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Margaret (Brattan) HeapsAugust 9, 1950 ~ January 1, 2018 (age 67)
Margaret Brattan Heaps, 67 passed away at home surrounded by her loving family January 1, 2018. Margaret was born 1950 in Hull, Yorkshire, England to Jessie and William Brattan. She grew up on Collins Lane where she spent a wonderful childhood. Margaret was the sixth of six children. Doreen, June, William, Irene and John.
Margaret served as a stake missionary and it was during that time that she met Elder Heaps who only knew her as Sister Brattan. This was in July of 1970. They became friends and wrote letters upon his return. She came to America in September of 1971 to marry her sweetheart David Heaps. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They built a beautiful life together, filled with love and laughter for over forty six years. They enjoyed traveling together and spending time at Lake Powell with their family. David traveled a lot in their life together and he always said that the most important part was returning to her. Their love story was one that inspired all that they knew.
Margaret and David together had seven children. Shauna Arnesen (Steve), Jared, Laura, Kevin (Jennifer), Curtis (Joelle), Allen and Jessica (Brandon) Waite and twenty-one grandchildren. Margaret was a loving and gentle mother and grandmother, her family was her greatest joy. While raising her children, she was always a great teacher and loved taking them on adventures. One of their favorite adventures together was a trip to the duck pond to feed the ducks and have a picnic. She taught her children to be kind, loving, forgiving and to always serve. She loved to bake. She especially loved to have special cookie decorating parties with her grandchildren. All of her grandchildren were taken on special shopping trips to get their first backpacks for school.
Margaret would travel home to England and spend time with her sisters and family. They traveled and laughed until they cried. The relationship and bond that she shared with her sisters was a special love.
Margaret had a great love of the savior and limitless faith. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her ward members loved and cherished her very much and often used her as an example of compassion and integrity in lessons.
Margaret’s greatest joy was to serve. She enjoyed a career as the customer service and inside sales manager at Twin Labs. Customer service and serving others was an important part of her. Each of the people that she worked with was very important to her and she loved and cared for each one of them.
On her desk was a heart shaped bowl with eight rocks in it. The rocks had the words that defined who she was a person. Grace, integrity, patience, creativity, courage, serenity, attitude and imagine. Whenever anyone would come into her office they would pick up a rock and roll it in their hands. These rocks have felt the love of many people. They realized that these are the characteristics that she wanted each of them to carry in their lives, so that they could present these to the customers they served.
Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, William and Jessie, sister Doreen, brothers William and John, grandchildren Lexy and Ian.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, 494 S. 300 E. Pleasant Grove, Utah with a viewing from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Family and friends may attend an evening viewing Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., same location. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.