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Obituary: Marjorie Towler Strong

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Marjorie Ruth Towler Strong, 79, our wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother, aunt and friend died July 3, 2000.

She was born October 31, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Richard Cornelius and Harriet Ivy Cleghorn Towler. She attended Stewart Training School and East High School in Salt Lake. She studied French with Madame Adrienne de Leon Buck, was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority and graduated with a BA in English from the University of Utah in 1942. She married James Lyle Strong in the Salt Lake Temple November 28, 1945 and together they had six children. He preceded her in death by five months to the day.

While attending Stewart Training School, Marjorie made many life-long friends who are still as close today as they were seventy years ago. She and her friends loved to play tennis and baseball, go horseback riding, and hike in the Albion Basin of Alta. She was famous for the Halloween Birthday parties given by her mother, and years later her classmates would reminisce on the fun times.

Marjorie's first job out of college was writing obituaries for the Salt Lake Telegram, now the Tribune. She worked for the University of Utah in the Division of Continuing Education and retired after working at the Media Center. While there she developed wonderful friendships that she still enjoyed until the time of her death.

She was a member of the Delta Gamma and Friends Book Club. She studied oil painting with Jan Denbutter, Harrison Groutage, Tony Rasmussen and others. She loved cats, the many different shades of blue, especially turquoise, cross-stitching birth samplers for her grandchildren and reading, but her first love was her family. All who knew her, loved her, and she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Shelley and Gary Olson; Edward Strong; Shawn and Donna Strong; Nanette and James Hornsby, all of Salt Lake City, Utah; Stephanie Abiang, of Kailua, Hawaii; Robin and John Pace of Jacksonville, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Agnes Towler of Mesa, Arizona; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Nancy Strong of Kaysville, Utah; and her sister-in-law, Jane Kimball of Salt Lake City, Utah. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law Gene, who passed away April 2, 2000; and brother-in-law, Kent Kimball.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Dan Henry, Dr. Steven Merrell, Dr. Steven Mintz, Dr. Marcus Brann, Dr. Hilmon Castle, Dr. S. V. Karwande, Dr. Elisabet Atkin-Thor and the wonderful staff of Central Valley Dialysis.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 8, 2000, 12 Noon at the Monument Park 14th Ward, 2255 So. Wasatch Drive (2700 East), Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, and Saturday at the ward from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.