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Marie McGregor Clark, age 95, died Thursday, August 17, 1995 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was born September 30, 1899 in Parowan, Utah, to Dr. Joseph Franklin McGregor and Lena Isabella Durham McGregor. She was married to Hiram W. Clark, who died in Denver, Colorado in 1939.Marie grew up in Southern Utah, where her father was, at various times, an attorney and later a family physician in Parowan, Richfield, Utah and Beaver, Utah. Dr. McGregor moved his family to Beaver so the children could attend Murdock Academy. Marie graduated from Murdock and later attended LDS Business College and the University of Utah.

Marie met her husband Hiram through mutual friends, and they were married May 21, 1920 in Salt Lake City, (later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple). Hiram had degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering, and he was one of Salt Lake's first environmental engineers, and also taught at the University of Utah. Hiram and Marie lived in the 33rd ward for nine years, during which time their two daughters, Betty and Elaine were born.

Hiram's career took him to Denver in 1929, where he was district engineer-sales manager for several states for a large manufacturing company. While in Denver, Marie became very active in Relief Society work, first as a Denver Branch counselor and later president, and subsequently as counselor to Ada Pratt Seegmiller, wife of Western States Mission President, William Seegmiller. At the time, this mission covered most of Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico (there were no stakes in Denver at that time), and the calling entailed travel throughout the mission. After the death of her husband in 1939, Marie moved to Provo, Utah so her two daughters could attend BYU. While there she again served in several Relief Society callings, including Relief Society President in the Provo Fourth Ward. She was also active in literary clubs and other cultural groups in Provo. Her daughters graduated from BYU (Betty as valedictorian in 1943 and Elaine with a rare for-a-woman math/physics major in 1944). Both Betty and Elaine were married in 1943; Betty to G. Robert Ruff and Elaine to George S. Robison. Marie moved back to Salt Lake City into the Eleventh Ward neighborhood, where Dr. McGregor and his family had lived for many years. Marie lived in various residences, all in the 11th ward of the Salt Lake Central stake, for 49 years. Marie worked for the Relief Society Magazine for some 30 years.

Marie is survived by brothers: Claude Eldon (and wife Athens) Salt Lake City; Dean Lowell (wife Jeanette) Renton, Washington; Arden Durham, Northern California; Marvin Durham (wife Edith) Palo Alto, California; two sisters, Helen and Julia McGregor in Jackson, Wyoming; 11 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and five great- great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 22, 1995, 12 noon, at the Eleventh Ward, 951 East 1st South, where friends may call 11-11:45 a.m. Burial will be beside her husband in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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