Mary Lee Richmond, Martin, Olander graduated to her next adventure on Saturday January 28th, 2023.
Mary Lee was a vibrant person who broke some rules for all the right reasons; people, love, and joy. Mary Lee was a connector of people. She loved animals and people, giving all she was to see that people and animals alike were loved, fed, and homed. She was a selfless mother of four, and less formally countless others. Often finding people in need and helping everywhere in the world, she found herself.
She deeply loved and cared for her extended family, providing opportunities for the family to deeply connect. Mary Lee’s selfless nature cannot be understated; her simple and direct love and care for all was profound and an example for us all.
Mary Lee grew up in Salt Lake City attending Highland High School and the University of Utah (go Utes). She was on the debate team at Highland High School and lettered there in debate. She volunteered at LDS Hospital, was also a volunteer for Hogle Zoo in the 1980’s, and spent time volunteering at the Salt Lake Temple, and Jordan River Temple.
Mary Lee often took her love of animals to schools to invite children to learn about all kinds of beloved creatures, as she loved them all. She passed up a full ride scholarship with the U of U to be a mother and a wife. She honored that sacrifice by raising four amazing people.
She was dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and her lifelong membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She made people laugh. Her openness was a welcoming nature, radiant, and infections. She was a soul that people were drawn to like an immense gravity.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren whose photos and stories she often shared with prospective friends everywhere: Jeff Martin (eldest son and his wife Heidi, Jeff’s daughter McCall and her wife Carley, Heidi’s children Michael(Katelyn), Alec(Taylor), Dylan(Kali), and Madeline), Cindy Martin (eldest daughter along with Mary Lee’s granddaughter Samantha) , Kim Martin (daughter and her husband Craig along with Mary Lee’s granddaughter Tia and husband James), and Justin Martin (Son, along with his wife Dolores, and two of Mary Lee’s grandchildren Liam and Tinley), and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Mary Lee is spiritually reunited with those who passed before her including her loving mother, Eleanore Anna Johnson, and father Walter William Richmond, grandson Brock Johnson Martin, husband Fran Olander., family, friends, strangers, and numerous animals and people she nurtured.
Friends (and strangers she would love to have met) can visit with Mary Lee’s family at the Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E., Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 9:45- 10:45 am with funeral services at 11:00am. Burial will be at Bountiful Cemetery
Services will be live streamed and may be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of Mary Lee's obituary page.
Dress comfortably with a splash of orange if you have it. She loved orange and bright vibrant colors which radiated the love she expressed.
In Mary Lee’s memory to children and animals, donations may be made to children @ https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/give/119312/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=lttr-home-donate, and to animals @ Community Animal Welfare Society: CAWShttps://caws.org. or any charity that seeks to spread those is need.