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Marilyn Smith Christensen

d. August 20, 2022

Marilyn Smith Christensen, age 86, peacefully passed away on Saturday August 20, 2022. Marilyn was born on April 17, 1936 in Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah to Barton Henry Smith and Virginia Hardy. Marilyn grew up in Henrieville Utah with her identical twin Carolyn was 6th, and Marilyn, was the 7th of 9 children. She attended Utah State College and Brigham Young University.

Marilyn married William K. Christensen in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, March 7, 1958 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has lived in; Ravenna, Ohio, Merced and Modesto, California, Sandy and St. George, Utah. Marilyn was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several callings including Ward and Stake
Chorister, Relief Society President and served a local mission in the Family History Center in St. George. She enjoyed a career working with her husband, Bill 'Doc' Christensen, in his offices in Ravenna and Modesto, as Office Manager.

She had several hobbies: for music, including being a member of Sweet Adeline’s, sewing and quilting (making quilts for all of her grandkids). Marilyn was also a speaker who went on tour with Barbara Barrington Jones, 'A Confident You'. To help with the music in church she learned to play the organ, loved to read and joined a literature club. She took her role as wife, mother, grand—mother, great grandmother, Aunt and friend to heart and was always happy to ‘adopt’ those who need these roles filled. She will be missed greatly by her community, ward and family.

Marilyn is survived by her children; Kim Grace (Russ), Vanette Lambert (Jared), Cheryl Waldvogel (Brent), and Bill Christensen (Stacie). Her grandchildren; Garrett (Anna) Lambert, McKenna (Jordan) Lance, Stephen, Cameron Grace, Justin (Evelyn) Grace, Kyle (Angela) Grace, Brenden Grace, Christie Day, Brent II (Jael) Waldvogel, Hailee Waldvogel, and Austin Waldogel. Great grandchildren; Barton, Jacquelyn, Elden, Brayden, and Brent III. She is also survived by her sister Connie Kleese. Marilyn is preceded in death by her mother Virginia, father Barton and siblings Gloria, Barton "Hardy", Janet, Ada, Dar, Freeman, Carolyn and Inez. She is finally rejoined with her sweetheart, William K. Christensen.

The viewing will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022, at 8:00 am and the funeral service will follow at 9:00 am, at the Spilsbury Mortuary in St George, Utah located at 110 South Bluff Street. Interment will take place in the Henrieville Utah Cemetery Friday, August 26, 2022, at 3:00 pm.

Family and friends who are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online by clicking on the link below.

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During the livestreaming you will have an opportunity to sign Marilyn’s guest book.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to leave a memory on her obituary page at
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Friday, August 26, 2022

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Henrieville Cemetery

, Henrieville, UT 84736

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