Lelen Marjean Warnick Remy
15 May 1930–19 November 2021
Date of birth: 15 May 1930
City and state of birth: Coalville, Utah
Date of death: 19 November 2021
City and state of death: South Jordan, Utah
Father’s name: Jesse Ralph Warnick
Mother’s name (including maiden name): Lelen Ether Ault Warnick
Spouses’ name: Paul Edward Remy, married 1950–1988; Travis Hunt, married 1990–1992
Survived by: Marjean is survived by many members of her loving family, including her four daughters, Paula Perry and husband Brent Perry, Julie Coates and husband Robert Coates, Karen Remy, and Kathy Stephens and husband Miles Stephens. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: Marjean was preceded in death by her first husband Paul Remy, her second husband Travis Hunt, and her infant son Paul Edward Remy, Jr.
A service for the family and close friends will be held on Tuesday, 23 November at 10:30 am at Larkin Mortuary in Downtown Salt Lake. She will then be interred at Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Lelen Marjean Warnick Remy, known to her family and friends as Marjean, was the leader of her beloved family for 60 years, anchoring them with her love, faith, hard work, creativity, tenacity, and sense of humor.
Marjean built a rich, adventurous life around things she loved. She again and again overcame tribulations, found joy in her family and community, and touched and shaped the lives of those around her.
Marjean brought her authentic self to everything she did. Her life spanned a time of remarkable change, and, above anything else, was defined by her deep love of family. She was born in a family of few means in the era of the Great Depression. She was the third of seven children born to Jesse Ralph and Lelen Ether Ault Warnick. She developed the strong work ethic she was known for at a young age. She left school in eighth grade to earn money to help support her family, turning over every penny to her parents until she left home to be married.
Marjean wove family, love, and service throughout all seasons of her life. She loved children and spent more than seven decades serving her church community. She first served as a Sunday School teacher when she was 16 years old. She served as a ward and stake young women’s leader, the primary president, a temple worker at the Idaho Falls and Jordan River temples, and “Sister Friendly” in her long-time ward in South Jordan.
Marjean was creative and artistic. She taught herself to paint. She loved to make ceramics. She had her own kiln in the basement and fired everything from nativity sets to dolls to temple statues for hundreds of children at church. She was accomplished in quilting and crocheting. Many members of her extended family have Christmas stockings, quilts, and baby receiving blankets she made by hand. While living in Idaho, she ran two different businesses, Jumbo’s Drive-In and Remy’s Relics.
Marjean was also an adventurer. When she wrote about her life in 2006, she said, “I have had a good life; I have had lots of adventures. Lots of hard times along with the good, so I feel blessed.” She jumped at the chance to try new things and never shied away from challenges. In her 60s, she got a job working in TSA security at the Salt Lake City airport, served as a foster parent, went parasailing, and traveled internationally.
Marjean was deeply generous. She loved to invite people to dinner and share what her family had—even if times were tight. When her daughters were young, she would bake extras of everything and send the girls around to share things with neighbors and church members.
In her final months, Marjean was able to see many members of her family. She will be sorely missed, especially as we head into the holiday season she loved and celebrated so well.
The Higgins Family has been blessed by the love and example of Sister Remy. Our ward family has likewise been blessed by the life, love and legacy of "Sister Friendly". While we are saddened by her graduating from this earthly life. We know we will see one another again.
With Love and Gratitude,
Pete, Gayle, Barbara, Patrick, Michael and Jessica Higgins
It has been my privilege to have known Marjean for nearly 30 years--about half of that time it was my good fortune to have served as her Home Teacher / Ministering Brother. I can honestly say that I have never come away from a visit with, or a phone call to Marjean
but what I was the beneficiary; I always felt happier and more cheerful because of my interaction with this marvelous woman. She portrayed a sense of happiness, even when I knew that she was experiencing a great deal of pain and discomfort. She never wanted to discuss her own ailments; she always was interested in talking about me, my family, our friends, neighbors, etc. I think I speak for all who knew her when I say that she will be truly missed, and that our lives have been better for having known her.
In my home I have displayed a beautiful porcelain statue of Christ which Marjean made for me when I was released from our Ward's Bishopric, many years ago. That statue will always be a prized keepsake, given by a wonderful friend.
We wish to express our love for Marjean. Marjean was truly a light to and in the lives she touched. Her beautiful smile and laugh would light up a room. She truly loved everyone and shared her talents and abilities with all. Her example of following the Savior in all that she did was a great example to all.
You could always feel her love, light and concern for you. You were so fortunate to have such a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in your lives.
She meant a lot to us and she will be sorely missed. So happy she is finally with her husband and son and the rest of her family above. Thanks for sharing her with us.
The Jesse and Lynda Berg Family
Paula, Julie, Karen and Kathy,
We are so sorry for the passing of your dear, sweet mother. I remember when we came to visit, she ALWAYS shared whatever she had with us. She was always serving others and always looked for the good in others and looked on the positive side of life! I dearly loved her. I'm so sorry we can't go to her funeral because we both have to work, but our hearts are with you!
What an exceptional woman is Marjean Remy! Love her kindness and compassion, her smile and service. Love, love, love you Marjean!
We were blessed to know Marjean. She was truly a great woman. Our hearts and prayers are with your family at this time.
LaMond and Silvan were talking with me and asked to send their condolences as well. They each said what a truly wonderful woman your mom was! They remembered her with her great sense of humor and how she always had a comeback. They also said they remembered her great live for life and for serving others.