Marilyn Arta McDowell Orton returned to her Heavenly Father on July 6, having passed away of natural causes. She was born on April 17, 1938, to Darell and Arta McDowell in Forsyth, Missouri.
Marilyn was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marilyn loved to go hunting in the mountains and listen to the elk and watch the humming birds as they flew around her. She loved to go fishing and boating in the open water. She also enjoyed water-well witching in the mountains. But what she was most famous for was her great talents in cooking and preparing for the holidays with family and friends.
Marilyn always loved spending time with her grandchildren and sharing time with her family members. She was always known to all of her family and friends as Mother Theresa.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Steve H. Orton; children Cameron, Aaron (Francesca) and Brian (Gina); stepchildren Mark (Barbara) Williams, Tammy, Jeff (Holly) and Josh (Melanie); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. She is preceded in death by her parents, Darell and Arta McDowell; her loving son Paul W. Sexton; and stepson Tyler J. Orton.
- Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at the Cedar City Cemetery.
- A viewing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. followed by a brief memorial service at 12:15 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N. 300 West, Cedar City.
- Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Southern Utah Mortuary.
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