Marva Heal

Marva Heal (Crosby)

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Our loving mother, grandmother, sister, friend and wife, Marva Crosby Heal passed away peacefully on July 7, 2020 at Summerfield Retirement Assisted Living Center in Orem, UT. Marva was born December 29, 1929 in Delta, UT to Stephen Abbott and Mina Wright Crosby. She started her education in Delta, continued it in American Fork, then in her sophomore year her family moved to Spanish Fork where she graduated from high school. Marva attended Provo Beauty College and graduate in 1949 as a license beautician.

Marva met her life-long sweetheart James Milton Heal on a blind date after he returned home from World War II where he served in the Navy. They were married on January 26, 1951in Spanish Fork, UT. Marva was sealed to James on March 6, 2010 in the Mount Timpanogos Temple.

Mom will be greatly missed by her five children Michael (Jeri) Heal, Debbie (Brent) Miner, Steven (Kelly) Heal, Pam (Gary) Thacker, and Bradley (Marianne) Heal. She has 18 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren. She also has one surviving sister, Gwen (Dale) Pierce who will also greatly miss her. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Floyd, Ralph, LaDon and Spencer, plus her sister Noreen and a great grandson Cooper.

Mom stayed at home and raised her family before she started her working career. She worked for Arctic Circle for five years, then she and her sister Gwen opened Brides World in 1979. Mom loved to work in her yard, especially in her rose garden. She and James spent many winters in Arizona, square dancing and making Kachina dolls before James passed away in 2009. Her greatest joy these past several years was “watergation” with her great grandchildren. Mom loved to crochet, and she made over 300 afghan blankets for her family and friends.

The family will be holding a graveside service for Marva on Monday, July 13th at the Orem City
Cemetery for family members only. They will also be holding a family viewing on Sunday, July 12t h at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, Orem. The family would like to thank Summerfield Retirement staff and administrators for their love and kindness they showed toward Mom, especially her nurses, Gwen, and Nate.

Condolences may be offered to the family and a live broadcast of services may be watched Monday, 11:00
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    Monday, July 13th, 2020 |
    Monday, July 13th, 2020
    Orem City Cemetery
    1520 North 800 East
    Orem, Utah 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A webcast of the graveside service will be available on the Webcast page of this website on Monday, July 13, 2020.


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Elaine Wood

Posted at 05:34pm
To the Heal Family: We send our condolences to you on the passing of your sweet mother Marva. We wanted to send a card, but couldn't find addresses for Pam or Debbie. We loved being in the same ward for years with Marva and Jim. They were very special people. Marva always stopped to talk to us when we saw her in church, and we loved seeing those cute little curly-headed great grandchildren of theirs in the row in front of us until they moved away. It was fun to know of our connection with Pam through our daughter Missy, the swim coach and our Miner connection with Brent and Debbie. One year when we had a budget fund raiser and made a ward quilt to be raffled off, I remember thinking it couldn't have gone to a better family than Marva's. We really enjoyed the online broadcast of the graveside service for your mother. It was fun to hear the family stories and the bushels of love poured out by your mother. You all have such wonderful memories of your mother, grandmother and great grandchildren all down the line. Our love to you all, Bud & Elaine Wood

Judy Gann

Posted at 09:22am
Sending love from the Gordon and Maxine Allred family. We have many fond memories of happy gatherings with your family. Your mother and father were always so kind and loving to us. Our lives are blessed and enriched because of our association with all of you! May you feel peace and our Father in Heaven’s love for each of you today and in the days ahead.

Nan Nell Robison

Posted at 09:03pm
when Kent and I opened Arctic Circle in Orem the first person we hired was a girl named Debbie Heal. That was the start of the Heal and Robison relationship. Marve came and wanted a job for us. The best thing that ever happened to us was this family. First Debbie then Marva Pam Steve and Brad. Marva was the sweetest, kindest and hard working person ever. I really don't know how we would have survived those years without her and her family. Marva would come back every week one day a week to eat there. Marve we love you and grateful to you and all your support over the years. We will always have many memories of you and your family and Arctic Circle.Love to all of you. Nan Nell, Kelli, Brandi, Landon. Bryan. We know Kent would be grateful to you too if he were here. Love you Marva.

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