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1939 - 2014
North Logan - Marilyn Rae Card Thomas, 74, died on Tuesday March 4, 2014, in Logan, Utah. She was born in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, on Nov. 27, 1939, to Reed and Fern Holman Card. She grew up in Cardston with her sister, brothers and cousins. She was close to her grandparents and loved going to Magrath to visit them. Marilyn loved school, learning and books and was an exceptional student. This enthusiasm took her to the University of Alberta, where she earned a teaching certificate. She later completed a bachelor's degree from Utah State.
Marilyn met James Hadland Thomas in 1959 and married him on Sept. 22, knowing their lives would be an adventure. This proved to be true as Jim's career in agriculture and international development at Utah State University took them all over the world. Taking their children with them, they lived in Bolivia, Iran, Bolivia again, Egypt and India. After their children were grown, they continued their adventures and lived in Palestine and they served an LDS mission together in Puerto Rico and Curacao. Jim and Marilyn loved to travel and continued doing this throughout their lives. Marilyn was enchanted by Africa from a young age and their final trip was to South Africa to enjoy the wild animals that she loved. Their world perspective provided them with many opportunities to help others and they served an additional humanitarian mission for the LDS church, providing expert advice around agricultural projects throughout the world. She visited 92 countries in her lifetime.
Marilyn read avidly and took classes both at USU and through the LDS Institute whenever she could. She loved libraries and worked in them in Cardston, Taber, Cairo, New Delhi, Jenin and North Logan and devoted many hours of service to their development. She served others in many capacities: in women's clubs as she lived overseas, at USU, in Cache Valley and throughout her experience in the church.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Robyn. She is survived by her husband, James, her children, Douglas (Carol), Shauna Crane (Bruce), Michael (Fran), Wendy Vernon (Matt), and David (Ainsley), as well as her grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the North Logan 2nd Ward Chapel, 1105 E. 2100 North in North Logan. A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St. in Logan, and prior to the services on Saturday at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Logan City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.allen mortuaries.net.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2014
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