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Obituary: Mary E. Bechtol

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1913 ~ 2003

Mary Eldora Barnes McKee Bechtol, age 90, died peacefully at home September 19, 2003.

Born Aug 6, 1913 to John George Barnes and Genevieve Leaver in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in Education and taught math, art and drama in Magna, UT. During World War II she was employed by Hill Air Force Base, where she met her first husband, Kenneth B. McKee. They were married Sept 12, 1947. He preceded her in death Jan 1963.

She received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah where she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. She was employed by Salt Lake City Board of Education as head of the department for Special Needs Children.

She married Todd Bechtol May 30, 1967. He preceded her in death May, 1981.

Mary was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Sunday School, Young Women's, Relief Society, and a member locator for the church. She enjoyed attending the temple often, visiting many temples throughout the world.

She traveled often, visiting almost every country in the world at least once. She enjoyed sewing, handiwork, and designed and made beautiful clothes for herself and others. She made each of her nieces' bridesmaid dresses and designed and appliqued her life story on a quilt. She took enjoyment and pride in her beautiful garden, always having a bouquet of fresh roses in her home.

To all who knew her she was like a ray of sunshine, taking joy in others' talents and accomplishments, especially her family and loved ones.

Preceded in death by her mother; father; husbands; sister, Genevieve Berenice Barnes Jones, "Bonnie"; and stepson, Charles Bechtol. Survived by her sister, Miriam Barnes Lavender; stepchildren, Bill Bechtol (Lynn), Jo Ellen Sweeney (Michael); nephews, Robert Jones (Sue), George Lavender (Gloria); nieces, Ann Farragher (Kim), Julie Lambert (Ray), Mary Lou Dixon (Tom); 18 grandnephews; 12 grand-nieces; and step-grandchildren.

Services will be Tues. Sept 23, 2003, 1 p.m. Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple. Friends may call Mon. Sept 22, 2003, 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service.

Family would like to thank nurses and staff of Community Nursing Service Hospice.