Surrounded by her family, Marjorie Marsden Heyborne, age 93, passed away at home in St. George, Utah, on June 1. She was born on April 30, 1923, in St. George, Utah, to Arvilla Connell and Lucius Nelson Marsden. She was married to the love of her life, Rulon “Rick” Heyborne, on Oct. 21, 1953. She had three children; her first child, Michael, passed away of complications shortly after birth.
She spent her early childhood years in Parowan, later moving to Cedar City with her family. She attended the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, Utah; the Agricultural College in Logan, Utah; and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She entered the business world working in her father’s clothing store, Marsden’s Men’s Wear, and as a young woman she spent a summer working at the lodge on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She also worked for the telephone company and as secretary to the chairman of the State Liquor Commission.
She enjoyed traveling and visited many areas of the country. She also took flying lessons and loved doing maneuvers and stalls. She moved to San Francisco to work in her early 20s but later returned home to help take care of her family as her mother was ailing. It was then she met and married Rulon, who had also recently returned to Cedar City from Los Angeles. They moved to Salt Lake City in 1963 where she had a long career with the food brokerage firm Mancini and Groesbeck as office manager. She loved to sing and was a member of the Salt Lake Oratorio Society for many years, performing Handel’s “Messiah” each Christmas.
As a young woman, she was offered the chance to move to New York City to study dance and voice but choose to stay close to her family. It was always a joy to see her dance the Charleston, which she did often at the request of her children. Her loud whistle was always impressive, and it was used as needed to call children home for supper or just to let them show off to their friends. Even though she was scared of the water, she enjoyed many years of boating with the family, Lake Powell being a favorite spot. In 1989, she moved to St. George, where she and Rulon retired. She was an avid Bridge player and won several medals playing in the Huntsman games. She loved the St. George area and had many friends there.
The thing that made her happiest was seeing her family safe, comfortable, fed and happy. When asked her secret for raising children, her answer was simple: “Everything you do, do it with love.” That is how she lived her life.
Marjorie is survived by her husband, Rulon; daughter, Holly (Pete) Savage; son, Randy (Ali); grandchildren: Paul Ryan (Megan), Malory Lord (Travis), Grace, Hannah and Jacob; great-grandchildren: Emma, Presley and Violet; and her brother, Jerry (Lee). She is preceded in death by her sister, Bobbie Jones; and her brother, Connell Marsden.
- There will be a Celebration honoring her life on June 18, at 1 p.m. at the Bloomington Country Club, 3174 S. Bloomington Drive, St George, Utah.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.
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