Marva Lyman Bishop Jones 1936-2005
Marva Jones passed away peacefully in her sleep Sat. morning, December 17, 2005 with her husband by her side. She was born to Marvin J. Bishop and Ky Lyman Sept. 15, 1936 in Blanding Utah. Marva married her eternal friend Ray B. Jones Aug. 29, 1958.
Marva loved music and as a 17 year old she sang in the Tabernacle Choir at the Swiss Temple dedication. She also sang with the Bountiful Sweet Adeline's and was the president for several years. She graduated from South High School. She received degrees from the U of U in History and Choral Conducting. She was a very protective mother which led her to volunteer work with drug awareness. She battled against drug abuse and became president of the Federation for Drug Free Youth. She helped increase the attendance of Federation conferences from 250 to 14,000. Because of her exceptional talents as an organizer she directed and sat on many civic boards.
In 1963 she was involved in a terrible auto accident that severely broke her back and damaged her body. She was in constant pain for 42 years. Her back began to further deteriorate the last two years. She was bed-ridden the last 10 months of her life. In-spite of her pain, she was upbeat, thoughtful, caring and loved everyone she met. She especially enjoyed her crazy family, dogs and being at Lake Powell on her houseboat. Her main love was for her husband, children and grandchildren, equaled only by her love for the gospel. She felt her greatest church calling was serving a mission with her husband to Zimbabwe, Africa. Marva's mission highlight was to organize and direct the Church Choir for the Prophet's visit.
Marva is survived by; her loving husband Raybaby, children; Rhett (Jonzy), Brandt and Julie, Dane and Rachel, Shawn and Art Davis, Trent and Chris, Cori and Steve Byers, 15 grandchildren, her mother, seven brothers and two sisters.
Services will be held Friday, Dec. 23rd at the Bountiful 20th Ward, 1400 S 100 E, Bountiful, Friends are invited between 3 pm-6 pm, with a Memorial from 4 pm-5 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to the LDS Church's Perpetual Education Fund.
With our loss we are now "Marvaless."
"Families are forever if you mind your Mommy."