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Mari Foutz Flanery


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Mari Foutz Flanery

Phoenix - Mari Foutz Flanery, 83, passed away peacefully on Mother's Day. Forty-seven years earlier the family doctor announced that Mari would probably not live past the year, but LIVE she did. She desired to not just be a survivor of Crohn's and other health complications, but to really live making a positive difference where she could.

Continually learning and teaching others was one of her mantras. There would also be rocks, minerals and gems to collect in order to make them into unique jewelry items. A licensed gemologist, she would often strand together "gifts that make memories." She loved to surround herself with beautiful things that have a choice story behind them that she could relate.

She faithfully carried a notebook to record her continual lists of things to do and projects to accomplish. "Bloom where planted," another mantra became her guide when she lived in Utah, California, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, and Arizona.

When Mari and Cecil retired to Florida, "Learn and grow through our travels" was another mantra they developed together. They sailed their boat extensively on wonderful travel adventures for ten years. During this time, they also purchased and maintained medical buildings. When the Flanery's moved to Scottdale they continued working as a team in Owner/Medical Building Management. They became strong supporters to the Phoenix Art Gallery, a variety of Phoenix sport teams, and the Mayo Clinic.

Mari was preceded in death by her husband Cecil, and her fourth child Anastasia. She is survived by her brother Edwin Luff Foutz (Jackie) of Scottsdale, three children -Marty Jensen (Dr. Ole) of Denver, Edwin Potter (Linda) of Tempe, and Dr. Clayton Potter and Teresa Eckstein of Paducah, Kentucky. She will also be lovingly remembered by her eleven grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Friday, May 18th, at 10 AM at the LDS Chapel at 6840 East Gold Dust Ave., in Scottsdale. Mari will be buried in the Four Corners area that she loved so much, with her husband. Memorials may be made in Mari's name to the Mayo Clinic.
Published in The Arizona Republic from May 17 to May 18, 2018
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