Marsha Nilson Case, 69, passed away from heart failure in the early morning hours of December 30, 2023, at the IHC Hospital in Murray, Utah, surrounded by her loving husband and children.
On March 12, 1954, Bob and Marie Nilson of West Point, Utah, gave birth to a beautiful daughter named Marsha. The Nilsons lived in West Point until the sixth grade when her family moved to Bountiful. This is where she developed many lifelong friendships that brought her considerable happiness and joy. Throughout her life, she loved getting together with her many friends to tell stories and laugh about their adventures raising their families.
She married her first husband, Terry Coburn, with whom she had four children: Chris, Corey, Vance, and Brittney. Their marriage ended, and in 1990, she married a high school friend, Craig Case in the Jordan River Temple, and her family grew even more. Marsha was instantly the mother and stepmother of seven rambunctious boys and two daughters, all between the ages of 17 and two years.
During the first decade of their marriage, while Craig traveled on business much of the time, Marsha worked and managed this free-wheeling group of high-spirited teens, all of whom pushed the edge and lived life to the fullest. In addition to feeding her own kids, she fed most of the teenagers in Centerville. For five and a half years, Marsha and the kids got up at 5:00 am, and 365 days a year, delivered over 100 newspapers to homes around Centerville. She became so proficient at doing laundry that she jokingly said it would be her calling in the spirit world. She often told family and friends, "I just needed one more day." Service in her church included a decade of visiting and teaching the inmates at the Davis County jail.
In the year 2000, Marsha accepted a job managing projects at the Water Quality Department at the State of Utah. When the Covid pandemic ramped up, she retired after twenty years of service to help home-school her grandchildren. She felt strongly that this was "meant to be and was what she needed to do." She loved watching them grow up and fostered individual relationships with each of them.
Marsha loved living in Centerville, hosting parties for her family, Dick's Market maple bars, Diet Coke, sappy PBS movies, Christmas mornings, and being a Webelos leader. And she loved snow skiing. During the winters, she often made ski trips up the canyons to Alta and Powder Mountain with her kids. One of her favorite places to go was Lake Powell. Many summers were spent on the "Cottonwood Queen" houseboat. She and her family made many memories there to last a lifetime.
She loved to joke and laugh, although she couldn't tell a joke without fouling it up. She would laugh at herself and keep trying, which was funnier than the joke itself.
Through all the challenges of raising her family, she never once complained. In every respect, she was the finest wife, mother, and grandmother one could possibly imagine.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marie Nilson; Her brother, Robert Nilson; two of her beloved children, Corey and Vance Coburn; and Grandson, Aiden Case, all of whom were there to greet her on the other side, along with her beloved labrador retrievers, Harley and Jennings.
She is survived by her husband, Craig Case; son, Chris Coburn, his wife Ann, and their daughter Ella; daughter Brittney Black, her husband Matt and their children Millie and Max; Her stepson, Jake, and his wife Nicole; and their children Avery, Aiden, who preceded her in death, Alyvia, and Abigail; and stepchildren Christer, Rick, Nate, and Kelli Case.
Marsha’s viewing will be at Russon Brothers Mortuary in Farmington (1941 North Main Street, Farmington) on Thursday, January 11, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. On Friday, January 12, the viewing will be from 9:30 to 10:45, and the funeral will begin at 11:00 at the LDS chapel located at 210 E 1825 North, in Centerville. Marsha will be buried next to her two sons at the Centerville Cemetery.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and will play on this obituary page below. The livestream will usually begin 15-20 minutes before the service.
Instead of flowers, please consider contributing to the Amigos of Honduras, a charity Marsha actively supported and loved. Send your contributions in her name to Dave Riley at 1866 North 150 East, Centerville, Utah 84014.