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Obituary: CLARK, MARION

Marion Bee Larsen Clark1923 ~ 2013On April 27, 2013 Marion Bee Larsen Clark passed peacefully from this life due to natural causes. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday and had lived a very full life! Marion was born April 21, 1923 in Provo, Utah to Parley L. and Jane Bee Larsen. She grew up in southwest Provo attending Franklin Elementary School, Dixon Jr. High School, Provo High School and BYU. It was at Dixon Jr. High School that Marion met Don Schow Clark. According to Marion, it was "love at first sight!" Don and Marion were sealed for time and all eternity on September 23, 1942 in the Salt Lake City Temple. After Don's service in the Coast Guard during World War II, the couple made their home in Provo. Don and Marion were greatly blessed to be parents of eight children, five sons and three daughters. In August of 1960, six weeks after the birth of their baby girl Cindy, Don lost his life in a small plane crash. Marion's strength and courage, with the added loving support of her father and mother, allowed her to continue to raise her family in an atmosphere of love and security. In 1962, Marion welcomed an eight year old Indian placement student, Frank Begay, into her home where he was greatly loved. To him, Marion was simply known as "Mom." Marion devoted her whole life to her children as well as to her service in the LDS Church. Her callings included Cub Scout leader, Primary President, Relief Society Teacher, Relief Society President, Counselor in the Stake RS Presidency and the calling she most treasured, an Ordinance worker in Provo Temple for over 17 years! As Marion's children grew up and left the "nest" she started dating again. In 1980, she married Hyrum Long and they were married for 7 years. In 1990, Marion married Earl Finlayson with whom she served a wonderful church mission to Scotland before his death in 1999. In 2000, Marion again married and spent the next nine years with Don Nelson until his death in 2009. Marion was living at the Seville in Orem at the time of her passing. Marion was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, her three brothers, (Paul Larsen, Steve Larsen, Dan Larsen) and her son, Frank Begay. She is survived by her older sister, Virginia Simmons, and by her children, Stephen (Cynthia) Clark, St. Louis, Missouri; Christine (Louis) Pope, Mile High, Montana; Thomas (Gwen) Clark, Wallsberg, Utah; James (Judy) Clark, Provo, Utah; Liz (David) Lambert, Orem, Utah; David (Lisa) Clark, Provo, Utah; Jeff Clark, Provo, Utah; Cindy (Norman) Nemrow, Provo, Utah. She is a grandmother to 45 grandchildren and at last count, a great-grandmother to 132 great-grandchildren with many more on the way! The family thanks the Alpha Hospice Services for their tender care of Marion. We especially want to thank Andrea Van Buren for her great patience and gentle kindness, as she provided daily loving care to her Grandma Marion. We love you, Mom, and will miss your positive outlook on life, your great sense of style with all its 'bling' and your great interest in each of us. Thank you for making the world a better place with your many beautiful flowers, and for teaching us all how to plant petunias! But most of all, we thank you for your faithfulness to, and your testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. You not only taught us the truths of the gospel, you lived them. You have been a great inspiration to all of us!Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Oak Hills 2nd Ward Chapel, 925 E. North Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the church from 9:00-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to info@bergmortuary.com.