Marla Kay Lay

1960 ~ 2023

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Marla Kay Lay, our incredibly loved wife, sister, aunt, great aunt, and friend passed away unexpectedly in her home Monday, January 9th.

Marla was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 12, 1960, to Calvin &Carol Smith. She graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1978. At the age of 19, she started working for Warner-Lambert, who sold to Becton Dickenson where she retired after 41 years. She married her love, Michael Lay, on July 21, 1990, and although they never had children of their own, they always had fur babies at home.

Marla loved to take photos of everything and everyone. She so enjoyed the beauty of the world and the people in it. She loved spending time with family and friends. Marla was a crafter and enjoyed making key chains, wreaths, and fridge magnets. She made friends wherever she would go, and absolutely loved being a part of the Wasatch Car Club. Showing off her car, talking to people, and being with Mike and their dogs were her most favorite things in life.

Marla was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin & Carol Smith, and her sister, and one of her best friends, Lory Smith. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Lay, brother Sterling (Betty), and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She will be extraordinarily missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 20th at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 3836 W4100 S, West Valley City, UT 84120, with viewings on Thursday. January 19th from 6 - 8 p.m. and Friday morning from 10 - 10:45 a.m. at the same location. The graveside service will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, Utah 84092 immediately following the funeral. The funeral will also be streamed via


I’m so sorry for your loss I know your wife from working at BD Medical she is such a fantastic woman and I am so glad that I got to know her.

- Terrie carlston

So sorry that she is gone. Such a good person. I will miss seeing her post on Facebook.

- Beverly Bloodworth

Mike, we are so sad to hear of marla's passing. she was such a wonderful person and we have so many memories with you two. Our hearts are with you now and in the future. If you need anything just call. Love, Scott & Janell

- scott & janell Sims

Sorry for you loss Marla was a great friend and co worker. She always had a smile on her face she loved her dogs and going to the car shows to show off her car.
She will be missed greatly !!!!

- Sheri Clark

Marla will be missed

- Heidi

I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Marla. She grew up across the street from me and was always at our house or I was at her’s. Later in life we would always see one another when we visited our parents who still lived in the “old” neighborhood. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

- Becky Bailey

So sorry to hear of Marla’s passing. Marla I worked together for a couple years and would occasionally bump in to one another while out and about. She was a truly sweet and kind person. The world is a little less with out her.

- May Schilling

My condolences to all of Marla’s family, the last time I saw her was at my dads celebration of life, she got to meet the rest of my family & shared with everyone that she had also worked with my mom, she made some pins & key chains with my parents pictures to share with everyone, I missed her already since she left work & now I’ll miss her more, she truly became a treasured friend.The Lords peace & comfort be with all of you 💜

- Teresina Romero

What do you say about Marla one of the kindest loving person I’ve ever seen. If people lived there life like Marla did so many of the problems in this would go away. Thanks you for all the good you have done.

- Ken white

Marla was one of the kindest persons I’ve ever met. I have many fond memories of her and Lory. I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, sister, and aunt. Sending prayers and comfort.

- Laurie Forbush

I had the pleasure of working with Marla at BD Medical. Marla was a special lady that was always kind, helpful, and a hard worker. Once I moved out of the production area, it was always fun to see and talk with Marla in the hall and catch up. Marla mentioned she was going to show her car in Heber last summer, so I met Mike and Marla there and got to see her beautiful car. I'll always be grateful for having known her and I will miss her posts on Facebook. Mike, god bless you and take care.

- Alan Manley

Perry and I are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed visiting with Marla and Mike when they came to Logan to the car show. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Ginger and Perry Christensen

So sorry to hear about Marla passing. She wS a pleasure to know and work with. God bless

- Jan olheiser

I just can’t believe that she is gone. I keep thinking of the summer days when we were young and played in the neighborhood. And the night when she stopped by my mom and dads house when we were cleaning it out to sell and we talked for a long time about old times. My heart is broken to think that her laugh will never be heard again or her smile will never be seen. Marla was such a special person. She will be greatly missed.

