Our loving mother passed away surrounded by loved ones on December 17, 2022 at Legacy House of Bountiful.
She was born in Salt Lake City, UT to Joseph Vernon Pugh and Martha Dietz Pugh on December 21, 1931. She is the oldest child and sister to Conrad and Marjorie.
She married her high school sweetheart on August 23, 1949 and they were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Mom just wanted to be the best mother she could be, and she was to her seven children, Kim (Helga) Leishman, Craig (Joyce) Leishman, Paul Leishman, Mary (Dave) Jackman, Julia (Larry) Kienke, Christine (David) Woodmansee, and Alan Leishman. Mom and Dad were then blessed with 24 beautiful grandchildren who gave them 49 great grandchildren. She adored and supported them all in any way that she could. They were her pride and joy.
Marilyn was a great woman of faith who loves her Heavenly Father and Savior. She was a woman of service and was always giving and doing for others. She held many positions in her church community. She loved to cook and bake and was good at it, too. She accumulated enough recipes and cookbooks to fill a bookshelf. She loved to read and learn new things. She took a constitution class to enhance her knowledge and love of her country. You knew for sure how Mom felt and where you stood with her, but she loved hard and was always there for us.
Marilyn became a beautician and did hair in her home for friends and family making us all beautiful. She went into business with her best friend, Lavon Hunt, and opened a party store called Monkey Business. This was so much fun for her grandkids who reaped the benefits of fun parties and balloon bouquets.
Mom loves her friends, and she has many. We knew she had a lot of friends, but through her death we learned of more people who loved and cared for her than we ever knew. She loved her aids at Legacy House and became friends with so many of them even though their age difference was vast. So many of her friends loyally visited her and cared for her. Someone once commented that she had more visitors than anyone in her assisted living. This speaks to her wonderful friendships.
She was preceded in death by her husband Brent Leishman; parents Vernon and Martha Pugh; mother and father-in-law, Mark and Florence Leishman; brother, Conrad Pugh; sister, Marjorie Willard; son, Paul Leishman; granddaughter, Randie Leishman and great grandchild, Jonathan Leishman.
The family will receive visitors for a viewing on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 from 6-8 at the LDS Meetinghouse located at 1825 South 800 East, Bountiful, UT. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 11:00 am. Visitors will be received prior to the funeral services from 10:00-10:45 am.
Thank you, Mom, for instilling a love of Christ in us and showing that love through service. We know you will be rocking babies in Heaven, and we hope you have the kitchen of your dreams. Love ya Mom.
We would like to thank Legacy House for their great care of our mother, Utah Home Health and Hospice, and the many friends who took time to visit and care for her.