Mary Lou Warren Kosanke was born on April 9, 1939 in Moab, UT, the eldest daughter of Bert and Arvilla Warren.
She passed away October 13, 2010, on a beautiful warm Fall day.
Mary Lou is the loving mother of six children: Sheri (Robert) Christensen of St. George, UT, Debra (John) Ortez of West Jordan, UT, Wendy Evertsen of Sandy, UT, Randy Warren Mosher (who predeceased her in 1982), Kristy (Steve) Brinkman of Harker Heights, TX, Amy Schierman of Grand Jct., CO, and step-mother to Shannon Kosanke (Ron) Krist of La Sal, UT, and Kraig (Glenda) Kosanke.
She is also survived by her ten grandchildren: Shaun, Jordan (currently serving an LDS Mission in Michigan), Kimberly, Matthew and Christian Brinkman, Jason (a sophomore at UNM) and Jennifer Schierman, Kelsie and Alexa DeMita, and Jake Evertsen, and step-grandchildren Kim Krist Halls and Kevin Krist; a brother, Arthur Junior Steele of Ogden, UT and a sister, Carolyn “Babe” Warren of Layton, UT, as well as many extended family and friends.
Mary Lou was a generous and giving woman of many talents. She had a great passion for reading and education, volunteering time at Bluff Elementary School while helping the Kindergarten and First graders discover the many worlds that reading a book can bring.
She was a prize winning cook who besides feeding her own family, always had something warm for a new family in the neighborhood or someone in need. She loved to experiment with her cooking and had recipes for some of her creations published in Country Woman magazine.
Her fun in the kitchen expanded when she married Steve Kosanke and he taught her the finer points of candy making; then ALL the kids and grandkids looked forward to Christmas and “Kosanke Kandy”!
Mom enjoyed travelling and she and Steve had many adventures from gold mining in Nevada, fishing in Alaska, watching the sunsets in Hawaii, enjoying the splendor of Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, the craftsmanship of Mount Rushmore, the wilderness and beauty of Canada as well as many more locations throughout the United States.
Following Steve’s passing, Mom spent time enjoying cruises with her sister Carolyn, and daughter Sheri. The last big trip Mom undertook was July of 2009, when she took her entire family (kids, spouses and grandkids) on a fun-filled trip to Disneyland.
Mom will most be remembered for her sparkling blue eyes, her infectious smile and the grace and dignity with which she lived her life. Her strength of character and perseverance through life’s trials serve as a template for others.
Per Mom’s wishes, a graveside service and burial were held at the Monticello, UT City Cemetery on October 19, 2010.
She requested that any contributions be made to Primary Children’s Medical Center because as she put it… “After all…kids are my favorite people”.