Marie Esther Nihiser Lasley

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Lasley, Marie Esther Nihiser Howerton
went home to be with the Lord February 23, 2014. She passed away peacefully at her home with two of her daughters, Mary and Fran at her side. Marie was born to Grover and Bessie Nihiser December 5, 1921 in Greeley, CO. She was the 7th of twelve children. In 1941 she married Forrest Dale Howerton in Denver, CO. Marie and Forrest had three children: Kathy, Forrest Jr. and Mary. In 1948 the Howerton family moved to southern California. Sadly, in 1952 Marie was widowed. Marie married Frank B. Lasley in 1956. Frances, Suzanne and Gregory were soon added to the family. Marie took pride in being a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. As her family shares stories of "grandma", two memories keep coming up; her unique sense of humor and her famous, melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk pancakes. 1996 found Frank and Marie moving to Gilbert, AZ to enjoy the golden years. Marie loved her Lord, Jesus Christ and taught her children to love Jesus as well. She is survived by her 6 children, 14 of her 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Preceding Marie in death is her first grandson, Lee; two sons-in-law Ralph and Don; and her husband Frank who passed away just 10 weeks ago. Visitation will be Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. with Funeral services to follow at 8:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary, 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204. Burial will follow at Mariposa Gardens, 400 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206. In lieu of flowers, donations for the cure of Alzheimer's disease can be made to the , Desert Southwest Chapter (www.alzdsw.org). Memories and condolences may be made by visiting the online obituary guest book at www.obits.azcentra.com. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary, Mesa, AZ.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 26, 2014
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