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Marie Dean Speakman

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Marie Dean Speakman Obituary
1928-2013
Marie Dean Speakman returned home to her Heavenly Father on Sunday, June 9, 2013, following a long and courageous journey with Alzheimer's. She passed away peacefully, close to family, at Legacy House in Logan, Utah.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 17, 2013, at the Kenwood First Ward Building, 1765 East 3080 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. A viewing will be held Sunday evening, June 16, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and again at the Kenwood First Ward Building, 1765 East 3080 South on Monday, June 17, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm prior to the service. The family gives loving thanks to the compassionate care provided by Encompass Hospice and the staff of the Memory Unit at Legacy House.
Marie is survived by five children, Marilyn Titus, Taylorsville, Utah; Debbie (Curt) Ostrander, Smithfield, Utah; Kathy Jensen, Smithfield, Utah; Ken (Patty) Speakman, Star Valley Ranch, Wyoming; and Steven Speakman, Salt Lake City; 15 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren (with one more on the way). She is also survived by one sister, Roberta (Bob) Peterson, Pleasant Grove, Utah; and two sisters-in-law, Gloria (Shirl) Wright, American Fork, Utah; and Nicholas Speakman, Camarillo, California. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Myrtle Dean; her husband, Bruce; one brother, Edwin Dean; two sisters, Mildred Peine and Winifred Banks; and one brother-in-law, Lyman Aird Speakman.
Marie was born November 13, 1928, in Durango, Colorado. She was raised in Red Mesa, Colorado, and Provo, Utah. She had many fond memories of her years on the farm in Red Mesa and at Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University in Provo. She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the No. W. States Mission.
Following her missionary service, Marie worked for several years at the LDS Church Office Building as an administrative assistant during the tenure of President David O. McKay. She married her best friend and sweetheart, Bruce Speakman, in the Salt Lake Temple on August 8, 1958. Marie was a beloved full-time mother, raising five children, and then returned to the workforce from 1978-1995 in the accounting department at Murdock Travel. She was devoted to her family and to serving the Lord her entire life. Bruce and Marie raised their family in Kenwood First Ward, Salt Lake City, where Marie continued to live following Bruce's death in 2007. In 2011, she moved to Smithfield, Utah. Marie served faithfully in many church callings, including Primary President and Relief Society President. She also devoted thousands of hours to family history work. From August 1991 - August 1993, Bruce and Marie served as service missionaries in the Utah Salt Lake City Granite Park Mission.
At her passing, Marie would ask all those who love her to celebrate her life, rather than mourn her death, by giving Christ-like service to those around them - a pattern Marie exemplified always.
Messages for the family can be posted at: www.HolbrookMortuary.com

Published in Deseret News on June 12, 2013
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