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Mardene Godfrey Dalton, 91, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend passed away in Payson, Utah on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Mardene was born in Logan, Utah on July 18, 1929. She was the first child born to Ervil and Sarah Myler Godfrey. She was raised in the small farming community of Clarkston with her siblings: Lloyd, Joe and Sharron, surrounded by her grandparents and great grandparents.
Mardene attended Utah State University where she graduated and received her teaching degree in Home Economics Education. She taught English and Home Economics at Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah for 3 years. She saved all her money to support herself on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was called to the Northwestern States Mission where her grandparents were already serving. It was on her mission that she met her future husband, Keith Dahlmayne Dalton, from Circleville, Utah. He proposed to her on their first date and they were married on March 24, 1956. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this year. Mardene and Keith moved to Columbus, Georgia to fulfill Keith’s commitment to the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning. It was here that they welcomed their first child, Julie. They lived in Georgia until March of 1958 when they returned to Circleville, Utah to raise their family.
Mardene was an excellent homemaker. She was known for her skills as a seamstress, cook, and gardener. Her homemade rolls, sweet rolls, bread, pies, pickled beets, sweet pickles and home grown carrots were coveted among her family.
Mardene and her husband served for eight years in the St. George temple, and later served a second mission as temple workers at the Atlanta, Georgia temple. To the very end of her life Mardene’s complete devotion was to God, her husband and her eight children. Proverbs 31:10-31 is an accurate description of our dear beloved mother, Mardene.
Mardene is survived by her husband Keith and her children: Julie (Michael) Willis, Lisa (Alan) Millett, Kendall (Robin) Dalton, Tonya (Donald) Brugger, Kris (Brent) Hale, Dahl (Melanie) Dalton, Wade (Cindy) Dalton; 34 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, soon to be 41; her brother, Joe Godfrey; and sister, Sharron Bodily. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ervil and Sarah; brother, Lloyd; and infant sister, Mathell; her infant son, David; her grandson, Jonathan Hale; and her great-grandchildren: Austin and Daniel Zollinger, Jordan and Shelly Bohman, and Brody and Caitlin Gifford.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:00 Noon in the Circleville Ward Chapel. Burial will be in the Circleville Cemetery. Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Mardene's obituary. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Starts at 12:00pm (Mountain time)
Circleville Ward Chapel
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