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Obituary: Mary Frances Lundell McTague

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1918 ~ 2003

Mary Frances Lundell McTague passed away peacefully Saturday, September 13, 2003 in the American Fork Hospital.

She was born June 29, 1918, in Leland, Utah, to Francis and Christy Lundell. She was the oldest of eight, five brothers and two sisters and was raised in Benjamin, Utah.

Her elementary school years were spent in Benjamin and then attended secondary schools in Spanish Fork. While in high school she was known as an avid reader, an artist and became deeply involved with the high school's Operettas helping to write, produce, and perform. The student body all looked forward to these yearly productions. After graduating from Spanish Fork High School in 1936, she moved to Salt Lake City to obtain employment, acquiring a job with Sears Roebuck, where she met Wayne, her future husband. They were formally introduced when he backed into an elevator which she operated. He requested she take him to the tailoring department so he could repair his pants after having a splitting incident. Wayne R. McTague and Mary Lundell were married June 5, 1942, in the Salt Lake L.D.S. Temple. After their marriage Wayne acquired a job with the Boy Scouts of America as a Scout Commissioner and was assigned to the Hawaiian Islands where they made their home in Hilo, Hawaii. April 1, 1946, a Tidal Wave struck Hilo destroying their beach home and all of their belongings. They chose to return to Utah and start over in American Fork.

Most of her life was spent as a homemaker and strong support system for her husband and daughters, Leilani and Colleen. When the girls were older, she re-entered the work force with J. C. Penny in the Fabric and Housewares Departments.

She loved to sing and became involved with many singing groups. She sang in the Salt Lake Tabernacle for a church wide Primary Program and was also a member of American Fork City's Civic Choir.

She will be remembered for all her many hours of compassionate service to others. She made sure people felt welcome and accepted in any situation, seeing to it that families had sufficient food, while providing others with transportation to appointments. It seemed like she was always taking someone under her wing.

She was active in the L.D.S. Church serving in all of the organizations in positions such as the presidency, a teacher or secretary. She loved doing temple work and spent many years attending the temple weekly, also providing rides for others who needed them.

She was an avid Democrat, serving as an election judge for the Democratic Party at all voting events. She served until her health began failing. She firmly believed Utah needed more strong Democrats.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Robinson McTague; a grandson, Ryan Sheen; brothers, Ken Lundell, Fred (Betty) Lundell, Phil (Janice) Lundell; and sister, Peggy (Orval) Dallin.

She is survived by her children, Leilani (Robert) Sheen, American Fork, Utah; Colleen McTague (Bruce) Storrs, Cincinnati, Ohio; sister Donna (Don) Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; brothers, Roy (Carol) Lundell, Spanish Fork, Utah; and Dick Lundell, Spanish Fork, Utah. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Angie (James) Burgess, Pleasant Grove, Utah; Kristi (Brent) Badura, American Fork, Utah; Brandon (Mindy) Sheen, Salt Lake City, Utah; Cory (Tammie) Sheen, Villa Rica, Georgia; Judd Storrs, Cincinnati, Ohio; Karl McTague, Cincinnati, Ohio; Molly Storrs, Cincinnati, Ohio; and seven great-grandchildren: Cassie Burgess, Hayden Burgess, Pleasant Grove, Utah; Avery Badura, Ashlee Badura, American Fork, Utah; Johnathan Sheen, Orion Sheen, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Duncan Sheen, Villa Rica, Georgia.

A viewing will be held at Anderson and Sons' Mortuary, 49 E. 100 N, American Fork, Utah on Thursday, September 18, 2003, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An additional viewing will be held, Friday, September 19, prior to the funeral from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the American Fork 8th Ward Chapel, 320 North 100 East, American Fork, Utah. Funeral services will be at the same location at 11:00 a.m.