Marian Beales Smith, quietly and peacefully, bade farewell to her precious family and beloved friends Thursday morning, promptly at 9 a.m., August 27, 1998. Our Darling "Merry Anne" had valiantly prevailed against the insidious encroachment of the problems of Diabetic Neuropathy for 48 years. Her shining example of "enduring faithfully to the end" of her days shall ever be a blessing to all who have had the privilege of knowing and loving and being loved by her. Notwithstanding her daily struggle with "blood sugar levels", insulin injections, diet restrictions, Marian was a very happy girl who loves her family, her friends, her Church, her Savior. She loved her mortal life with all it's beauties and looked forward with keen anticipation to this transition into the next sphere of her existence.
She began her sojourn in the same wonderful Salt Lake City LDS Hospital where she also completed her earthly days. She was born the 7th of March, 1927 as the third daughter and child of Reginald and "Mesia" (Jensen) Beales.She is a graduate of her "beloved" Granite High, and attended both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, prior to serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1949-1950 in what was then known as the North Central States Mission. She had assignments in Glasgow, Montana; Grandforks, North Dakota; Austin, Pipestone and Mankato, Minnesota. She enjoyed her mission days and particularly so for there in Glasgow, she met her "Johnny", whom she married in the Salt Lake Temple on the 31st of August, 1950, exactly 48 years ago. It was a delightful "double wedding", her sister Evlyn married her "Bill" at the same time and place, the weddings being performed by Elder Spencer W. Kimball, then of the Council of the Twelve Apostles. Marian was an excellent stenographer and secretary. She used her talents in service with attorney William "Bill" Dawson, who also became one of our Utah Congressman and then with Leland Flint, President of Zions First National Bank. After Mr. Flint's untimely death, she worked with her dear friend, Ames K. Bagley, a Vice President of the Bank. Later she used her talents on the staff of the University of Utah, both as a secretary to Cedric Davern, during his tenure as Dean of the University Medical School and then finally with her associates of the Department of Budget and Finance of the University. Earlier, she had a wonderful time assisting her brother, Dr. G. Landon Beales in helping to establish his office as his receptionist and aide as he began his career in the practice of medicine.
Marian is survived by her husband, John Dawain Smith; her very precious three daughters and their husbands; Deborah and Dennis Iverson; Victoria and Joseph Huish; Alicia and James Clayton. Her claim to an everlasting remembrance is confirmed by her 15 grandchildren who simply "adore" her. There is Ashley Iverson and her husband Matthew Russell; Andrea Iverson and her husband Michael Morrison; and Chad B. Iverson, soon to depart to Oslo, Norway to serve as a missionary for the LDS church. There is David J. Huish whose missionary papers have been submitted and is awaiting his call, Marie Lynn Huish, Jennifer Ann Huish, Shane Smith Huish, and Allison Jean Huish. Also included are James Michael Clayton, Robert John Clayton, Daniel George Clayton, Kathleen Clayton and Jesse Nolan Clayton. And then as a special blessing, Marian enjoyed becoming a great-grandmother, when Lauren Ashley Russell became the newest member of the family just last November. She is also survived by her sisters, Beverly Beales Ward; Evlyn Beales (William "Bill") Allen; Jeanette Beales (Edward) Holt; and her brothers Landon (Jean) Beales; and Eugene Seaich. She has ever been surrounded by a wonderful host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and "cousins by the dozens", all of whom she loved and enjoyed. Marian was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Smith; her son, John Landon Smith; her sister, Dorothy Beales Seaich; and her parents, Reginald and Mesia Beales.
Funeral service will be Monday, August 31, 1998 at 1 p.m. in the Fairmont LDS Ward Chapel, Granite Stake, located at 2465 So. 8th East, Salt Lake City. Friends may call Sunday, August 30, 1998, 5-7 p.m., at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State St., Murray and Monday 11:30-12:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Elysian Burial Gardens where Marian's precious body will rest adjacent to the graves of her beloved parents.
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