Mary Jane Williams Peden
Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, Mary Jane Williams Peden, 90, passed away August 3rd, 2010, at her home. She was born January 23rd, 1920, in Malad, the third child of 10 children born to John H. and Eleanor Williams.
Mary attended school in Malad and graduated from Malad High School. She was active in sports and shared fond memories of her participation as a member of the Girls’ Basketball Team. She also had precious memories of her life with her siblings on the family ranch in Daniels. After graduation Mary attended Idaho State University. Shortly after, Mary married H. Vinton Peden, in Malad, on October 27th, 1941. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple. They were married for 53 years before Vee passed away June 21, 1994.
In their early marriage, Mary and Vee traveled to various parts of the US while Vee worked for A T & T building telephone lines. They later settled in Malad where they raised their six daughters. Mary and Vee were co-owners of the Malad Heating & Appliance Store for several years. Mary worked as the store’s bookkeeper. Mary and Vee were proud to be partners with a group of Malad residents in organizing and running the Malad Bowl.
Mary enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved her relationship with her sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Some of her most cherished moments were watching her grandchildren participate in sports and challenging them to a pinochle card game.
Mary loved gardening. Her yard was always filled with beautiful rose bushes she tenderly cared for. She enjoyed crocheting and made sure every grandchild and great-grandchild had a personally hand-made blanket. Mary loved to cook. Her family cherished her special recipes.
Mary was a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was a great supporter of her many grandsons who served missions.
Mary is survived by her three sisters, Eleanor Redington of Pocatello, Eddis Wright of Salt Lake, and Bonnie Davis of Malad; three brothers Dean Williams of Pocatello, Dale Williams of Salt Lake, and Farrel Williams of Tremonton; daughters Mary Louise (Dave) Haskett of West Linn, Linda Wilberg of Orem, Ellie (Mike) Bryant of Baltimore, Donna (Kelly) Edwards of Lehi, Rhonda (Kirk) Allen of Chicago, and Lee (Kim) Hess of Malad. She is survived by 28 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
The Peden Family would like to express a heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Stephen Johnson for his compassionate care of their dear Mother over the past several years.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 7th, at the Malad 3rd Ward Church at 12:00 PM under the direction of Horsley Funeral Home. Friends and relatives may visit with the family Friday evening at the Horsley Funeral Home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday prior to the service. Interment will be at the Malad City Cemetery.