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Obituary for Mary Monson Sawaya

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Mary Monson Sawaya

October 28, 1932 - September 23, 2013


Our precious, dear Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma departed from us at home, to be present with her Lord and Savior, at 9:50 PM on Monday, September 23, 2013 surrounded by her children.
Mary Monson Sawaya was born October 28, 1932 in Provo, Utah to Albert and Olea Sims Monson. Mom’s family lived in several places before settling in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended East High and graduated from South High School.
She worked as a model and telephone operator before meeting dad. One day after work, she walked out and found two suitors waiting to drive her home. She knew by choosing dad’s truck to get into, he was the man she would spend her life with. On July 18, 1955 she married the love of her life, Edward Donald Sawaya, in Lubbock, Texas.
Throughout Dad’s 20 year career as an Air Force pilot they raised six children while stationed at many bases around the U.S. and in Okinawa. After retiring, they settled in South Ogden, Utah where Mom became a skin care specialist for Elysee Cosmetics and ZCMI.
Mom’s life was all about her love for the Lord, her husband, children and family. She was an incredible cook, the wonderful nightly meals and amazing feasts she prepared for every holiday and family gathering are legendary.
Surviving are her children: Kathleen (Pat) Vega of Clinton, Edward Jr. (Jackie) Sawaya of Uintah, Debbie (Jeff) Lowe of Roy, Sally (Les) Muchmore of South Ogden, and Mary (Scott) Hatfield of Washington Terrace. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and nine and a half great grandchildren, two sisters, Gloria Neff, and Beverly Blake.
Mom lost her husband in November 2009 and her son Thomas (Tom-Tom) August 2010. Also preceding her were her parents, brother Danny and sister LaWanna.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday September 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to services from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
The family would like to give a special thank you to P.A. Rod Grogran for his compassionate care and friendship towards Mom, and our family.



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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Time: 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Time: 3:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


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Born: October 28, 1932
Died: September 23, 2013

Condolences for Mary Monson Sawaya

Becky Jones posted on 10/15/13

I can't believe Mary is not there across the street. Every time I look out my window or do something in my front yard I think of Mary. She was such a precious neighbor. I remember one Christmas she called just to tell us how much she enjoyed the lights we had put up. She was so full of love. I miss her, but I know she is rejoicing in heaven with her Ed and her Jesus.


Maggie St. Claire posted on 9/29/13

I remember when your folks got married. I thought your mother was the most glamourous woman I had ever met. She turned out to also be sweet and kind and funny. She will be missed. Love to you all, Maggie


Bonnie & George Watts posted on 9/28/13

Ed & Jackie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.


Dick&Phyllis Allam posted on 9/28/13

We are so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you. Our love always. Dick &Phyllis Allam Your parents were very special. We loved them.


The Williams Family posted on 9/27/13

I am so sorry for your loss. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers, as well as your memories give you comfort to help you endure the days ahead. The Bible also offers comfort. “For God is near to those broken at heart. “ Ps 34:17,18. Our Creator promises that there will soon be a time when “death will be no more.” Revelation 21:4. I hope this brings you comfort.