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Maxine Garff


1917 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Maxine Garff Obituary
1917 ~ 2014
Maxine Rice Garff passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, February 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. of natural causes.
Mrs. Garff was born on March 17, 1917, in Parker, Idaho. Her parents were H. Clem Rice and Chloe Hunter Rice. She attended grade school in Parker and graduated from high school in St. Anthony, Idaho. She attended and graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, with a degree in elementary education. She then taught the second grade for three years in Moreland, Idaho.
She was previously married on February 20, 1943. Her husband was killed in a plane crash in World War II six months after they were married.
Mrs. Garff returned to Idaho. She considered going back into education. However, she was called to serve an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the East Central States Mission. She was a faithful and hard-working missionary. Near the end of her mission, she was hospitalized in Louisville, Kentucky, where she had surgery that ultimately left her with only one-half a kidney.
Returning home, she moved to Utah, where she attended the University of Utah. She also worked at the Deseret Sunday School.
She met, fell in love with, and soon married Royal L. Garff, a widower with four children. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 2, 1948.
Mrs. Garff gave 31 years of uninterrupted service in the Mutual Improvement Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was the chairperson for the 1965 Salt Lake County Cancer Drive.
She served a term as president of the University of Utah's Women's Club. She was also the President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity Mother's Club.
Mrs. Garff was a model hostess from 1972-78 and then the Director of Hostesses at the LDS Church Office Building from 1978-1990.
Mrs. Garff appreciated beautiful things. She decorated their home on the hill tastefully and those friends and family who came to visit felt a warm and cheerful spirit. She loved to sew and sewed and provided a beautiful trousseau of clothing for each of her three daughters at the time of their weddings.
She is survived by Donna G. Marriott (J.W. Marriott, Jr.), Joanne G. Hart (H. Ray Hart), Dennis R. Garff (deceased) his widow, Suzanne Garff Glasmann, Linda G. Rutter (J. Michael Rutter), 17 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday March 8, 2014 at the Monument Park 15th Ward, 1320 Wasatch Drive, SLC, UT. There will be a viewing on Friday, March 7th 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South and another at the church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 8th , prior to the services. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, SLC, UT.
We acknowledge and thank all of the medical and transitional care people who have assisted us and for the their kind and compassionate service to Mrs. Garff. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Maxine's name to the Royal Garff Scholarship, 210 South 1460 East #105, SLC, UT 84112-9055.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 2 to Mar. 6, 2014
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