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Marian Jean Sly

12/31/1933 - 08/03/2019

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Marian Jean Oberg Sly, a caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother passed away August 3, 2019. Marian burst into this world as an early New Years gift December 31, 1933 in Salt Lake City. On April 12, 1956 she married her handsome and humorous husband, Donald H. Sly in the Salt Lake Temple.  Marian is survived by her three children, Stephanie Boogaard (Rod), Holly Benson & Corbin (Michele Engle), and her sister Janet Oberg Gill. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents, and her three brothers. Marian loved her Savior and was a faithful and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, always giving 110% in every calling she had.  She always tried to find ways to be of service to others, volunteering in schools and many other organizations. Always a go-getter, Marian’s example of dedication, perseverance and vitality for life will be missed tremendously.

Marian had a thirst for knowledge and was striving always to learn new skills. An avid gardener with an envy inducing green thumb, Marian always had the most beautiful yards and flowers. Her determination and desire to learn led her back to college after having a family to finish her degree, graduating summa cum laude while raising three children and working.

Marian was committed to every endeavor she began. Building and landscaping several houses with her husband Don, she was the dictionary definition of hard work. She cherished the times when her family was able to travel and explore the world together; she loved spending uninterrupted time with her husband Don and her children. Marian’s sewing skills were legendary, creating beautifully tailored clothing for herself and others. She had a deep appreciation for music and was an accomplished cellist. Marian also loved singing; she was in several ward choirs and sang with enthusiasm in church, to the embarrassment of her children as teenagers. Her grandchildren were the delight of her life. Always the teacher, she took them on weekly educational field trips, hiking and many other activities to keep them occupied during the summer. Marian was a wonderful example of overcoming challenges and enduring faithfully to the end.

Her family would like to thank all those who tenderly cared for her the last years of her life at Canyon Creek Memory Care and her friends at Hospice for Utah.

Graveside services will be held Thursday August 8, 2019 at 11:00 am at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South) in Sandy with a visitation beginning at 10:00 am at the mortuary.

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  • To family of Marian Sly. Marian was a good friend. I have moved to Idaho Sorry I couldn’t attend her memorial service. I have missed her. With love. Eloise Cardon

    — Eloise Cardon
  • Stephanie,

    Susan and I wish to convey our sympathies over the loss of your mother. Having lost a loved one recently we know and appreciate the sense of longing you are experiencing at this time. Our thoughts are with you.

    — Gordon and Susan Bissegger

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