Margene Murri Taylor passed peacefully on to heaven the morning of November 20, 2023. Margene was born in St. Anthony Idaho to Orlando and Della Murri and was the oldest of 3 girls. She was raised in Idaho Falls where she blossomed by the side of her parents and absorbed many different skills and life lessons. She learned to work hard from her daddy by helping to build their house, working the farm, and fishing. She developed a love for flowers and plants from her mother and could often be found helping her can the items from the garden.
Margene loved her childhood and had fond memories of her schoolteachers, classes, friends, and family life. She made lifelong friends who she stayed close with all the way from the first grade. She was always a hard worker. She excelled in math and remembered a time she felt so proud when she won the contest in third grade to learn her times tables the fastest. Every fall she would be let out from school for the potato harvest where she was paired with a partner to fill the gunny sacks. One year she was paired with a homeless man who found her work ethic to be too much for him and he quit before noon. It was her favorite when she was paired with her mother. She said they “were the best workers together, we always beat all the other pickers in the field.” Mother kept her on task instead of throwing rotten spuds at the boys.
Margene learned early in life the blessings of the temple. Her first memory of life was when she was about 3 years old and was taken by her parents to the Salt Lake Temple to be sealed to them. She was in awe at the huge, beautiful rooms with pretty chandeliers. She also remembered a sweet lady playing with her, and even running out of the temple after her, to return her blue coat she had left behind.
In her early years she learned about the power of prayer, the selflessness in ministering, and the importance of tithing. She witnessed firsthand how her dad would share food and crops with neighbors who needed it and never accepted a cent for their generosity. She watched him pay his tithing faithfully and learned from him how important that was. She would spend hours on her knees praying for those suffering in WWII. She spent time searching for foil gum wrappers and cigarette wrappers which could be turned in to help make items needed for the war. Margene spent most of her time however, looking for 4 leaf clovers to send to the service men fighting the war, as a token of hope.
After graduating high school, she moved to Salt Lake City where she met Gil and fell quickly in love. They were married on June 21, 1954 in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Together they had four kids; Kirk (Anne), Loralee, Douglas (Marsha), and Angela. Margene used her hard work ethic to help with finances throughout the early years of marriage. She was a dedicated mother to her children and faithful wife to Gil. Family meant everything to Margene. She willingly and unselfishly put the needs of them before herself. She was always proud to be a mother and was pleased by her posterity in all they did.
Margene also had a deep love for pigs and plants (especially African Violets). Her house was a testament to this - covered in pigs that she collected over the years and house plants she cared for. She always loved to celebrate the 4th of July, where her patriotism really shone through. Some of her best memories were made visiting Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons, which she always enjoyed. She was thankful for the time spent there and with family at their cabin in Island Park.
Margene had a strong testimony of Christ and was a worthy and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was dedicated to having a current temple recommend from the time she was endowed all the way up to her passing. She was loyal and had a deep passionate way of helping others feel their worth. She shared this love with others countless times as she served as the Primary President, in Relief Society Presidencies at the ward and stake level, Sunday School Teacher, and Young Women's Leader. She cared for others with pure love.
Margene was preceeded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her 4 children, 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Delora Murri (Merle) Daun, and Janet Murri (Lynn) Potts.
The family would like to thank the caregivers from Symbii Hospice for their loving care, and the amazing staff at Covington Senior Living, for all they did to make the last of Margene's time on this Earth comfortable, and the tender love they gave her.
Funeral services will be held at 10am on Monday November 27th, at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 N Main Street Farmington, UT. Viewing times will be Sunday evening Nov 26th from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and prior to the service on Monday morning from 9:00 to 9:45am. Interment will be at the Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls, ID at noon on Tuesday November 28th.
The service will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/people/Russon-Mortuary-Crematory/100057447129518/) and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.