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Della May Sorensen, 92, passed away on Monday, April 4th, 2022 at Life Care Center in Greeley, CO.
Della was born on December 13, 1929 to Orval and Rachael Cunningham in McCracken Kansas. Della
May moved often with her family as a child along the Kansas and Colorado railroad line finally settling in
Della graduated from Eads High School in 1949 at the age of 19. She fought Polio for two
years finally recovering enough to be able to return to school. After graduation she worked at Weisbrod
Hospital in Eads as a Nurse's aid and with Doctor Ward in Holly, CO. Her proudest accomplishment
during this time was her ability to revive a child that had been overcome by gas fumes. Della also played
on a Women's Minor League softball team for several years.
She worked for 21 years at Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph company as a switchboard operator and supervisor.
November of 1955, Della was on switchboard duty during the 2nd plane crash recorded in history that was blown up by a
bomb over the United States. Della helped coordinate the emergency response and documented witness calls that came
through the switchboard. Debris was reported over a 6 mile radius in Weld County. After leaving Mt. Bell, she worked for Weld
County and miscellaneous retail jobs before retiring in 1990.
Della May was married to Paul Sorensen and had two boys, Dale in 1959 and Todd in 1968. She is
preceded in death by both of her parents, sisters Laura Via and Reba VanSchooten. She is survived by
her brother Orla Ray Cunningham, her sons Dale (Karen), and Todd Sorensen. Three grandsons, Lucas
Sorensen (Nicole), Nathan Sorensen (Jessica), and Joshua Sorensen (Susan). Four great grandkids Karina
Castro, Gunnar Sorensen, Tuyet Sorensen, and Ryker Sorensen.
Della will be celebrated in a private family ceremony in July and will be laid to rest next to her mother at
Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.