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Marilyn Stobbe Clayton

11/03/1932 - 01/14/2020

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One of the kindest people, Marilyn Stobbe Clayton, passed away peacefully in the early morning of January 14, 2020 in Rexburg, Idaho, where she had lived in a wonderful care facility for a year. Marilyn was an identical twin with her sister, Mary Lou. They were born November 3rd, 1932 in Salt Lake City to German immigrant parents Dr. L.H.O. and Augusta Stobbe, and grew up in the lovely family home at 1229 East South Temple. Marilyn graduated from East High School, and married Robert Ellis Clayton in 1950 in the Salt Lake temple, sealed by Elder Mark E. Peterson. They lived in Emigration Canyon, Holiday, and Price before leaving Utah for 19 years. They lived in Pleasant Hill, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Houston, Texas; Roswell, New Mexico; and Meeker, Colorado before returning to their hometown of Salt Lake in 1983.

Marilyn was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and served with love and compassion as an early morning Seminary teacher for 17 years, in numerous Young Women callings, and as Stake Young Women’s President in 3 different stakes. At girls camps over the years, she drew the portraits of hundreds of young women. She had a knack for bringing in the lonely and the lost, and touched countless young lives. An artist, Marilyn painted the huge backdrop painting of the Oakland, California Temple used for many years in the Oakland Temple Pageant.

Marilyn is survived by one sibling, Shirley Ann Goodrich of Draper, Utah, and by all five children – Carley Clayton of Mesquite, Nevada; Marilee Christensen of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Rosalee Clayton of Idaho Falls; Robert William Clayton of Rexburg, Idaho; and William Stobbe Clayton of West Jordan, Utah. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert Ellis Clayton, her brother Dr. Joseph W. Stobbe of Salt Lake City, and sisters Evelyn Low of Provo, Utah and twin sister Mary Lou Lyman Benson of Murray, Utah.

Her funeral will be Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 in her old ward at 2255 South Wasatch Drive East in Salt Lake City. At her request, there will be no viewing. She will be interred in the Midway, Utah cemetery alongside her husband, Robert.

In lieu of flowers or cards, please do an act of kindness for a young woman in your neighborhood, congregation, or family.

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  • My Granny was the sweetest, most loving person I have ever known. She was the definition of “LOVE”. I will never forget the countless conversations with her about the church and the scriptures. Her faith was rock solid. Granny was a strong woman. My life has been difficult and traumatic and she stood by me through it all, always being a soft landing spot for me when there was no one else. Her guidance through each traumatic event, I believe, is the reason that I’m still here today. Granny’s rolled up pancakes were a favorite food of mine as a child, and, admittedly, as an adult. She lovingly made them for her grandchildren and for my children, Gavin and Emmett. Paired with a glass of frothy Ovaltine it was the perfect meal way back when. I now make rolled up pancakes for my kids and I always have Ovaltine in my cupboard. I drank a glass of it this morning in honor of her and even when she was alive I couldn’t have Ovaltine or rolled up pancakes without thinking of her. Granny taught me how to draw people, as she was a very skilled artist. I have always loved her oil paintings of different landscapes. She used to go on long drives with Grandpa and Mary Lou and Earl and she’d take photographs of old barns so she could do an oil painting of them. I have many fond memories of her growing up. When I was 2 we went to live with Granny and Grandpa on their farm in Roswell, NM and I remember standing on the treehouse ladder watching Grandpa milk the goat when I was stung by a bee on the top of my head. Granny immediately scooped me up and took me inside the house to care for me. That would prove to be one of many, many times which she cared for me after I was hurt. She was a nurturer. I used to lie on her bosom and fall asleep without a care in the world! I was afraid of the dark and she had Grandpa put in a “ghost light” to scare away anything bad. She had the best way of taking the fear out of anything and could comfort me with just one hug. I will miss her gentle hugs and her innate ability to help me see that everything works out according to God’s plan. She is the reason that I, myself, have a testimony that Jesus lived and is my savior. It comforts me to know she’s in His loving arms and will shine her light so brightly in His presence! She has been reunited with the love of her life, with her twin sister, and with all of her ancestors who’ve passed on before her. I will never forget her shining example of love, kindness, faith, and the lessons of life and that family is the most important thing in life. It hurts so much to know that I will no longer be able to talk to her in this life. My heart is broken. But to know that she is at peace gives me comfort. I love you, Granny! Love, Kim

  • Dear family,
    My deepest symphaty to the whole Clayton family,
    From The Netherlands
    God bless you all
    Martin Hermsen

    — Martin Hermsen

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