- Patty Pacheco (Crookston)

Mike, Carolyne and I were shocked and saddened to hear about Marla’s unexpected passing.
She was such a gentle soul and we certainly will miss seeing her at classic car events.
We think the world of you as well, so wishing you some peace at this time.
Memory of our Friend Marla, she will certainly be missed

- John & Carolyne

Love and prayers going out to Mike and family at this very sad time. Marla was a very special friend and will be truly missed. So many wonderful memories of her and we have many cute crafts that she made for us in our motorhome and our house. Love John and Jackie xx

- John and Jackie Sorensen

So sorry to hear of Marla passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be deeply missed. I remember she and her roommate, Debbie, lived in the apartment below me when my son was born. So I have known her over 38 years! RIP dear, Marla!!!!!

- Debbie Narusis

Marla surely will be missed. I worked with her for many years and it was a pleasure working with her. God bless🙏🏻

- Pat Case

My condolences to you and the family she was a genuine person and always nice it was always a great pleasure to be your neighbor for years RIP and much love for you Mike.

Bonilla family

- Cris bonilla

My condolences to you and the family she was a genuine person and always nice it was always a great pleasure to be your neighbor for years RIP and much love for you Mike.

Bonilla family

- Cris bonilla

I was so sorry to hear of Marla passing.
I worked with Marla for several years at BD before we discovered we were actually related.
Her grandpa Smith and my grandma were brother and sister.
I lost contact with Marla until she just a few weeks ago contacted me on Instagram. She was a great lady that will truly be missed.

- Loretta Butcher Stewart

I am going to miss you my dear friend, we had fun and great times we had so many fun talks working with you. and seeing you laugh was special. making your moms and dads 50th wedding cake was so much fun we had a great friendship i love you my dear sweet friend. condolences to your family at this time you will be greatly missed. and always thought about. Till we meet again and then we can laugh and talk again

- Diane Widerburg

Sterling, Mary and the entire Smith family, sending our deepest. Sympathies to all of you for your loss of your sister. Our prayers are with all of you during this very sad moment in your life. Sending love and hugs to all of you❤️J&M

- Jeanne and Martin Roush

I am truely sorry for your loss. Marla was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed bu all of us. Wasatch Chevy Car Club won't be the same without her.

- Krista Anderson

It is with mixed emotions that I reach out to you to give my condolences. I have worked with Marla for most of my years at BD & at one time became her line lead & QA tech, she was a light here at BD always talking about her love of car shows, Michael, all her family & friends. She is a precious gift to our world & now to heaven. Enjoy your heavenly gifts, Marla we will miss you!!

- Angie Thompson

Our deepest sympathies . Sorry for your loss. I worked with Marla for several years and always appreciated her work ethics. She was always joyful and was upbeat , kept humor among her co workers.

- Charlene Mair

Our deepest sympathies . Sorry for your loss. I worked with Marla for several years and always appreciated her work ethics. She was always joyful and was upbeat , kept humor among her co workers.

- Charlene Mair

Marla was in my first Laurel class at church. What a wonderful person! I will remember her smile, her gentle ways and her kindness. I never once remember her being negative in anyway. She and my son shared May 12th as their birthdays. I’m always happy when Facebook reunites us with our best friends. I stopped into Hires restaurant one night with a friend and who else but Marla came out to greet me!? She just had to show me her car! I was surprised and it was so good to feel the love that only Marla could spread. Mike, Sterling and families may you be comforted by the special memories of one of the best people to ever grace this Earth. Rest In Peace Marla.
PS. I watched the service live and again tonight. It was perfect. I also was at the gravesite. I had been sick so I didn’t get out of my car. But I am happy to know where she is resting so I can visit her from time to time.

- Chris Hauser