Mary Jean Ross Steinaker, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday morning, February 16, 2020 in Pleasant Grove, Utah, after a five year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
She was born September 24, 1946 to Francis “Fred” Ross and Kenna Ross in Roosevelt, Utah.
Mary attended Union High School where she was on the drill team and enjoyed dance, drama, and singing. She later attended Salt Lake Trade Tech in Business where she excelled in her classes and was chosen to speak at graduation. While at school she was the Chair of her Business Department and on the Party and Dance Committee.
She married the love of her life, Randy Steinaker, on August 20, 1965. They were later sealed in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. They were blessed with four children.
Mary and Randy settled in Manila, Utah where they ran a Chevron Station for 30 years. Mary was an integral part of the business and handled all of the finances. During the last 10 years, when the station was remodeled into a deli, she would be found cooking up a storm and providing the customers with the best food ever!
She was active in her community and was a member of the M & L Club and was the president of the American Cancer Society, Manila Chapter. She was also a substitute teacher and cheerleading advisor for many years at the High School.
Mary and Randy moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah after selling their business and have lived there ever since. Mary worked for the Park and Forest Service for many years. She loved Mt. Timpanogos and thought it was the most beautiful mountain on earth. She was a Ranger for the Park Service and we enjoyed hearing how many times she hiked to “HER” Timpanogos Cave each day. She felt like she was getting paid to exercise and loved working with wonderful people.
Mary was the ultimate hostess and would entertain in her home often. She was known for her great cooking abilities and the wonderful meals and treats she prepared for her family and friends. Mary was the person who would go out of her way to make sure her friends and family were taken care of. She was often on the phone checking in with everyone.
She loved her Bunko Babes; they and their families became an extension of her own. Mary had many choice memories Traveling, Eating, Visiting, Attending their Family Events and of course Playing Bunko. Mary will always appreciate these ladies’ friendships.
She loved being active and spending time in the outdoors. She was an Aerobics Queen, an Avid Hiker, Taekwondo Expert and loved anything having to do with Exercise. She loved Camping and was well known for her Dutch oven cooking and the wonderful meals and desserts she made. She was also an expert snowmobiler and would leave everyone in her dust.
Mary was known for being a Fashionista and was always perfectly put together. She never left the house, even when she was not feeling well, without being in a stunning outfit, jewelry to match, with hair and make-up done. She was known for her Shopping Expertise and found the best deals not only for herself, but for those she was shopping for.
She loved to travel, her favorite trip was her vacation to Italy, where she fell in love with the Amalfi Coast and would often share her memories of the beautiful ocean and mountain scenery.
Mary and Randy loved dancing and everyone would stop to watch when they took the floor.
She was a devoted grandmother to all of her grandchildren and an adoptive grandmother to many others. She could be found as a spectator at all of their sporting and extra-curricular events.
Mary was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in various callings throughout her life: Primary, Young Woman’s, Relief Society, and Girl’s Camp Director. Now that Mary is home, we know she is already working hard on the next assignment God has given her.
The Steinaker Family would like to thank the wonderful care givers, friends, and family who were her angels throughout her illness. Your visits, meals and loving kindness meant more to Mary and us than you will ever know.
She is survived by her husband Randy Steinaker, children; Michelle (John) Dennison, Melissa (Dave) Daymont, David (Renee) Steinaker, and Brett (Michelle) Steinaker, eight grandchildren: Dustin (Madison), Brandon (Shaunie) and Drew Dennison, Hailey and Chloe, Steinaker, Lily, Stryker and Brixton Steinaker, and one great-grandchild Holly Dennison. Siblings: Brother Kenny (Onie) Ross, Sisters Marlene Tanner, Kathleen (Kevin) Bezzant and Julene Hanberg. She is preceded in death by her parents Francis “Fred” Ross, Kenna Ross, and Brother Arlo J. Ross.
A funeral, celebration of Mary’s life, will be held Saturday February 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Pleasant Grove 1st ward Chapel: 455 East 200 South Pleasant Grove Utah. Family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. There will also be an evening viewing Friday, February 21, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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