Marlene Sabey Dearden passed away on September 28th, 2023, in Henefer, Utah, at her home from causes incident to age. She was born in American Fork, Utah, on May 8th, 1934, to Charles Roland and Zelda Ruby Steele Sabey. The early years of Marlene’s life were spent in Nevada where her father was employed. They later moved next door to her beloved grandmother Maggie Mae, in American Fork, during her 5th grade year. Marlene graduated from American Fork High School in 1952. Following her graduation, she moved to Salt Lake City and eventually resided in the Beehive House. While in Salt Lake, she attended beauty school and became a licensed beautician. She met Val James Dearden in January 1956, and they were married on September 7th of that year in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they had four children who they raised in Henefer, Utah.
Once married, Marlene’s highest priority was being a wife, mother, and homemaker. She always kept a clean and orderly home and, after Val’s cooking lessons, became a great cook. Her Sunday roast was a family favorite for generations. She was also a great support to her husband in his work activities and continued to share her beautician skills, mostly with family. Marlene loved visiting and being with family and friends, embroidery, listening to music and reading in her spare time.
Marlene was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings through the years. Her service in the Ogden LDS Temple as an ordinance worker for eleven years was a capstone of her church service. This service with her husband Val was a great joy in their lives. Marlene had a firm testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. She was a dedicated and wonderful wife, mother and grandmother whose greatest joy was found in serving and supporting her loved ones and friends.
Marlene is survived by her children Lynn V. (Natalie), Roland Kevin (Suzanne), Valarie (Kevin) Beenfield, and Lori Ann (Robert) Gibbs, 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law David Kenneth (Joan) Dearden and sister-in-law Marion G. Dearden. She was preceded in death by her husband Val, her parents, her sister Joy Rae Bowman, brothers-in-law James Melvin Bowman and Melvin O. Dearden and a granddaughter, Amy Nate’ Dearden.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Intermountain Hospice team with a special thanks extended to her nurse, Audrey Stembridge. The family would also like to thank the Henefer 1st Ward Relief Society for their compassionate service.
A viewing will be held on Friday, October 6th, at the Henefer Ward LDS chapel from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 7th, at 11 a.m. at the Henefer Ward LDS chapel with a viewing prior to the service from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Condolences may be shared online at walker-mortuary.com.