Zepha Marilyn Monson Swensen
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Great Falls —After living a fun filled, adventurous and world traveling life, Zepha Marilyn Monson Swensen passed away quietly in her home with her family on April 7th 2014 at the age of 78. Marilyn was born on October 4th 1935 in American Fork Utah, the second child of Willard Martin and Elda Fox Monson. She was one of four daughters and one son born to Bill and Elda Monson. Marilyn graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 1953 and worked at a doctor's office prior to marrying her high school sweetheart, Morris Dee Swensen, on June 2, 1954 in the Manti LDS Temple. Marilyn then began a 22-year world adventure, following her husband from one US Air Force flying assignment to another. There were adventures in Texas, Mississippi, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, and Florida (several of these states more than once), Utah, Okinawa, Japan, North Dakota, and finally Montana. They moved to Great Falls in 1972 and have been here ever since.
Marilyn and Dee were blessed with three daughters and three sons. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Marilyn served in many positions including Relief Society President, Seminary Teacher, Sunday School Teacher, Cub Scout Den Mother and Young Women's Leader. She loved teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to youth and adults alike.
For many years Marilyn was involved in sculpting, designing, showing and selling porcelain dolls. She and her husband were also very involved in home-based businesses in natural foods and health supplements for many years. Marilyn was a talented painter, a pursuit she took up again several years ago, even studying painting at the University of Great Falls. She even had some of her paintings printed for sale.
Marilyn and Dee owned and operated the Magic Mill and Grain Shop of Great Falls for many years. She made many lifelong friends in all these pursuits. Due to her natural ability to communicate and convey her opinions and beliefs she was asked to participate in the Anti-Pornography and Anti-Gambling citizen committees in Great Falls during the 1980's. In January 2002, Marilyn and Dee served an 18-month Humanitarian Service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kiev, Ukraine, organizing and distributing medical equipment and services to the people of Ukraine. Marilyn's greatest joys came from serving others, enjoying her many family members, painting, and entertaining good friends.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 59 years, Morris Dee Swensen, her children: Kendall (Tammy) Swensen, Richard (Sarah) Swensen, Maridee (Clay) Killian, Katrina (Allan) Carpenter, Krystn (Brian) Clark and Dr. Lars (Kathleen) Swensen, 31 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren with 4 more on the way, and three sisters. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Elda, brother Martin, grandson Jens Carpenter and great-grandson Alexander Carpenter.
Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints, Great Falls Stake Center, 1401 9th St NW at 11 am Saturday, April 19, 2014. Viewings will be held at Croxford Funeral Home, Great Falls on Friday April 18th from 6-8 pm and from 10-11 am at the chapel prior to the service.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 13, 2014
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