Marilyn Hess

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Marilyn Swensen Hess
Marilyn Swensen Hess passed away surrounded by her loving children on May 21, 2017. She courageously endured a lingering and degenerative physical condition that left her unable to do most of the things she loved during the last few years of her life and yet she was never heard to complain. Marilyn was the oldest of six children and was born on June 1, 1938 to Albert D. and Jennie Romney Swensen in Provo, UT. She lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Washington, DC as a young child and then when she was nine years old the family moved back home and settled in Provo where she attended junior high and high school. During those years she was very involved in student government, debate, theater, and various other clubs and committees. She graduated from BY High in 1956. In 1958 Marilyn married G. David McKell, Jr. with whom she had five children: Mark, Scott, Anne, John, and Kristen. They were later divorced. On April 20, 1978 Marilyn married Edward M. Hess with whom she created and shared a very happy life for more than 35 years until his passing in July of 2013. From 1978 until 2014 Marilyn lived in Nampa, Idaho where she was deeply involved in raising her children and supporting them in their various church, school, and extracurricular activities. She served faithfully and diligently in many different leadership positions at church. Marilyn was a wonderful art teacher and she also used her degree in social work to assist young unwed mothers during the early and challenging stages of motherhood. Her greatest joy and passion, by far, was her family. She did all she could to provide a home that was warm and welcoming and to make the lives of her husband and children comfortable and happy. She also loved to travel and took many trips to Europe with Ted where they developed and shared a love for the beauties of that continent. Her life was spent in the service of others. After retirement, Marilyn served a full-time mission with her husband to the island nation of Samoa for 18 months and there cultivated a great love for those people and their culture. She was preceded in death by her husband; her father and mother; and two of her younger siblings. She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Mark & Lisa, Scott & Tonya, Anne & Todd Bailey, John & Wendy, Kristen & John Strong; four step-children: Mike & Theresa Hess, Greg & Lorena Hess, Johnna & Lars Nelson, Garrison & Christina Hess; 33 grandchildren and roughly 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom love her and will miss her immensely. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26 in the LDS chapel located at 18463 Northside Blvd in Nampa with a viewing from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. prior to the services. She will be laid to rest at the Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa, Idaho. Arrangements by Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 208-467-7300. Condolences may be expressed at


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune from May 24 to May 25, 2017