Marian Gale Clark passed away peacefully in the Stonehenge Nursing Facility in American Fork, Utah on September 7, 2019 after a year-long battle with health problems. Within the last few weeks of her life, she was in good enough health to visit her son Sterling and her beloved cats at her beautiful historic home in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Gale was born in Austin, Texas, July 13, 1954 and spent most of her younger years in that state. Gale took the love of Texas with her no matter where she lived. She felt it an honor to her ancestors who settled in the state of Texas and to her memories of the beautiful land. Before attending Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University), she lived with her mother and siblings in Las Vegas and graduated from Western High School.
Gale was a friend to everyone. She brought her bright, vivacious attitude everywhere she went. She worked in retail and sales management most of her life, where she put those excellent qualities to good use. People loved to visit Gale in her many places of work over the years, including Red Coyote and Nordstrom in the Provo, Utah area. Her bubbly personality attracted many friends, colleagues and loyal customers.
Throughout Gale’s life she continued to develop her many artistic abilities, including jewelry making, crafts and collecting. Her home became a museum of her most prized creations and she was eager to share them with those she loved. Gale had a special ability to make even the simplest pieces of nature or trash become instant, whimsical treasures.
The Pleasant Grove home was a place of refuge for Gale in the final years of her life. She worked hard in her lovely garden and enjoyed the wild animals that would visit her and her cats there. But her true pride and joy was always her son, Sterling, who stood by her side his entire life.
Gale is survived by her son Robert Sterling Clark, her mother Doris Joy Elizabeth Willey Jones, her sister Natalie Garner Carroll (Robert Alan Carroll), her brother Brent Charles Garner (Tracey Walker Garner), her step-brother Timothy Jones (Claudia Shea Jones), her sister in law Korin Collette Garner, her nieces and nephews Brinn (Cameron), Darien (Eric), Fredérique, Jesse, Bergen (Matt), Robert (Camila), Branzton (Kesia), Ramsey, Charley and Chloey and her grand-nieces and nephews Audette, Kezton, Benetton, Creighton, Kazlyn and Maclan. Gale was known as Aunt Gale or Grandma Gale to all; she was loved by her friends, their children and grandchildren. They all will miss her dearly, but are happy that she is truly now “Free to be Gale”.
Memorial services will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at her home, 550 East 500 North, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Family and friends are invited to attend and welcome Gale home for the last time. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you help contribute to her memorial garden. Donations will be accepted via the Venmo account freetobegale.
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