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Obituary of Marjorie Faux
Marji was born in England on July 28, 1941. This was one year after the Battle of Britain which took place in the summer of 1940. Which waged in the skies over England between the Royal Air Force and the German Air Force (luftwaffe). Hitler’s Germany needed to control the skies over the channel and England in order to launch the boats across the channel carrying soldiers to invade England. They were unable to do so and this changed the course of history. This was the world Marji grew up in. She has recollections of a strange man coming into her home in uniform which she did not know was her father. She remembers sometime after the war a bomb shelter in her backyard. She spent her early years under severe rationing and food shortages.
Her parents belonged to the Catholic faith. Some of her ancestor were from Ireland. She attended primary and secondary Catholic schools. When she was 15 years old she and all of her classmates went to work. They had finished their formal education at that age. When she was about 19 she learned that her brother Alan had joined a church that “worshiped gold plates”. She was very upset as were her mother and father. It was not long though until her brother was able to teach her about Joseph Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was converted to the Gospel and he baptized her at her request.
Within a few weeks after her baptism, her Stake President called her and her brother Alan to be stake missionaries. She served with her brother two or three years as companion stake missionaries. They were very diligent and successful and taught several people who joined the church and became lifelong close friends to this day. She has been very close to her brother Alan all her life as missionary companions, going on long bike rides, she sang with a band in England under his encouragement and for many years. She called him on the phone in England every week or so.
In 1963 she began to feel the urge to move to Salt Lake City. At a missionary meeting she discussed her feelings with a senior missionary couple, Brother and Sister Wolsey. They invited her to come and live in their home in Salt Lake City while she made up her mind what to do after she arrived. She saved the money to buy one way passage on the Queen Elizabeth. She arrived at the home of the Wolsey’s early summer 1964. A few days after she arrived she started going door-to-door looking for work. She found work in an optical shop in Sugarhouse. A couple of months after she arrived she attended a church dance at the Terrace Ballroom downtown Salt Lake City. There she met her future husband Winston Faux. They went together for almost 3 years and were married on March 23, 1967 in the Salt Lake City Temple.
They lived together in a home on 1200 East. They had two children: AnneMarie born on October 9, 1972 and Byron September 23, 1977. They moved to a new home in Holladay in the late spring of 1977. They have lived in the same home to this present day.
Marji has been called to serve in numerous positions in the church. While she lived in the small Wakefield branch in England she held almost every position available to a woman, including speaking in Sacrament Meeting frequently. Since arriving in this country among other callings she has served as Primary President, counselor to the Relief Society President, taught frequent lessons in Relief Society, taught Sunday school classes and served for the last five years just before coming down with her final illness as Nursery leader. She very much loved working with sweet innocent little children under 3 years old.
Marjorie also had many jobs and work activities. She was in charge of getting attorneys wives to lead courthouse tours, had a property management business with her husband for over 25 years, conducted a charitable vending machine business, worked in two optical shops, managed weddings in a special events business building, assisted elderly women to avoid going into nursing homes and assisted in selling the assets of a bankrupt gift shop.
She enjoyed going on trips with her family to San Diego, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, Mac’s Inn, and especially, enjoyed trips back to England to visit with her family. In England her favorite place was the Lake District.
She loved to attend meetings in her home Ward in Holladay, enjoyed singing in the choir under the direction of Glen Slight, who gave her opportunities to sing and develop her talents in special Christmas programs, etc. She enjoyed all aspects of participating in Relief Society. She served as compassionate service leader several times as well as a counselor. She loved to socialize, visit with and be of assistance to other members of the Ward. She enjoyed spending many hours researching and organizing material to prepare to teach lessons.
Upon returning from a vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the end of August 2017 she was afflicted with illness which required her to enter the emergency room at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. She was operated on to address what was discovered to be Colon Cancer. She has fought that dreaded disease for the last 14 months until the date of her death. We are grateful for the excellent medical care she has received from Pioneer Comprehensive Medical Clinic, for the past three months. She also was receiving hospice care from HeartWood Hospice Service Company. We are grateful to them for everything they have done to help her through the final attempts to get nourishment into her body and finally after all attempts failed to give comfort and care to the end-of-life. She returned home to her Father in Heaven and welcomed by her family on Friday, October 26, 2018.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Cottonwood 16th Ward, 1750 Spring Lane, Holladay. A viewing will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the church. Burial will be in the Holladay Memorial Park. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
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