Maurine passed away Friday evening, July 7th, 2023 at the age of 92. After a long and difficult struggle with dementia, she passed peacefully in her sleep at her home of more than 50 years in Bountiful, UT, where she was most comfortable.
Maurine was born October 25, 1930 in Malad City, ID, the middle of Matthew F and Louise Young Perry Bird's 9 children. She grew up on the Bird family farm in Arbon Valley, ID just after the Great Depression and was greatly influenced by her family that had very little, used all, and
As the children got older, they moved to Holbrook ID, and later Logan UT to attend school. In the summer they returned to work on the farm. Farm life and hard working parents taught her a strong work ethic, and a devotion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which she tried to train into own children.
She attended two years of college at Utah State Agricultural College, now USU, where she met Stephen Baird Douglas. While they were engaged, Steve decided to enlist in the Air Force. They were married on December 27th, 1950 in the Logan, Utah temple between basic training
and his training to become a radar mechanic in Biloxi, MS. Maurine went to live with Steve's mother, Hazelle Macquin (known to her family as Mimi). As a nursing instructor and later Dean of Nursing at the University of Utah, Mimi encouraged Maurine to go into nursing and helped her enroll in the Practical Nursing class at Salt Lake Vocational School. She finished her training as a Licensed Practical Nurse in March 1952 and took a job at St. Mary's Hospital after moving down to Roswell, NM.
While Steve was in the Air Force, they lived in Biloxi, MS and Tacoma, WA. They then lived in Logan, UT for Steve to finish college at USU in Electrical Engineering. Finally, they settled in Bountiful, UT where they raised their four children, Bob, Pat, Janice, and Charlene.
Maurine's priorities, loves, and passions were family and church. Maurine also had a passion for doing genealogy work and temple work to honor her heritage and ancestors. Family vacations were spent visiting family, camping, or fishing. Later Maurine would accompany Steve on his many trips to photograph rock art.
Maurine served tirelessly and faithfully in numerous church callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Primary and Relief Society. One of her most loved callings was serving as a temple worker. She would never decline a calling and always did it to the best of
her ability. The relationships she made with those she served with in her callings were very important to her.
Maurine is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Stephen Baird Douglas. She is survived by her children, Bob (Cindy) Douglas, Pat (Fred) Albert, Janice (Mark) Jensen, Charlene (Darrel) Jensen, as well as 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, neighbors, friends and devoted caregivers who have contributed to making the last years of her life comfortable.
A funeral service will be held July 15, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bountiful 9th Ward Building, 585 East Center Street. A viewing for ward members and friends will be held at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. Friday, July 14, 2023 from 6-8pm and Saturday from 9:30-10:00am prior to the service.