Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt passed away Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, surrounded by loving family in Bountiful, Utah. She was born Aug. 9, 1929, in New Brunswick, N.J., to Kenneth R. and Iona B. Stevens, the second of seven children.
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Marva was raised in Logan, Utah, where her father taught at Utah State University. From 1938-40 she lived in Tahiti where her father served as an LDS mission president. There she was educated in French and grew to love the isles of the sea.
Marva graduated from USU in 1951, where she served as student body secretary and met the love of her life, LeGrande Allen. They married March 20, 1953, in the Logan LDS Temple. They settled in Bountiful, Utah, where they raised their eight children.
A dedicated and devoted wife and mother, Marva lived a life of service and love. Her legacy of sacrifice and selfless giving is indelible. Over the years she has been a source of strength to LeGrande, always caring and concerned. For over 58 years theirs was a true love story.
Forever valiant in her testimony in the Latter-day Saint faith, she never said no to a calling, serving in every auxiliary in both teaching and leadership positions. She was affectionately called "Marvelous Marva" by those who knew and loved her. Her testimony and faith were evident in her words and by her actions. She loved reading the Book of Mormon and was faithful in her study. She filled many journals until she could no longer write.
Marva's hands were always busy in good works. She made 37 personalized baptism quilts for her grandchildren, as a physical reminder of the significance of the ordinance, as well as demonstrating her love to each of them. She was a prolific bread maker, always sharing hot loaves to others as a token of her love. She was a skilled seamstress and a masterful typist who spent nights proofing and typing her children's school papers. She wrote remarkable, detailed letters to loved ones, which she often called her "epistles."
Marva loved to learn and shared that passion with her children and grandchildren. She taught a love of books and reading to her family, as the public library became a favorite place to her posterity. She also enjoyed the outdoors and shared many vacations with her family, fishing, hunting and camping in the mountains. She especially loved sunsets, and would call her family out to enjoy their beauty. Music was important to her, and she sacrificed so that her children might receive music lessons. She especially loved patriotic music and played it often. She gardened and canned tirelessly, taking great joy from her labors and being grateful for the earth's harvest.
Marva loved her pioneer ancestry, participating as an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers for many years. She loved her calling as a church service missionary at the Beehive House. Marva wore out her life in the service of others. Her request to her family was "no empty chairs" when the curtain of mortality falls. Her legacy of faith and humility will inspire many for generations to come. She was a proud supporter of her missionary grandchildren, 17 of whom have already or are currently serving. There are still many who will yet serve.
The family would like to thank the many caregivers who have provided kind and loving service to their parents, including Carol Jean, Jennifer, Dawn, Glenna, Applegate Hospice, Life Care and many dear grandchildren.
Marva was preceded in death by her parents and baby brother, K.B. She is survived by her sisters, Catherine Boman and Vera Winkel; and her brothers, Kenneth, Lyman and Mark Stevens. Marva is also survived by her husband, LeGrande; and children, Maylene (Mark) Millburn of Centerville, Rebecca (Clark) Allred of Vernal, Kayla (Lorin) MacKay of Bountiful, Daniel (Cheryl) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Scott (Tiffiny) of West Bountiful, Marcia (Scott) Stanford of Fullerton, Calif., Rozanne (Eric) Oldroyd of Farmington, and Jennavee (Mathew) Anderson of Kaysville. She has 41 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at the Bountiful 37th Ward, 1450 N. 400 East. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., and 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to services. Interment will be in Bountiful City Cemetery.
Online guestbook at www.russonmortuary.com.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15, 2011