Marilyn Ballard Harley

Marilyn Ballard Harley CHARLESTON - Marilyn Ballard Harley passed away in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 10, 2013, with her husband, Fred, by her side. Marilyn was born October 7, 1937, in Great Falls, Montana, to Leonard and Elma Ballard. She graduated from Great Falls High School in 1955, and then attended Brigham Young University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Education. While at BYU she met her husband, Fred Harley. They were married on July 9, 1958. After a brief time in Utah and California, she moved with her husband and small family to Fred's native city of Charleston, South Carolina, where they would spend the next 19 years. It did not take long for Marilyn to become a true adopted daughter of the South. Marilyn quickly learned everything about her new surroundings and became extremely well versed in the history of Charleston. During this same time she immersed herself in the work to build a strong community for her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While her husband served as a Bishop and then as the first Stake President in Charleston, Marilyn provided constant support for her husband and served in many leadership positions herself such as Relief Society President, Primary President, Young Women Leader, and Girls Camp Director. In 1983, Marilyn again embarked on a new adventure with her family and moved to American Fork, Utah, where she continued her faithful service to her family and church. Woven into her passion to live a faithful life was an even greater desire to be a mother. She and Fred had 10 children. Her life was spent rearing children, but it was not limited to her own. Marilyn opened her arms and home to her nephews, David, Earl, and Robert Harley, a family friend, Jerry King, and countless others that needed a place to stay for a time or a meal in passing. Fred and Marilyn also took in George Pecklin, an older gentleman who was a friend of the family, and cared for him until he died in 2003. Marilyn nurtured her children with complete dedication. As her children grew, Marilyn continued to be actively involved in the lives of her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who sat by her side and felt her love. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Fred Ittner Harley of Charleston; seven sons, Brent Sterling Harley of Charleston, Kevin Todd Harley (Donna) of Anchorage, AK, Laren Kim Harley (Lauri) of Highland, UT, Shawn Aaron Harley (Michelle) of Cedar Hills, UT, Ryan Paul Harley (Valerie) of American Fork, UT, Vaughan Ivan Harley (Brenda) of Henderson NV, Mark Randall Harley (Paige) of Orem, UT; 3 daughters, Wanda Harley MacPherson (Curtis) of Cedar Hills, UT, Jeneen Harley Nance (Jeffery) of Leavenworth, KS, LaNell Harley Moore (Tyler) of American Fork, UT; a sister, Cheryl L. Ballard Ivie of Spainsh Fork, UT; and 35 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held at J. Henry Stuhr Inc. West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Pkwy. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 pm. A second viewing will be held at Anderson & Sons Mortuary 49 E 100 N American Fork, UT on Sunday June 16, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held in the American Fork 33 Ward Chapel 1395 N 100 E American Fork, UT at 11am on June 17, 2013 with a viewing before from 9:45-10:45 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the church missionary fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/missionary/news-features/donate-to-the-missionary-fund.html#.UbeBuSvwLLx. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Anderson and Sons Mortuary
49 East 100 North American Fork, UT 84003
(801) 756-3564
Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 12, 2013