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Mary Olive Cloyd, 81, was called back home to her Heavenly Father on May 27, 2014. She was born on a beautiful winter morning, January 8, 1933, in Bloomington, Indiana to Earl Laverne Kirkman and Rosetta May Patton. Mary spent her childhood in Indiana and upon her completion of high school in 1951, moved to Maryland where she met her future husband, James Henry Cloyd. James was serving in the US Air Force at the time and fell in love with the woman he would call Marov. The sweethearts married in a preacher's home in Baltimore on February 2, 1953. James and Mary moved often due to his career in the military but eventually chose to make California their new home. Mary loved to work and spent time alongside her husband in their business as well as devoting 33 years of her life as a legal transcriber. Mary was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding many positions during her life, including Relief Society President. Mary loved to crochet, and was rarely seen without a project (baby blanket for a new family member) as well as having a green thumb. She was also a voracious reader but could enjoy an occasional TV show.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Wayne Melvin, Sr., Robert Dale, Earl Laverne (Jack), and Lester Eugene Kirkman, and sister Betty Rose Fleetwood.

She is survived by her companion of 61 years, and by her loving children Mary Rose Thordsen (John) of Yuba City, Becky Sue Christensen (Paul) of Marysville, Sally Kailihiwa of Yuba City, and James H. Cloyd, Jr. (Holly) of Spanish Fork, Utah. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 30, 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1997 N. Beale Road, Marysville. Graveside services to follow at Sutter Cemetery.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on May 29, 2014
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