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Marilyn Jean Tibbetts

Born: 6/30/1938, Moab, Utah
Death: 12/16/2020, La Sal, Utah
Service: Private
Interment: Grand Valley Cemetery

Marilyn Jean Tibbetts passed away at her home in LaSal, Utah on December 16th, 2020 at the age of 82. She passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones. Marilyn was preceded in death by her loving husband Gail, whom she has waited 29 years to be reunited with, her son Tracy, who passed at 19 years old, her sister Kaye, baby sister Julie, her father Alva, and her mother Adolee. 

Marilyn Jean Johnston was born in Moab, Utah on June 30th, 1938 to Adolee Rowell Johnston and Alva Johnston. Marilyn attended school in Moab, but spent many of her summers in Fischer Valley, helping on the family ranch. Marilyn was married to Gail Tibbetts on October 23rd, 1954. They lived in Moab, where they raised their four sons and daughter. Marlilyn’s focus in life was all about family. On a daily basis, she would comment on how grateful she is for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She felt thankful for how well they have all done in life. Marilyn leaves this world comforted in knowing that her family will continue to care for eachother and lead enriching lives. 

In later life, Marilyn helped run Jimbo’s Country Market. Many people in the community looked forward to conversations with her at the store. She was kind and warm to everyone she met. Marilyn loved spending time hiking in the desert with her family, reading many good books, and was gifted with the talent and patience to create numerous beautiful quilts over the years. Marilyn enjoyed attending sporting events and activities that her grandchildren participated in. She took every opportunity possible to brag about her grandkids. She had great love and pride for them all. 

The last 18 months, Marilyn lived out her days on the back porch of her home in LaSal, Utah, where she would take in the panoramic views of the pond, Lasal and Abajo Mountains. She enjoyed watching the hummingbirds banter back and forth. She took the most pleasure from spending time with her dogs, Chloe and Luke. She spoiled them rotten, and in turn, they were very protective and loving towards her. 

Marilyn Tibbetts is survived by her sons Rodney Tibbetts (Carolyn), James Tibbetts (Wendy), Gregg Tibbetts (Colleen), her daughter Tiffany Gill (James), her brothers Bob Johnston, Bill Johnston (Donna), and Scott Johnston (Susan), her 12 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. 

Marilyn’s absence will be felt greatly this holiday season, but her family is overwhelmed with joy at the thought of Marilyn being reunited with her husband and son after so many years of missing them deeply. 

A graveside service for the family will be held on December 21st, 2020.


Dear Family: We are so sorry about your loss of your Mom, Grandmother and friend. Marilyn and her family lived next door (north) to me (Inalyn Young) for a short time when we were kids and even though she and her sister were younger than me we did have fun playing together/ Joy's house was on the other side (south) of ours and we all had a lot of fun together - mostly playing outdoors. Marilyn was always so pleasant and friendly through the years. The Tibbetts and Johnsons have been friends since the 1940s (I think!). Bill and I just want you to know we are thinking of all of you at this sad time in your lives. Love,
- Inalyn & Bill

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