Gillies Funeral Chapel

 

Marian Davis Jeppsen

July 27, 1925 ~ January 7, 2016

 

Memorial Service: 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, at the Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 S., Brigham City, Utah

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Lindon - Marian Davis Jeppsen passed away peacefully on January 7, 2016, at the age of 90, in Lindon, Utah. Marian was born on July 27, 1925 to William Elias Davis and Roxie Larsen in their home in Brigham City, Utah. She was the youngest of three children. She had two older brothers, Richard and Robert, whom she cherished. She graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City in 1943 and the University of Utah in 1947. Marian was a gifted violinist who performed with the Utah Symphony for four years (1946-50) followed by the Salt Lake Symphony for many years. Her musical talents were recognized early in life when she was accepted for instruction at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, one of the most prestigious conservatories in the nation. Many of Marian's children and grandchildren inherited her musical talents. Marian married Malcolm Seth Jeppsen on June 21, 1950 in the Logan Temple. They first met in their junior high school world history class. Malcolm was a year older than Marian and taught her how to drive. They began dating exclusively in 1949 after Malcolm finished medical school. Shortly after they were married, Malcolm was called into active duty as a medical doctor on a U.S. Navy ship in the Korean War. While he was away at sea, Marian gave birth to their daughter, Julie Ellen, in Brigham City. The thrill of having their first child was quickly followed by sorrow and heartbreak when their baby girl died just four days later from a congenital heart defect. Marian and Malcolm went on to have five more children who they raised along with a foster son. They all loved and admired her kindness, patience, and positive outlook on life. Marian was devoted to and supportive of her husband as he served in numerous LDS church callings, including five years (1989-94) as a member of the Second Quorum of Seventy. She also enjoyed several church leadership opportunities including as a Relief Society President (twice) and as Matron of the St. George Temple when her husband was called as President in 1998. Many of her closest friendships were established through her dedicated service. Anyone who knew Marian was showered with her prolific sense of humor and intelligent wit. She had a gift for analyzing life's events, including situations of sorrow and tragedy, in a positive and humorous way that was endearing to everyone. For example, later in her life as her memory began to fail, Marian would frequently frame her memory loss in a humorous, self-deprecating way, such as by responding to a question of "How are you doing, mom?" with, "I must be fine because I can't remember if I'm not!" Marian is survived by her daughter Christine (David) Clark of Logan, Utah; son Robert Jeppsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Kathy (Bill) Eargle of Springfield, Virginia; son John (Jody) Jeppsen of Boulder City, Nevada; son David (Carolyn) Jeppsen of Washington, D.C.; foster son Jaymon Yazzie (Lori); 21 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. The Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, at the Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 S., Brigham City, Utah. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


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