so much more than the curriculum. She taught me kindness, generosity, honesty. Imagine being an 8th grader with nobody caring about you at home, not caring if you went to school or not, you just live assuming nobody cares about you. Louise Rounds showed me something different. When she asked why I was always late to school I told her I did not have an alarm clock. She paired up with Ms. Hagen and they bought one for me. It was very shocking to me that a teacher would care about a bad kid like me. She helped me learn to be a good writer on the school paper, she taught me the importance of honesty in journalism and life. I will never forget the love she showed me and the example of a quality person. All love in the universe to her and to her family and friends.
I am so sorry to hear 😢 about Miss Rounds I will FOREVER remember her. She was my Advisory teacher for 3 years at West Lake Junior high school. She was always very kind, I loved her so much. ❤️ Awesome teacher!