Jul 262013

Marian Fay Harris DeWitt, 77, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at her home in Holbrook with loved ones at her side. The public viewing and visitation will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (July 26) at the Holbrook Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 1127 Helen Ave. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, also at the Holbrook Stake Center, where additional visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
She was born in Winslow on Jan. 23, 1936, the eldest child of Ralph Marion Harris and Helen Fay Randall Harris. When she was just a toddler, she and her parents moved to Holbrook, where Marian spent the rest of her life. She dearly loved her hometown and the very special people and special friends from Holbrook. She always said, “Holbrook may not be the prettiest town, but it has the best people on earth.” She truly believed that.
Marian spent her childhood years attending Holbrook Public Schools and graduated from Holbrook High School in 1954. Some of her high school activities included Drum Corps (freshman through senior years), Sage Brush staff (junior and senior years) and editor (senior year), Girls State (senior year), class officer (freshman through senior years), band and choir (freshman through senior years), Carnival Queen (senior year), Music Club (junior and senior years) and class play (junior year).
As the years passed after graduation, she planned many, if not all, of their class reunions. It was always an absolute joy for her to reunite with her classmates and friends.
In the seventh grade she met and fell in love with the boy who would eventually become her eternal sweetheart, Keith DeWitt. From the seventh grade on, they only had eyes for each other!
After she graduated, she went to Arizona State College, which would later become Arizona State University. She went to college for one year and one semester, when Keith finally popped the question, and she said yes! They were married in the Mesa Temple on June 8, 1956. They had 57 years together being married, plus another six years prior to that as best friends and high school sweethearts, but more importantly, they will spend eternity together.
Marian was a lifelong member of the LDS Church with a fervent testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren who were able to serve missions for the church, including three grandsons who are currently serving, Elder Justin DeWitt (Kenya Nairobi Mission); Elder Luke DeWitt (Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission) and Elder Joel DeWitt (Brazil Teresina Mission). She served in various church callings including, Primary, Relief Society and Young Women; she also supported and sustained her husband, Keith, as he served as a bishop and stake president. Together, they were called to be in the first Temple Presidency of the Snowflake Temple, Keith as a second counselor and Marian as an assistant matron. They served in that capacity from 2002 to 2005. She loved attending and working in the temple, especially with her sweetheart.
Marian was affectionately known as “Mimi” to many friends and family members, but especially to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She absolutely loved being a grandmother and great grandmother! She would say, “The grands are grand, and the greats are greater.” Oh, how she will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her!
Marian’s family members include her loving husband of 57 years, Keith DeWitt; her sweet mother, Fay Harris Stratton; and her children, including her son, Michael Keith (Charlene) and their children, Tara Jo, Adam, Lindsey, Brett (deceased) and Logan; her son, Kevin Ralph (deceased) (Darolyn) and their children, Amy, Nichole, Blain, Kaycee and Laurel (deceased), Sean, Lisa, Luke and Joel; her son, Alan Reeves and his children Malea, Chelsea, Garrett and Kaitlyn; her daughter, Trenna Kay (Albert) and their children, Kaelynn and Landen; and her son, Scott Randall (Tracy) and their children, Kayla, Justin and Kortney. Her siblings are Kay Harris (deceased), Monty (Joy) Harris and Marjory (Dennis) Austin. Stepsiblings include Barbara Whipple (deceased), Shirley (Hartley) Webb, Dan (Iris) Stratton and Steve (Verlyn) Stratton. Her brother-in-law Merwin (Diana) DeWitt, sister-in-law Gayle Richards and brother-in-law Neil (Barbara) DeWitt, as well as 22 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Marion Harris; granddaughters Kaycee and Laurel DeWitt; son Kevin Ralph DeWitt; grandson, Brett Randall DeWitt; and sister Kay Harris. Also preceding her in death were her mother and father-in-law, Martha Turley DeWitt and Malcolm DeWitt, and sisters-in-law Betty Reed and Raenell Hager.
If any friends or family members desire to make a donation, the family asks that they do so in the name of Marian DeWitt to The White Mountain Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1975 in Lakeside, Ariz. 85929.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.DeWitt, Marian obit