Marva Belliston Olsen

9/5/29 ~ 6/6/18

OlsenMarvaCropMarva Belliston Olsen passed away in the early morning on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Spring City, Utah. It brings great comfort to know she is having a grand and joyous reunion with treasured family and friends once lost beyond the veil.

Marva was born on September 5, 1929 in Nephi, Utah, as the fourth of what would total six children to Alva Read Belliston and Harriett (Hattie) Broadhead Belliston. She was married to Jay Lawrence Olsen of Fountain Green, Utah on November 10, 1948, in the Manti LDS Temple. They had seven (7) children: Steven (Candy) Olsen, South Jordan, UT; David (Jackie) Olsen (predeceased), Margie (Rod) Ostler, Orem, UT; Laura (Jeff) Watson, Spring City, UT; Susan Olsen (predeceased), Connie (Wayne) Jarrett, Nephi, UT; and Allen (Brenda) Olsen, Fountain Green, UT. She has 26 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren,1 great-great-grandson.

Energy, sharp wit and humor, and a pure love of life and of people lit up the entire room anywhere Marva went. Ever loyal to the family’s sheep and farming business, she always made her love of lambs and sheep very apparent. And she didn’t just love collecting sheep-themed decor. She personally cared for countless baby lambs each spring that may not have otherwise survived – symbolic of the concern and sensitivity she showed when she knew of someone in need.

Faithfully, Marva spent her life serving her family and her community. Her family frequently looked forward to her signature spudnuts, raisin-filled cookies, and nut & raisin cake with caramel frosting for birthdays. She also “served” as the “family dentist,” pulling countless loose teeth for her children and grandchildren who often didn’t want anyone else to even try. She sacrificed most of her time for personal pursuits dedicated instead to various local ward and stake callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also served for close to 12 years with her husband Jay in callings at the Manti LDS Temple. Jay and Marva would have celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on November 10th of this year.

Marva is survived by siblings Ruth Howard and Joe (Norma) Belliston of St. George, UT. Predeceased siblings are Dee, Duane, and Kent Belliston. And brother-in-law Bill Howard.

Funeral services will be held in the LDS chapel located on 151 South 200 West, Fountain Green, UT at 11am on Monday June 11, 2018. Viewing: Sunday, June 10, 2018. 6-8pm and 9:00-10:30 am prior to services. Interment in the Fountain Green City Cemetery. Online condolence at

5 Responses to “Marva Belliston Olsen”

  1. I always loved our Olsen outings in the canyons. We have missed

    them over the years. Our dearest condolences to your family and

    Jay. Rest in peace Aunt Marva. Thanks for your love and care of

    Todd during his summers in Fountain Green.

    The Park (Water Hollow) holds a special place in our family’s

    heart. Love Larry and Donna

  2. Paul O Hansen says:

    There are so many memories that I have of Marva. She was like a second mother to my brother and I and our parents were very close friends. When I was eight years old I remember being a pallbearer when Marva lost a baby child. I always remembered her laugh and her kindness. She was my primary teacher. I remember that she took fingernail polish and painted a Band-Aid box and put the amount of type thing that I would owe. I used that box until well into my 20s. Jay and Marva are precious to our family and we are thankful to our Heavenly Father for our association with them. They along with their family are part of our lives and that is a great blessing to us.

  3. Earl & Leslie Clark says:

    Dear Laura and Family, I hope you will accept my sympathy at this tender time. You took such good care of your Mom. She was a wonderful person. Just wanted you to know I was thinking about you.
    Love, Leslie Clark

  4. Dawn Sterner says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Laura (and family).. it’s always such a special thing to be able to care for those we love so much. Our prayers and condolences are with you.

  5. Trent and Janell Martindale says:

    Dear Laura and Family, We want to tell you how sorry we were to hear of your mothers loss. She was such a great lady and Mother.You were so loving to her and the sacrafice of your time to be with her was such a great example. We Love you and want you to know we are thinking of you during this time.