Mavis (Ware) Buchanan

October 15, 1924 ~ September 2, 2021 (age 96)


Mavis Buchanan
Monroe, Utah

Mavis Ware Buchanan was born on October 15, 1924 in Monroe, Utah to Samuel Russel and Della May Parsons Ware. She died on September 2, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. Mavis had three brothers: Lowell, Vahl, Samuel; and two sisters: Glenna and Dona Janine. Her father was a dairy farmer. She wasn’t allowed to help on the farm but kept busy helping her mother and learning the skills of homemaking and gardening. Mavis was a skilled seamstress, quilter, knitter, painter, cook/baker, organizer, loved to do counted cross stitch, and often had a puzzle to work on or a book that she was reading. She also was a prolific writer. 

Mavis loved music and had an excellent alto voice. When she lost her hearing 20 years ago, she missed her music. She kept up with technology and was skilled on the computer.

Mavis married her Navy sweetheart, Dohn R Buchanan in the Manti Temple on April 14, 1944. They had three children: Joyce, Shauna and Robert. Her greatest love was her family and her ancestors. Mavis and Dohn served a mission for 2 years in the Mesa Family History Center. He preceded her in death on January 5, 2016.

She was also active in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization for over 50 years. Mavis served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as teacher and leader.

Mavis is survived by her children: Joyce Howe (David), Shauna Bunker, and Robert Buchanan. She has 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Sam Ware. Her family and friends will miss her.

Also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lowell and Vahl; infant sisters: Glenna and Dona Janine; son-in-law, Edward Bunker.

The family would like to extend their love and heartfelt thanks to her care givers, Kim and Marilyn Willis at Heartprints Elderly Care for their loving kindness to our mother and father for the past 7 years. 

A family service will be held Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Bunker Family Funeral Home, University Chapel in Mesa, Arizona.  Visitation will be held at Bunker Family Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. following the family service. Interment will be Saturday, September 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood, Utah. Arrangements are under the care of Bunker Family Funeral Home in Mesa and Magleby  Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti, Utah. Online guestbook at

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Graveside Service
September 11, 2021

10:00 AM
Glenwood Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Glenwood, Utah 84730

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