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Marva Johnson Empey


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Marva Johnson Empey Obituary
Marva Johnson Empey, 84, passed away at her Blackfoot home on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born January 28, 1931 in Mantua, Utah the 6th child of 7 born to Ernest Edgar Johnson and Marina Minnerly Perkins. When Marva was three years old, her mother passed away and soon after her father married a wonderful lady, Ruth M. Burklund, who instantly Marva called "MOM".

Marva grew up in Mantua, Utah where she attended elementary school. She graduated from Box Elder High School in 1949 in Brigham City, Utah. She then attended BYU in Provo, Utah and Utah State University in Logan, Utah. After school, she served a full-time mission in the Northern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was there that she met her sweetheart, Gary Empey, a full-time missionary from Idaho. After their missions, they were married in the Logan LDS Temple on April 3, 1957.

Marva was a very selfless, giving person. She loved serving others around her. She was a very social person who would start a conversation with anyone. She was a hard worker and was a great example of service. She loved being at home with her children but also enjoyed helping with the family budget. She sold Tupperware, Lavoy Apparel, Avon, and Fuller Brush. She also worked at Payne's IGA Grocery Store in Rockford. She enjoyed her time working at Blackfoot Motor Company also. She finished her working career at Blackfoot School District as a paraprofessional (teacher's aide).

Marva had a great, spunky personality that will be missed. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved the Gospel and loved serving in the various teaching and leadership capacities.

She is survived by all of her children, Peggy (Scott) Hansen of Blackfoot, ID, Craig (Sherri) Empey of Idaho Falls, ID, Mark (Kendra) Empey of Blackfoot, ID, Tina Empey of Lehi, UT, Lisa (John) Warren of Blackfoot, ID, Sam (Lisa) Dela Rosa of Blackfoot, ID; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Arletta (Delbert) Jensen, Mantua, UT, Faye (Art) Hansen, Tyhee/Chubbuck, ID, Leon Johnson, Mantua, UT and Charlene Weaver, Salt Lake City, UT. There are also many other individuals that are considered family and who called her "MOM". Marva was well loved!

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gary Empey; her parents; her brother, Ernest Edgar Jr.; her sister, Edna Morgan; and her grand puppy, Snickers.

Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Blackfoot South Stake Center, 900 Riverton Road. The family with meet with friends on Sunday evening , July 5, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave. and for one hour prior to the service at the stake center. Interment will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.

The family expresses their appreciation to Encompass Home Health & Hospice for the loving care they have offered to Marva over the past several years. Thanks to all! Specific thanks and love is expressed to Kathy Hjelm and Sheila Jackman for their dedicated years of service and love to Marva.
Published in The Morning News on July 2, 2015
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