Marian Petersen Guiver
1933 ~ 2017

Marian Petersen Guiver, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on June 5, 2017. She was born on July 21, 1933 in a small, yellow, one bedroom, frame house in Venice, CA to Edith and Lew Petersen. She took immense pleasure in her “native Californian” status. Her favorite childhood activities included going to the fun house at the pier, playing dress-up and putting on plays. She loved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Shirley Temple and pretty clothes (of which she had plenty, courtesy of adoring aunts) Many of her summers were happily spent in Cache Valley, Utah, playing with friends and splashing around in the Hyrum Dam.

Marian was active in theater at Venice High School and Brigham Young University. It was at Venice High that she met Lynn Guiver and began a courtship that led to marriage on December 16, 1953 in the LDS Manti Temple. She never quite got over the fact that after the ceremony her parents headed back to California with her suitcase, filled with her lovely, and lovingly packed, honeymoon wardrobe in the trunk of their car. (Did we mention she liked pretty clothes?)

Marian held various jobs throughout her lifetime, beginning with the phone company while Lynn was in the Air Force, serving in the Philippines, and ending, like any true die-hard Southern Californian, at Disneyland. She was a recognized expert in the doll collecting world and spoke at national conventions during the late 60’s and 70’s. Her knowledge was deep and extensive, but she especially enjoyed all things Shirley Temple (mentioned Shirley earlier didn’t we?), Disney (Snow White, right?) and the Dionne Quintuplets (google it.) During the 1980’s, she and Lynn were founding members of the National Fantasy Fan Club, one of the first national organizations dedicated to celebrating and collecting Disney history, artifacts, and memorabilia. She served as its first president and hosted many of the most notable Walt Disney Co Imagineers, artists and performers. (Yes, she really, REALLY loved Disney)

She moved to Highland, Utah in 1997 to be near children and grandchildren. She enjoyed participating in activities with Daughters of Utah Pioneers and joyously travelled to every possible family reunion; sharing the fun by finagling rides from her children. She tried to attend all her grandchildren’s concerts, plays, and competitions and was always unabashedly biased that THEY were “the best.”

Marian had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel and served in many callings within the LDS church. She would bravely backpack into the wilds of the Sierra Mountains for a week with the Young Women, where the girls fondly recounted how Sister Guiver would melt snow to wash her hair. (Camping clothes may not be pretty, but we can still have pretty hair, right?) Most recently she had loved working in the Youth Center at the Mount Timpanogos Temple.

Marian’s husband, Lynn, her parents, her brother Howard, and her sweet granddaughter, Shannon, preceded her in death. She is survived by three children: Lori Guiver, Susan “DeeDee” (and Jeff) Perkins, and Daryl (and Jennifer) Guiver, as well as seven grandchildren: Sean (and Natalie) Perkins, Cooper and Brett Howell, and Kaitlyn, Dallin, Maddie and Rily Guiver. She loved her great granddaughter, Allison, and was excited to have a great grandson on the way.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Highland 18th LDS Ward Chapel, 4679 West 11000 North, Highland, Utah. Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the church prior to services. Interment will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, California. (Please arrive 30 minutes early to check in at the gate.)

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