Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, teacher and friend, Mary Alice Boyle Edstrom Daley, passed away April 10, 1998, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born July 22, 1904, in Heber City, Utah, Mary Alice, one of seven children, was the second daughter of Edward J. Boyle and Alice Fox Boyle.Living most of her early life in Park City, Utah, she was valedictorian of her high school class, graduating from Park City High School in 1921. Pursuing a career as a teacher, she earned her Bachelors degree at the University of Utah. She started her teaching career in Park City, Utah. During the summer months she continued her education at UC Berkeley in California. Retiring after teaching 34 years in Park City and Granite School Districts, she continued to be active in the 49ers Club and traveled a great deal.
Mary Alice married William "Slim" Edstrom November 11, 1926. They had one son, William W. Edstrom. Her husband died in 1931. After her son William "Billy", entered the Air Force, Mary Alice married Frank J. Daley on July 31, 1952.
As a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister she was proud, loving, generous, thoughtful and caring. As a teacher she touched the future, some of her students becoming doctors, lawyers, judges, musicians, ministers, teachers and principals.
With a marvelous memory, Mary Alice was an historian of her time recalling with great detail the happenings of early Park City and Salt Lake City and their residents. Mary Alice loved singing and sing-a-longs. She loved traveling. One of her favorite trips was when she traveled to visit her son and his family when they were stationed in Korea. She was a talented artist. Hanging on to her independence tenaciously, at the age of 93 she advised, "Even at my age there are still things to learn." A lady of grace, elegance and intelligence, Mary Alice is remembered for her humor and humility. We will continue to hear her voice, particularly her expressions of "Well, Well", "Oh, Mother", "Well anyway...", "One-Two-Three", "Lady Jane", "Tres Bien!". All who knew her, will continue to remember her as a very special and sweet lady.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Elinor Edstrom; four grandchildren, William Edstrom, Jr., his wife, Pamela and their daughter, Kate; Marie Christine (Edstrom) Pusateri, her husband, Mark and their children, Sarah, Mark, Deanna and Gina; David Edstrom, his wife, Kristin and their children, Ainsley and Alec; and Steven Edstrom, his wife, Megan and their son, Ian Michael; her sister, Elizabeth (Boyle) Bascou; her brother, Frank Emmett Boyle and his wife, Gladys and their sons, Michael and Edward; her nephew, Robert Nyberg and his wife, LaRae; her nephew, Fred Boyle; her niece, Katherine (Boyle) Sowards; and many friends.
Mary Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William "Slim" Edstrom; son, William "Billy" Edstrom; husband, Frank J. Daley; brother, Edward A. Boyle; and sisters, Ella (Boyle) Nyberg, Nora (Boyle) Geer, and Edna (Boyle) Lage.
Mary Alice was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. She was a lifetime member of the 49ers Club, and belonged to Utah Retired Teachers Association.
The family extends its deepest gratitude to Val, who gave so much of her time, energy and love to "Mrs. Daley" these past years. She has been a true and caring friend. A special thanks also goes to Marie, Steve, Aaron, Lynette, Irene, Carla and June.
Those of us, whom she leaves behind, love and miss her. We are truly grateful for her touch upon our lives. Those who have awaited her, particularly her "Billy", now greet her.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, 670 S. 1100 E. A vigil service will be held Monday, 7 p.m. where friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. also at the church. Committal service, Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 4th Ave. and "T" Street. Funeral directors: Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary.
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