Margo Helen Marriott Shaw celebrated the 4th of July with the love of her life. She returned to her Father in Heaven and loved ones late July 3, 2023. She returned peacefully, surrounded by family as we all reminisced about the happy times we have had together. She attended her Marriott family reunion on Saturday, and then spent Sunday evening at the Shaw campground surrounded by her family that she loved. She was still asking how everyone was doing and how their day went just hours before she passed. She spent her life being involved with all that she knew, and she loved making connections with people.
She was born July 9, 1936, in Ogden Utah, to Gilbert Enos Marriott and Helen Alvaretta Smirl. She was the oldest daughter of 10 children. At 13 years of age her father was involved in a severe automobile accident that left him in the hospital for six months. She took responsibility in helping raise her younger brothers and sisters while her mother worked fulltime and took care of her father. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed being with her family.
Margo graduated from Weber High School where she was the Student Body Vice President and was involved in orchestra, music, and loved watching sports. She met the love of her life, Don, and her first date with him was attending the “Little Brown Jug” game watching her older brother play. Don had graduated from Weber High three years earlier and she loved watching him play sports in college. She spent many years watching her children and grandchildren participate in sporting events. She was married on March 18, 1954, in the Salt Lake Temple. She was a senior in high school, and they then moved to Liberty, Utah where she caught the bus each day and finished high school. Don was drafted in the army, and they lived in Garden Grove, California for a short time before he was transferred to Puerto Rico. She joined him shortly after her first child was born and lived in Puerto Rico for 18 months. She has lived the last 60 years in Liberty, Utah. She had six children in seven years and spent all her time raising her little family.
She was unable to go to college right out of high school but was able to go back and get her degree during her child raising years. She graduated from Weber State college with a degree in Psychology and a minor in English. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and later was able to get her master’s degree in education. She taught at Mount Ogden, the Learning Center, and at Washington (N.E.W. program). She then became assistant director in the Ogden City School District for the next four years. She was principal at Washington High School and at Horace Mann. Those that worked with her loved how she could meet the needs of difficult students and did it with “class”. They also said that she knew half of the people in Ogden, and she is related to the other half.
Margo loves the gospel of Jesus Christ and spent her life serving in many capacities. She loved serving in Relief Society, Young Womens, Primary, Sunday School and loved the people she served. She was able to serve two missions with her favorite companion. She served in the Calgary Canada Mission and as a temple missionary in the Nauvoo Temple. She also served as a temple ordinance worker in the Ogden Temple for nine years. She loved being a member of DUP and attending Camp Durfee in the valley for many years.
She had many medical trials in her life and met them head on with the attitude that, “This is not going to slow me down.” We have loved seeing the grit and determination she has and doing the best with what she was given.
Her family meant everything to her, and she knew each one by name and made sure each one received a card each year on their birthday.
Margo is survived by her six children and their spouses, Donene (Ryan) Jones, Carolyn (Kevin) Hogge, Frank (Paula) Shaw, Lynette (Craig) Oberg, Nancy (Jay) Shupe, and Valerie (Dave) Morby; 28 grandchildren, and 91 great grandchildren; her siblings, Jim (Janice) Marriott, John (Norma) Marriott, Susan McFarland, Richard (Lindy) Marriott, Bruce (Connie) Marriott, Janice Marriott, and Cheryl (Dave) Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Carlos Shaw; parents; her brother, Gilbert and his wife Kathleen; her sister-in-law, Colleen Marriott; her brother, Bill Marriott and his wife Marty; a brother-in-law, Mick McFarland; and a great-grandson, Kody Nielsen. Her reunion with them was met with lots of hugs and celebration.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Chapel, 4279 North 3300 East, Liberty, Utah. Friends may visit with family on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Liberty Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Firth, Applegate Hospice, and staff for their personal care of our mother.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the General Mission Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.