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Obituary: Mary J. Searle

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Mary J. Searle 1915 ~ 2006 On February 20, 2006, in the early morning hours when the world begins a new day, the sweet spirit of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mary J. Searle, slipped peacefully through the veil. As the morning light chased away the night shadows, and during the gentle falling snow, she left this life at the home of her daughter and was welcomed into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Mother was born on another wintry day, January 26, 1915, in Measer, Utah, as the 11th child of James Naylor, Jr., and Mary Ann Bodily Jones. She had just celebrated her 91st birthday. She was the last surviving member of her family. On November 14, 1937, in Measer, Utah, mother married Clarence Vernon Searle, the strong and handsome love of her life. Their marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on December 11, 1950. The family was completed with the birth of their four children. Mother was a loving person with a sweet and uncomplicated personality. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was a seeker of knowledge and remembered everything. She had a fabulous vocabulary and could spell every word in the dictionary. Born in the horse-and-buggy days and living through the high technology of today gave mother a deep sense of wisdom and patience. All of mother's grandparents and great-grandparents came across the plains to Utah as pioneers. She is a descendant of early Latter-Day Saint pioneers Isaac Morley, James Naylor Jones, Sr., Joseph Stewart Allen, Robert Bodily Sr., and Levi Roberts. Mother's parents homesteaded a farm in the Ashley Valley section of Vernal, Utah. She grew up learning hard work but told many stories of pleasant times spent on the farm. She often commented how she missed the quiet of those days compared with the noise of today. After their marriage, mother and dad lived in Salt Lake City, then in 1957 the family moved to Brigham City where mother resided for 40 years. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mother fulfilled a Stake Mission in 1951 in the Sugarhouse Stake of Salt Lake City. She served faithfully as an officer and teacher in the auxiliary programs in the Brigham City Third and Fifteenth wards. Genealogy was her special love and she spent many years tracing her ancestors through the history of the world. She also participated in the Church Extraction Program for over 30 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in Brigham City and in Layton. Mother was a gardener and raised beautiful flowers and vegetables. She won many blue ribbons at the Peach Days celebrations, even winning the Sweepstakes prize for her gourds. During her retirement years mother raised orchids in her greenhouse. She developed a hybrid orchid plant she named Janene for her daughters. She loved to sew, quilt and crochet. She loved good books. She wrote Cowboy poetry. She loved to sit in the sun and visit with friends and family. She loved to travel and visited many parts of the world. Mother worked at Maddox Ranch House and retired from Hill Air Force Base in 1980 after many years of service. Preceded in death by her husband Clarence, daughter Marylin Irene, her parents and five brothers and five sisters. Mother is survived by her sons James (Cherilyn) Searle and Craig (Janice) Searle and daughter Janita (Peter) Wheeler. She has 11 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister-in-law Martha Jones and a brother-in-law Neal Schaefermeyer. Her loving cat Tabitha looks for her. We all were the joy in mother's life, and she was the joy in ours. We will miss her tremendously. Special thanks are extended to Comfort Care Hospice, especially Kim for her loving and gentle compassion and Sally for her wisdom and insight. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road. Friends and family may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to services at the mortuary. Interment, Brigham City Cemetery at 3 p.m. e-mail condolences to the family at llm@lindquistmortuary.com