Obituary: Hazel Marchant Thomson Marrott

Published: Thursday, March 25 2004 12:00 a.m. MST

1918 ~ 2004

Hazel Marchant Thomson Marrott, 85, passed away at her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday, March 22, 2004.

Born July 17, 1918, in Peoa, Utah, the daughter of Minerva Jean Casper and Alonzo Justice Marchant. Hazel married Grant A. Thomson in May of 1941 who preceded her in death Oct. 1971. Hazel and Grant have two sons, Drew M. Thomson and Terry G. Thomson, and six grandchildren. Hazel remarried in June of 1985, to her surviving husband, Ray Lewis Marrott. Hazel accepted Ray's 10 living children, 54 grandchildren, 93 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, as her own; having been the only grandmother most of them had known since the passing of Ray's wife, Vaunda Mitchell Marrott, in 1984.

Hazel spent a lifetime in education. After graduating from Peoa Elementary, and South Summit High in Kamas, she went on to receive her B.S. Degree from BYU and a M.A. Degree from the University of Utah. She taught grade school for 17 years in South Summit District and 23 years in Davis District, Bountiful, Utah.

Hazel was an active member in the LDS Church, serving as a Bishop's wife with her husband Grant in Woodland, Utah. Hazel also served on the Primary Stake Board and as Stake Primary President for five years in the South Summit Stake. Her life time interest in genealogical research and her volunteer work at the Genealogy Library in Salt Lake, enabled her to compile many family records for all lines of the Marchants, Thomsons, Marrotts and many others. Hazel's award winning writings were often submitted in local, state and national contests. Her writing skills always included family oriented stories, family biographies, reunion articles, family history books, all of which were loved by her extended family. Hazel served an LDS Mission from 1980-81 in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission and later with Ray to the Alabama Birmingham Mission 1987-88. Hazel was an active member in Camp #17 Daughters of Utah Pioneers and enjoyed that sisterhood. Her 15 years of volunteer work at the Salt Lake Temple was a great source for her many years as a teacher in Sunday School and auxiliary organizations. In 1967 Hazel served under the direction of the Children's Correlation Committee of the LDS Church in writing religious instruction for the children of the Church. She had been appointed by Apostle Gordon B. Hinckley.

Hazel is survived by her husband, Ray L. Marrott; sisters, Nancy Laird of Roy, Utah; Elda VanTassell of Oakley, Idaho; Grace (Harold) Johnson, of Midvale, Utah; and Lula (Verl) Allman of Provo, Utah. Also, by Flora Baker Marchant, sister-in-law (Jay); Dona Pace Marchant, sister-in-law (Glen).

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 27, 2004, 11 a.m., at the Salt Lake 14th Ward, 142 West 200 North. Friends may visit Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., prior to services at the ward. Interment will take place at 4 p.m. in the Ephraim City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Hazel's name to IHC Hospice and Daughters of Utah Pioneers Camp #17.

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