Marie Shaffer Olsen

Feb. 1, 2018


Marie Shaffer Olsen, 92, of Manti, Utah passed away at the home of her granddaughter on Jan. 25, 2018.

Marie was born to Marion Kenyon and Susan Stringham Shaffer on March 13, 1925 in Vernal, Utah. She was the second of two children.

She grew up in Maser and Vernal, Utah. The family moved to Manti, where her father was a door to door salesman. Her father passed away when she was 13. His passing was a real hardship on her mother, raising two girls alone. In this Marie learned the value of hard work and perseverance.

She married her high school sweetheart, Richard Dee Olsen, on Jan. 9, 1945 in the Salt Lake City Temple. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in January of 2015. Richard preceded her in death on April 7, 2015.

Marie and Richard lived on the family farm west of Sterling where she helped with the chores and worked in Elliott’s Pharmacy for several years. They moved to Salt Lake City in 1955, but returned to Manti to work on the farm.

Mom was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had a strong testimony of our Savior. She served in many callings in the church. She was involved with the Mormon Miracle Pageant, from cooking, sewing and whatever else she was asked to do.

Her family was the light of her life, from doing family history and learning about sharing their stories, to the many camping trips to state and national parks to Lake Powell, to the cabin in the mountain that was the dream of dad and her to enjoy being in the peace that brings. She loves all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Claudia), Olsen and David (Marie C), Olsen.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Beth (Bill), Brown; sister-in-law, Adele (Royal), Lambert; brother-in-law, Donald (Sherline), Olsen; grandchildren, Amberly Olsen, Erik Olsen and great-grandchildren, Taylor Olsen, Feleti Lincoln Taukei’aho, Mark Christensen and Jeremy Palmer.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at 11 a.m in the Manti Stake Center. Friends may call on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.             Interment will be in the Manti City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.