Marilyn Goodrich Obituary (1932-2021) – Bountiful, UT

Marilyn Louise Beesley Goodrich


Bountiful, UT – Marilyn Louise Beesley Goodrich peacefully left this life on Monday November 29, 2021 surrounded by her 69-year-old husband Glenn Goodrich, sister Sherry Terry, and their twelve children.

Born on November 4, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Marilyn was the first of five children of Horace Pratt Beesley and Mary Roslyn Brazier. In 1938 they moved from Salt Lake to Bountiful, where Marilyn attended Stoker School, South Davis Junior High, and Davis High School, graduating top of the class in 1950.

As a teenager she met Glenn Goodrich von Vernal, her future husband and the love of her life. She was impressed by his mother, Violet Mary Starkie Goodrich, the lovable mother of twelve, and tried to shape her life according to hers. Glenn made a date and waited while serving on a mission in Texas-Louisiana, guessing all 235 letters he sent her. They were married on November 12, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple of Elder Mark E. Petersen. Marilyn was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for 62 years.

Marilyn and Glenn moved to San Francisco, where he was posted in the Army during the Korean War. Their first two daughters were born there. After returning to Utah, they added ten more children to the family.

As a mother of twelve and a dedicated volunteer in Latter-day Saint Church of Jesus Christ, a teacher, officer, ordination officer, and organist at Bountiful Temple, Marilyn “lived a perfect life,” as she put it, husband. With Glenn she served missions for the Church in Tanzania and Mongolia.

Marilyn’s many talents have enriched the lives of thousands. With her love for music, she taught countless piano students at the Progressive School of Music and in her home. She also taught natural childbirth to many young mothers. Amazingly, she always remembered and honored the birthdays of hundreds of family members and friends. As the mom and grandmother of so many, she still showered every child with love and handmade gifts.

Most of her life was shaped by her prayers to Heavenly Father, whom she trusted fully and whom she loved her Savior and His Church as a true example of charity, patience, and kind words.

After the death of her parents and sisters Janice Hartvigsen (Jay) and Carol Moon (Brent), Marilyn leaves behind her husband, her sister Sherry Terry (Verlan), her brother Brent Beesley (Bonnie), her brother-in-law Brent Moon (Val), sister-in-law Marquita Gerber (Ron); and children Roselyn Jones (Rick), Valerie England (Breck), Jeffery Goodrich (Joan), Wendy McKenna (Richard), Gary Goodrich (Valerie), Laurie Ausseresses (Alex), Randy Goodrich (Kathy), Mary Riggs (Lane), Marcie Hansen (Bradley), Melanie Wilkes (Bradley), Becky Eriksson (Daniel) and Sharon Hale (Matthew); and more than a hundred grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will take place on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Bountiful 9th ​​Ward Chapel, 585 East Center Street, Bountiful, Utah. Viewing takes place on Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, Utah and on Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the church prior to the service.

The services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and this obituary page.

Funeral – Generous city cemetery. Online guest book at

Instead of flowers, Marilyn asked for donations to humanitarian organizations.

Published by Deseret News December 1-2, 2021.

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