Marilyn Staples Matthews

April 28, 1943 ~ October 20, 2020


Oct. 29, 2020
3:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT
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    Oct. 29, 2020
    5:00 AM
    Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT
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  • Marilyn was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, teacher, and friend. She was born April 28, 1943, in Coalville, Utah to James Emerson Staples and Florence Staples. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 20, 2020.

    She grew up on the family dairy farm, learning the skills that would take her through life and be passed to her own children. After graduating from North Summit High School, she went to BYU and received her teaching degree in 1966. She started her teaching career with first graders.

    She met her husband, Virgil, in Hawaii while he was in the Navy. They were married on June 2, 1973. She always said, “I fished your Dad out of the sea”. She was so proud to be a Navy wife. They lived in Bremerton, Washington until Virgil was discharged from the Navy and they returned to Utah.

    She went back to teaching where she taught fourth graders at Horizon Elementary until she retired in 2006. Teaching was her passion. She had a gift to touch children’s lives. Throughout the years, no matter where she went, whether it was a restaurant or a vacation, it seemed that someone always said, “Mrs. Matthews, you were my favorite teacher”.

    She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many different callings over the years. She was sealed to Virgil and her family in the Salt Lake Temple on January 31, 1975.

    Marilyn’s three kids, Justin, Amanda and ShaNae were her joy. Holidays were always extra special when Mom made cookies and a grand meal. You could feel her love in how she tried to feed everyone and make sure no one was left wanting. She looked forward to the annual family trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She was always excited to see the mountains, eat at several of the unique restaurants, shop in all the little shops, and spend time with the family.

    Marilyn also loved camping and the outdoors. She always thought that we were starving and made sure there was enough food for a small army. She loved to build a huge fire, cook in Dutch ovens, and make s’mores. We called her a “firebug” because if the fire wasn’t at least 4 feet tall, it barely qualified as a fire.

    She was an avid collector of salt and pepper shakers and anything with an elephant. She had a huge collection of salt and pepper shakers and it was hard to find a corner that didn’t have an elephant peeking out of it.

    Marilyn’s 10 grandchildren were her world. Every special event that any of them were involved in, whether it was a birthday, church program, baptism, blessing, concert, play, sport, recital, award ceremony or Halloween parade, Grandma Matthews was always there cheering the kids on. They all looked forward to seeing Grandma there, knowing that she was there just for them. She devoted hours of her time helping her kids and grandkids whenever help was needed. She gave so much of herself to anyone who needed her.

    Marilyn was an extraordinary woman, touching the lives of everyone she came into contact with. Friends and family have described her as kind, loving, giving, thoughtful, amazing and wonderful. She was all of these and more.

    Marilyn is survived by her husband Virgil, her son Justin (Brenda), her daughters Amanda (Matt) Montgomery, and ShaNae, her ten grandchildren: Leatha, Cameron, Amelia, Tristan, Brennan, Sammy, Micah, Addysen, Jesse, and Drew, as well as her four brothers and two sisters.

    “A limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong”.

    Mom, may you fly high with the Angels. We love you and we miss you.

    Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 29, at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah. A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to the services. Please share a memory at


    My condolences to all. “A limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong”. Love you all. Arlin and Carolyn Ovard

    - Arlin S Ovard
    Sending love and condolences to Marilyn's family and all of the extended family.

    - Michelle (Mickey) Butler Kline
    So very sorry about Marilyn’s passing, she was so pretty. I went to school with Clinton, they were a very wonderful family.

    - Marji Shepherd
    Dear Matthews Family, I taught with Marilyn at Horizon for many years and always enjoyed her smile and laugh. She was a wonderful teacher and was missed after she retired. My thoughts and heart go out to all of you at this time. May God bless and comfort you at this time and help you keep the happy memories of Marilyn. - - - Darle (aka Miss Taylor)

    - Darle Taylor
    So very sorry to learn of Marilyn’s passing. Growing up we spend lots of time together laughing, playing and talking “girl” stuff. Marilyn was one of my maid’s of honor for my wedding. We were not only cousins but best friends. What a loss for your family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this time. Love to each one. Hugs! 🌸💗🌸Carol Staples France

    - Carol Staples France
    I am so sorry to read that Marilyn has passed away. I was a substitute teacher at Horizon where my four children went to school. Marilyn would request me often and I so enjoyed her. She was strict and you could hear a pin drop in her classroom. The children knew just what she expected of them and that is why I loved to sub for her. I know you will miss her and pray for Heavenly Father to comfort you all during this time. Hold those memories tight. I loved her smile and her laugh. I am so glad to have known her.

    - marilyn hanks
    So sorry for your loss. We wished we could have gotten to know Marilyn a little better, but she sounds like an awesome lady! We will continue to send prayers and thoughts your way!

    - Sam and Stephanie Larson
    Dear Matthews Family, I was so saddened to hear of Marilyn's passing. I always loved her happy spirit, enthusiastic attitude and great sense of humor. She helped me with girl's camp many years ago and it will always be a great memory for me. She loved the outdoors and she was a master at outdoor cooking. She was such a great neighbor and friend. May you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all as you navigate the next months and years without her. She will be sorely missed. With love, Cozette

    - cozette carlson
    How we loved Marilyn! She was a touch of home when we were all at BYU, a bridesmaid at our wedding, and she flew to Illinois to help us when Kristi was born. Later, she flew to Hawaii to help again; and it was there that she met Virgil, the love of her life. They were married and lived on Oahu for a short time when he was in the Navy. She hosted a beautiful luncheon for us when we left on our mission to New Zealand, and she was always so gracious and giving. She and Virgil share the same birthday; and though we do not, we can’t remember a year when she didn’t call each of us to wish us Happy Birthday. It is just who she was. Miss you, sweet sister. We can never forget your smile.

    - David & Lucy Staples
    I understand that none of Marilyn’s immediate family know who I am, but I knew Marilyn and graduated from North Summit the same year she did. She was always the life of the party in a good way! She was friendly, cheerful, smart and fun to be with. She was a good friend and I send my best wishes to you as a family. I only saw her obituary today so, obviously was unable to attend the viewing. Sincerely, Harold Brown

    - Harold Brown