Marjorie Beth Stapley
ST. GEORGE, UTAH - Our angel mom, Marjorie Beth Mertin Stapley, began the journey of her life on May 24, 1938 in S.L.C., Utah. She was the oldest of 5 children born to Dan and Nina Mertin. She loved her 4 siblings, Diane, Terry, Nada and Kelly and cherished their spouses and children. Mom had a great capacity for love from a very young age. After high school, she served an LDS mission in Scotland. There she loved, taught and developed friendships that spanned her entire life. While in Scotland, she met Mina and Eleanor who were her best friends throughout her life. You could hear them coming a mile away because of their chorus of laughter. She loved shopping trips on Saturdays, traveling, movies, or just a long phone call to catch up. Mom married Gary Draper and, through that union, had her 2 children, Sam and Kristine. Gary and mom later parted ways, but remained friends. Her whole life was then devoted to the raising of her children. While working at Wildlife Resources, she met Homer Stapley. They married on June 11, 1987 in the Salt Lake Temple. Through that union, mom’s heart expanded to love Homer’s 5 children, Bill, Lynette, Lisa, Sandy and Mark and their spouses and children. Homer and mom served 2 missions together to the New York, Rochester Mission in the early 1990s. Mom’s crowning achievement was her ability to love and care for those who entered her life. She loved unconditionally and without reserve. She was an amazing missionary, mother and grandmother and she spent tireless hours tending to the needs of those around her. She was the most dedicated grandmother and would find special ways to show her grandchildren that they were the most important people in her life. Mom passed away on Jan. 20, 2013 surrounded by her family. She has been reunited with Homer, who passed away in 2000, her parents and other loved ones who have gone before her. She was ready, and she knew her journey through life was over. Her legacy of love will remain with us and the countless people she touched throughout her life.
Family and friends are invited to come celebrate the life of our mom on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at an open house from 9:00-10:45 am at the Riverside Ward located at 3500 N. 180 E. in Provo, Utah. Funeral services will then be held at 11:00. Mom will be cremated and her ashes buried with Homer in the Provo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the LDS church missionary fund which mom loved and supported her entire life.