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Obituary: Marjory Ormsby Hyde Eldredge

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1914 ~ 2004

Marjory was born August 30, 1914 to Orson John Hyde and Rebecca Langton Ormsby Hyde. She married Walter Joshua Eldredge, Jr. in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on November 30, 1936, and passed away March 15, 2004 at the age of 89.

Mother was an elite, elect lady; dignified, respectful, kind and pure. With gracefulness, she discovered and shared the joys of life. She adored being alive and wanted to live to be 100!! She used to sing "There is Sunshine in my Soul Today" as she vacuumed. She has been known to put a fake fly on a serving of one of her incredible pies. She was great fun.

When growing up, we always sat down to dinner together, with the table set on a freshly ironed cloth. No matter the events of the day, Dad was greeted by a loving wife in clean house dress and apron...and wearing, of all things, earrings. Sunday dinners were laced with love, and loaded with wonderful food. She and the Singer sewing machine could do magical things. She was a loving homemaker.

She and Dad belonged to Ping Pong, Windsor Club, Dineorators and Pot luck, all wonderful social groups. As children, we felt, and continue to feel, that the members of those groups loved us just as much as they loved our parents. She was a gracious friend and hostess. The strains of classical music and opera often filled our home. Membership in several Women's clubs whose purposes were to study and learn attests to the fact that she loved learning.

Being asked to be a presiding officer in those and other civic and church endeavors attests to the fact that she was an able and loved administrator.

Children and Grandchildren alike, can all tell you that a hike to "Nanny's Rock" or around Silver Lake in her beloved Brighton, always resulted in coming away with a greater love for Our Creator, and the names of more of His wildflowers. She adored nature, and Him who created it.

Faithful service in church callings, including supporting her husband in his many responsibilities, presiding and teaching, being a "Mission Mom", serving on the YWMIA General Board, and loving neighborliness, made it clear to us that she loved her fellow beings.

She put people before programs. She served her family, friends, and fellow citizens with pure intent.

"Her children arise up and call her blessed...." Proverbs 31:28 <! >

She is survived by five grateful children: Dr. Jay Eldredge, Medford, NJ, Heidi (William C.)Vriens, serving a mission in Scotland, and Sharon (Randall G.) Harmsen, Brent H. (Cynthia Mackey) Eldredge, and Rosemary (David R.) Olsen, of Salt Lake City; 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grand children; and a sister Katherine H. Brown (John Z, Jr.). She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters Radie Miller (Joseph) and Lorraine Clawsen (Spencer), and a brother John Taylor Hyde.

How she loved us all. <! >

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 20, 2004, at noon at the Parley's 1st and 6th Ward Chapel, 2350 So. 2100 E. Friends may call Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 E. 1300 So., or at the ward Saturday 10:45-11:45 prior to the services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.

It is with profound gratitude that the family wishes to give deepest thanks to those that gave such tender and dignified care to both mother and dad for five and a half years. Thank you Valerie Riberio Hirschi, Veronica Nascimento, Andriana Chagas, Ana Xarapa, and Rosana Martins. You are part of our families.