Mary Forman Walkenhorst 1916 ~ 2011

Mary Walkenhorst passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2011 surrounded by her family.She was born May 29, 1916 on a ranch in Thatcher, Idaho to John Forman and Elizabeth Banks Forman. She was the third of five daughters all of whom worked the ranch. She graduated from high school as valedictorian. After graduation and with encouragement from her family, Mary moved to Salt Lake where she attended and graduated from Stevens-Henager Business College. She worked at McGee Title Company until marrying Howard Henry Walkenhorst on October 5, 1937. Later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of four children. When the youngest started school, she resumed her education, graduating from Salt Lake Trade Tech in nursing. She worked many years at LDS Hospital, room 305 ICU. Howard and Mary purchased their dream home and property in Oakley, Utah, where they lived until his passing in 1983. She served full-time in the Canada Winnipeg Mission. She also served three years as a service missionary in the Family History Library in Salt Lake. She resided in Farmington the last years of her life. She crocheted and donated thousands of baby booties, caps and receiving blankets to LDS Humanitarian Services. She was an active member of the LDS Church, serving faithfully in many callings, most recently as historian in the Farmington 5th Ward. She enjoyed and kept in contact with her grandchildren and extended family. She remained active and lived independently until just days before her passing. Mary was strong-minded, consistent in her beliefs and loyal to her friends. Survived by four children, Jim (Barbara), Steve (LuAnn), Jean (Wayne Young) and Jack (Tonia), 10 grandchildren, seven great-grand-children with one on the way, as well as her sister, Melba. Preceded in death by parents and sisters, Ione, Alene and Irene. Viewing will be held on Friday, June 17, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the stake center, 347 So. 200 West, Farmington, Utah. Friends and family are welcome to meet at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, on Saturday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m. prior to a graveside service in Salt Lake City Cemetery at noon. Online condolences may be sent at