The family of Marie Jolley will celebrate her 80th birthday at an open house held in her honor Dec. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Providence 1st Ward Church, 420 W. 100 North, Providence. Please stop by and visit with Marie. Your presence is the best gift you could give.

Anna Marie Poulsen was born December 22, 1938 in Preston, Idaho to Harold Jens and Velma Christena Keller Poulsen. Marie is the oldest of five children. She has three sisters: Joyce, Alenda (both deceased)and Marla, in addition to one brother, Bart. In 1941, Marie’s family moved to Long Beach, California, where her father had accepted employment. In 1946, they moved back to Preston. She graduated from Preston High School in 1956 and moved to Salt Lake City, where she attended LDS Business College. After graduating, she worked as a secretary for the State Tax Commission at the Capitol Building.

She was introduced to Darwin Samuel Jolley from River Heights. He had just finished his military duty with the Army. Darwin swept her off her feet. After a short courtship, they were married July 8, 1961. After Darwin graduated from Utah State University in 1969, they moved to Providence, where they raised their five daughters.

Marie had her own food storage business, Jolley Enterprises, for many years. After selling the business, she became a travel agent and worked at Travel Time. Darwin and Marie served for many years at the baptistery in the Logan Temple. After they both retired, they served in the Ohio, Columbus Mission. They had 54 marvelous and wonderful years together until Darwin passed away from cancer on September 18, 2015.

Marie is the family history consultant for her ward. She spends time doing family history research and helping others research their family history.

Their family includes their five daughters: Loriann (Ed Peterson); Alenda (James Coburn); Sharla (Steven Ellis); Janet (Jason Reese); and Karin (Steve Libby); 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Marie’s family is the joy of her life!

Marie is very talented as a homemaker! She is a great cook and is famous for her bread and hot scones! Gingerbread houses at Christmas time have been a tradition in the family for 51 years. She has always taught her family that the secret ingredient she uses in everything is “love” and it is meant to be shared with others. Many items have left her kitchen to be shared with neighbors and friends.

Darwin and Marie are wonderful parents who taught their children by example to work hard, to love and serve others, and to be grateful for every blessing.

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