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Obituary for Marva Roberts

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Marva Roberts

April 10, 1924 - December 2, 2014

Roy-Our dear mother, Marva Russell Roberts, age 90, left this life peacefully with her daughters by her side after fighting melanoma so gracefully for two and a half years.

Mom was born and raised in Roy by her parents James Alexander Russell and Myrtle Field Russell. She graduated from Weber High School in 1941. She married John T Roberts in 1942 and worked for three years at Hill Air Force Base until he returned from the war in Europe. They lived in Ogden where they raised their two daughters. They truly enjoyed life together. They especially loved to golf, to go out dancing, and to go camping with the family.  Mom always made home a very special place for us with her beautiful presence, her cooking, her spontaneous piano music, and her amazing ability to yodel on request. After dad retired from the U.S Postal Service and mom retired from the IRS they lived in Roy. They spent their winters in St. George and traveled to many places in the world, living their dream until dad passed away in 1988.

Mom then spent several years with her friend Bill Rohrer, until he passed away in 2008. She loved and was loved by his daughters Sharon, Pat, Vickie, and their families.

Mom was preceded in death by her brothers Leonard Russell and Kenneth Russell; her sisters Helen Sodenkamp, Norma Holstein, and her identical twin Margie, who left a hole in her heart when she passed away at the age of 15.

Mom is survived by her daughters Margie Gail (Allen) Christensen of Richmond, Utah, and Tori Lana (Jay) Durrant of North Ogden, Utah; her grandchildren Jaimee (Chris) Christensen, Joslin (Aaron) Christensen, Lori (Norm) Blessant, and Kelly (Tara) Durrant; and eight great grandchildren. She never forgot a birthday and was always there with support in times of need.

We want to thank the wonderful doctors and nurses at the Huntsman Cancer Institute for their excellent care of our mother. We are also grateful for the incredible help and care she received from Gentiva Hospice, as well as from Stoney Brooke Assisted Living.

There will be a Memorial Service at 12:00 noon on Monday, December 8, at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836-36th Street, Ogden, Utah. There will be no viewing, but the family will receive visitors at 11:00 am, an hour before the service. Mom will be laid to rest next to our father in Leavitt’s Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.



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Date: Monday, December 8, 2014

Time: 12:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

836-36th Street

Ogden, Ut 84403

There will be no viewing, but the family will receive visitors at 11:00 am, an hour before the service.

Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.


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Born: April 10, 1924
Died: December 2, 2014

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Joe & Sharon Gould posted on 12/8/14

Tori We are so sorry for your loss. Renae said that she had run into you and your Mother wasn't doing well. We are thinking of you. Please take care. Joe & Sharon Gould


Brad Johnson posted on 12/7/14

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you have peace and comfort knowing she led a long and happy life. Brad


Joleen posted on 12/7/14

A lifetime of memories, a guiding spirit, a source of inspiration. Love and strength to you Tori and Gail and all of your family, your Mother's legacy. A part of her will always be a part of you. Thank you for sharing your Momma.


Angel Faile posted on 12/6/14

Miss Marva was a wonderful lady. She was a dear friend to my mom, Dorothy, when they lived next door to each other in Roy. I went to see her a few years ago and had a wonderful visit. Please accept our sincere condolences. Heaven has gained a special Angel. RIP Marva


Sharon, Jerry and Tammy Hart posted on 12/5/14

We will miss our dear sweet neighbor. We are grateful to have had her in our life for the last 14 years. I will miss her tomatoes this coming summer. Sharon, Jerry and Tammy