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Obituary: SANDBERG, MARY

Published: Friday, Nov. 28 2014 6:29 p.m. MST

Mary R. Sandberg (Williams)May 26, 1924~April 17, 2012Mary Robinson Sandberg passed away on April 17, 2012, at the age of 87. Her family and friends will miss her boundless energy and curiosity, her warmth, and her zest for life. Mary was born on May 26, 1924 in Farmington, Utah to Harold and Hazel Robinson. In recent years she divided her time between St. George and Salt Lake City. She earned a BA and an MA from the University of Utah where she later taught courses in Art History. Passionate about art and education, she served as a member and later as president of the board of the St. George Art Museum. There she helped found a docent program where she trained volunteers in the principles of art and design and in methods of teaching art appreciation to schoolchildren. For these efforts, the city of St. George honored her with their Arts Community Award of Excellence. She also served on the boards of The Utah Opera and The Ouelessebougou Alliance, a health and education partnership in Mali. She acted in plays at The Hale Center Theater. Mary was a natural athlete: she danced, skied, played tennis, and won her division in the St. George marathon. She loved hiking in Utah's national parks and swimming in Bear Lake. An active member of the LDS Church, she served a mission in Manchester, England. Mary raised five daughters with Buz Sandberg, and later married her college sweetheart, Kenneth Williams. Together Mary and Ken enjoyed travel, the arts, and quiet companionship. She was preceded in death by eight days by her daughter, Margaret Sandberg. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth L. Williams, her brothers, George Robinson (Jean) and Hal Robinson, her daughters Robyn Sandberg, Elizabeth Keefe, Mary Jane Taylor (James W.), Sarah Sandberg (Jon Hale), twelve grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at the Federal Heights Ward (1300 E. Fairfax Road) Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and family may call at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. prior to the services. Internment: Farmington City Cemetery. Online condolences welcome at www.larkinmortuary.com.