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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, UT. – Marion Annie Crossley Margetts, 98, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. To her family she was affectionately known as Tutu (Hawaiian for grandmother).
Marion was born November 26, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah to George Harry Crossley and Lillian Taylor Crossley. She graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City at age 16. She was a talented actress and enjoyed participating in school plays. After graduation she worked for the telephone company in Salt Lake City.
She married her eternal sweetheart Hyrum Russell Margetts on October 19, 1940 in the Oahu Hawaii Temple. Following their marriage, Marion and Russ lived in Hawaii for three years. They were survivors of the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. They were blessed with five children. In Hawaii, their oldest daughter Leilani was born. Then, in 1943 Marion and Russ were transferred to Alameda, California where their second daughter Sharon was born. In 1946 Marion and Russ returned to Salt Lake City, where their daughters Diane, Marianne and son Russell were born. Being a mother and grandmother was Marion’s greatest joy. Family meant everything to her. She sacrificed her wants to make sure her family’s needs were met.
Marion and Russ lived in the Canyon Rim area for over 70 years. She was very active in the community and in her church. She served as Primary President and Relief Society President, and a teacher for many years. With her husband she served a service mission in the Burton Singles Ward in Salt Lake City. She served in the Salt Lake Temple for a number of years.
Marion was an excellent cook, with pies being one of her many specialties. One of the treasures she left her family was a book of her recipes. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and reading. She enjoyed traveling with her husband.
Marion had a profound testimony of Jesus Christ and in His gospel. She lived her testimony in every way. Her life was one of service to everyone, both friends and family. She assisted all of her daughters and many of her granddaughters as they gave birth to new babies. She was the first to provide care for friends and family whenever they were seriously sick. She lovingly cared for her husband during his final years of life.
Marion is survived by children Sharon M. (Lewis) Petersen, Diane (Sherwood) Pack, Marianne (David) Johnson, Russell L. (Wendy) Margetts, 24 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, daughter Leilani, parents, sister Etta Mitchell and brother George T. Crossley.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Rosecrest First Ward, 3101 South 2300 East, Millcreek, UT. A viewing will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, prior to the funeral, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 am at the same address. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Millcreek, UT.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the neighbors and friends in the Rosecrest First Ward for their love and care for Mom. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.