November 26th 1927- June 27th 2014|
Margaret Jane Maeser Cannon slipped away peacefully last week in the presence of family. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Earl Maeser and Bessie Taylor Howe. She has two brothers: Paul Howe Maeser (LaRee Nuttall), deceased, and Earl Stanford Maeser (Saundra Zirker). She moved frequently in her childhood, living in Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, and California. Eventually her family settled in Salt Lake City, where she graduated from East High.
Margaret earned a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Utah. She married John Nelson Cannon in the Salt Lake Temple in 1951. During her last years, his calm presence and knowledgeable care comforted her mind and prolonged her life. For most of the past fifty years they have lived in their beloved Oak Hills neighborhood in Provo. John and Margaret had six children: John M. Cannon (deceased, married to Vonda Brown), Elizabeth Cannon Funk, Paul M. Cannon (Linda Busenbark), David M. Cannon, Cathy Cannon Woolley (Scott), and Christian M. Cannon (Corenna Critchfield).
Margaret served extensively in the LDS church, the PTA, Girl Scouts, and other organizations. She earned a master's degree in English in 1987 and later wrote a biography of her great-grandfather. She survived breast cancer twice. She has had Parkinson's Disease for more than 14 years and was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Throughout her service and physical challenges, she maintained an inclusive outlook, a cheerful heart, and a delightful sense of humor.
She loved reading and learning. She enjoyed sewing projects and actively developed her writing skills. She had a taste for opera, British literature, old movies, and chocolate. She felt deeply blessed by and grateful for her neighbors, friends, and especially family throughout her life. Margaret expressed deep appreciation for the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is survived by her husband, her brother Earl, five of her six children, 28 grandchildren, and 29 great-grand children, and loved being a Mother.
Viewings will be on Sunday, July 6, from 6-9 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State Street in Orem, Utah, and on Monday, July 7, from 8-9:45 a.m. in the Oak Hills LDS church building, 1960 N. 1500 E in Provo, Utah. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. at the same Provo church location. Interment will be at Memorial Mortuarries and Cemeteries 6500 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, Ut. Condolences may be given and a more extensive obituary read at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News on July 5, 2014