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1929 Marjorie 2021

Marjorie Jones

July 9, 1929 — February 1, 2021

Marjorie Jane (Burnett) Hess Jones, beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother faithfully concluded her mortal probation on February 1, 2021, in Palmyra, Utah, surrounded by loving family members.

Born July 9, 1929, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the third of six children born to Kenneth William Burnett and Melba Beatrice Brewer. She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and honorably served as an emissary of Jesus Christ in the LDS Western States Mission. She and USAF officer Jay Criddle Hess married and while moving frequently to different states and countries, raised five children, whom she dearly loves and who deeply love and miss her.

One of the hardest challenges of her life was managing her home and family by herself for the nearly 6 years her husband was a POW during the Vietnam War. Following his return home, efforts to heal both their wounds were unsuccessful and their marriage ended in divorce.

Through experiencing much adversity, she learned the importance of setting boundaries, moving towards forgiveness, striving to love unconditionally, that everyone is different, and trying to pass along to her posterity the lessons of life and wisdom she acquired. She loved and excelled at music throughout her life and was a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She learned to oil paint and loved to grow and enjoy flowers, especially violets and tulips. Her favorite holiday was Valentines Day, which she celebrated year-round with hearts throughout her home.

After decades of living alone, she reconnected with a fellow missionary and later suitor, Rollo Sheldon Jones, who brought happiness and love back into her life, and whom she joyfully married on August 2, 2014, and to whom she was later sealed in the Payson Utah LDS temple.

She is survived by her husband Rollo, children: Cameron Marshall Hess (Kimberlie) of Riverton, UT, Heather Nibley (Stephen), of Provo, UT, Warren Jay Hess (Lori) of West Dundee, IL, Holly Dunn (Michael) of Salem, UT, Heidi Johnson (Greg) of Pleasant Grove, UT; siblings: Marie Housley, Kenneth Leon Burnett, Louise Greco; 28 grandchildren, and 55 great-grandchildren, with several en route. She is predeceased by her parents, sister LaRue Wilde, and brother Byron Burnett.

Marge's family would like to thank Rollo's children for their acceptance, love, and care: Michelle Hawker (Paul), Teresa Minor (Mikel), Melanie Patten (Lonnie), Christi Bufton (Shaun), Michael Jones (Marnie).

A family graveside service will be held at the Provo City Cemetery at 1 pm on Saturday, February 6th. A live stream broadcast of the brief service will be available on the Facebook page for Legacy Funerals in Spanish Fork, UT.

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