Jul 062012

Marjory Thelma Kuehner Flake passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012, her 94th birthday, in Snowflake. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (July 6) at Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel in Snowflake. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Snowflake Stake Center, located at Ninth South Second West, with additional visitation one hour before. She will be laid to rest at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Cemetery in Snowflake.

She was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, on July 2, 1918, the first of three children born to George Kuehner and Mary Beatrice Willis Kuehner; her siblings were Lyla and Donald.

Her family moved to Kitchener, Ontario, when she was a small girl and she spent her childhood there. Marjory, her sister, and her mother were converted to the LDS church in 1931. She finished high school and worked at the Arrow Shirt factory in Kitchener.

Marjory met her future husband, Fost Wilson Flake, in 1937, when Fost was serving as an LDS missionary in Marjory’s town. A friendship blossomed between them, and Elder Flake convinced Marjory to serve a church mission as well. She served a mission in California from 1939-1941. Marjory agreed to make a visit to Fost’s home in Snowflake en route back to Ontario. The detour turned into a permanent reroute when Fost and Marjory decided to go to the Salt Lake City LDS Temple in Utah to be married on Aug. 29, 1941. Fost and Marjory celebrated 56 years of marriage in 1997 just prior to his passing on Aug. 31, 1997.

She lived briefly in Flagstaff and Whiteriver, but her adult home was always Snowflake. Marjory stayed at her father-in-law’s home during her husband’s World War II naval service. She and Fost moved to a home south of Snowflake near Silver Creek in 1945. This was their home until 1988, when they built a home a quarter-mile away.

The family worked together in ranching and farming. Marjory worked as a homemaker and partner to her husband for their whole married life, serving for 36 years as co-owner and manager of Snowflake Meat Packing Company.

Marjory and Fost served in the Leeds, England, Mission for the LDS church from 1978-80. They also served in the Mesa Temple for many years. Marjory was an active member of the LDS church. She served in many teaching positions, music and leadership areas.

Nine children were born to Fost and Marjory, including Jordan Dee (Jean), Marie Welch (Jack), Barry (Vernell), Lon James (deceased), Joy (deceased), Karen Packard (Bruce), Gaylan (Donna), Bonna Smith (Bill) and Rand (Dona). She is survived also by 34 grandchildren and 92 great-grandchildren.