Marianne Williams passed away on June 5th, 2019 in Kanab Utah at the age of 72.
Marianne was born on January 28th, 1947, in Baker Oregon, to Floyd Claude Williams and Barbara Alice Amelia Ord.
Marianne's father, Floyd passed away on Christmas Eve, 1953. A few years later her mother married Franklin R. Smith Jr. he was the father that she turned to throughout her life. Marianne's youth was spent living in Oregon, Alaska, and Montana.
Marianne Graduated from Great Falls High in 1965. She married James Edward Willyerd on June 24th, 1965 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Temple located in Cardston Alberta. Marianne and Jim had six children, Daniel James, Jon David, Michelle Lee, Jeffery Thomas, Karey Nicole and Timothy Richard. They were later divorced in 1981.
In 1983 she bravely moved herself and her children to Salt Lake City Utah to attend Nursing School. A year later, in December of 1984, she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Through the grace of the Savior and her incredible Faith in Him and the power of the Priesthood, she won her battle with cancer. Although she conquered cancer, her body would have to endure the consequences of that battle for the rest of her life.
Marianne worked full time, battled cancer, attended nursing school, and raised six kids on her own while maintaining 4.0 GPA. Marianne graduated from LPN school on June 5th, 1985. In 1987 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Weber State University. Marianne earned a perfect score on her State Nursing Exam and was recruited by five different hospitals in the Salt Lake area. In her nursing career she worked at Cottonwood Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, LDS Hospital, University of Utah Burn Center, Primary Children's Hospital, and Pioneer Valley Hospital. Marianne was a brilliant nurse. Marianne had three areas in her life where she was completely self-assured, her faith in Jesus Christ, the rearing of her children, and taking care of her patients. Marianne retired from nursing in 2006.
Marianne was only an empty nester for a short time. Marianne was blessed to be able to live with her daughter Karey and her family in Sandy Utah for 19 years. In 2017 she made the move to Kanab, Utah to live with her daughter Michelle and her family until her passing.
Marianne’s children and grandchildren were her world and she never imagined that she would be so blessed to live long enough to enjoy being a great-grandmother.
She is survived by her children Dan Willyerd, Jon (Chandra) Willyerd, Michelle (David) Crosby, Jeff (Kristen) Willyerd, Karey (Dave) Williams, and Tim (Cherish) Willyerd, 21 Grandchildren and 11 Great-Grandchildren, Her Siblings Dixie Burrows, Judy (John) Hayworth, Laurie (Jerry) Wiseman, F. Richards (Elizabeth) Smith III, and David (Jenny) Smith and Sister-in-law Diana Williams.
She is preceded in death by her Father, Floyd Williams, Stepfather, Franklin R. Smith Jr, her mother, Barbara Smith, brother Tom Williams, and her nephew Brian Williams.
Life Story Info
Religion and Beliefs
- Cottonwood Hospital, UT
- Holy Cross Hospital, UT
- LDS Hospital, UT
- University of Utah Burn Center, UT
- Primary Children's Hospital, UT
- Pioneer Valley Hospital, UT
High SchoolGreat Falls High
Bachelor'sWeber State University
Karey, I have the sweetest memories of your mom from Cottonwood ICU in (I think) 1995. I learned so much from her, both clinically and in her gentle bedside manner. I met her when she was helping put your wedding together, and starting to put the finishing touches on your gown. She was so proud of all of you kids. I am not LDS, but we had a running joke that if either of us married again, it should be to a polygamist, and we would choose the other to be a subsequent wife. So instead of saying, “Thank you!” to each other, we would say, “ I would choose you.” Her humor and her watchfulness got me through a lot of long, terrifying nights as a new nurse. Her passing serves to remind me to reach out to people who have meant anything to me in my life, and build me up, as she always did. Love to your family.