For a live Broadcast of Marion’s Funeral Service, please use the following link: https://youtu.be/-KMjJjBhceY
Marion Houghton Howarth peacefully departed this earth on November 8, 2021, at the age of 89. She had been surrounded by family during her last days and on her final day, which brought her much comfort and peace.
Marion was born October 23, 1932, in Nephi, Utah to her loving parents Elmer and Ruth Houghton. She had three brothers and one sister who preceded her in death. She lost her father at a young age and would tell stories of her dancing with him while she stood on his feet. She always took great care of her mother and spent a lot of time with her.
Marion met her beloved husband Joseph LaMar Howarth at a dance, where she said she could see his beautiful blue eyes from across the room and she couldn’t wait for him to ask her to dance. She later married Joseph on October 9, 1948, and they enjoyed 56years of marriage together before he passed away. Together they created a beautiful family of 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren. Marion and Joseph loved to travel together and spend time at their home in Quartzite, AZ during the winter months. Marion was an incredible wife, mother, and grandmother to her family, and she made sure they always knew they were loved.
Marion was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served as the Relief Society President and many other callings throughout her life. She was proud of her pioneer heritage and the sacrifices her great grandmother made to travel to Utah with the Martin Handcart Company. Marion was gracious and selfless and went above and beyond to serve those around her. She enjoyed making life easier for others by her kind acts and deeds.
Marion was a very hard worker and taught the importance of that skill to her family. She was a waitress, receptionist for Lindon City, for an auto body shop, and a co-owner with her husband of a Christmas tree lot. Her favorite career of all was owning her own floral business “The Orchid Shop”. Marion could take any flower and make it into a beautiful arrangement that would take your breath away. Her talent as a florist helped her bring joy, comfort, and peace to many.
Marion was very talented and artistic. Along with her passion for floral design, she could paint beautiful sceneries, paint ceramics, line dance, ballroom dance, and she loved to sing. She kept many of her talents hidden, but those who were able to enjoy them appreciated her and loved her for them.
Marion had a very witty sense of humor and those around her enjoyed her company and couldn’t wait to hear what she would say next. Marion was very good at making life peaceful and allowing those around her to relax while she listened. She appreciated the beauty of this earth, especially Mount Timpanogos as well as sunrise and sunsets wherever she was. On her last drive a few weeks ago she commented about the beauty of the fall leaves and the clouds in the sky. She also loved the color purple, gardenias and Diet Pepsi. Marion lived a full life and will be missed by many.
Marion is survived by her children Greg (Holly) Howarth, Teresa (Jody) McClellan, and Sheila (John) North as well as her 17 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, daughter Valerie Howarth, and son Jeffery Elmer Howarth as well as her siblings and parents.
We would like to thank her Covington Senior Living family for the love and happiness they gave her. They loved her spunk and mischievous nature.
A viewing will be held at Walker Funeral Home 187 South Main Street in Spanish Fork Utah from 10:00am-10:45am on Saturday November 13, 2021. Following the viewing, the service will be at 11:00 am in the Chapel at the same location. We encourage open Microphone so you can share your thoughts. Interment will take place at Nephi Vine Bluff Cemetery.
For a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, please use the following link: https://youtu.be/-KMjJjBhceY