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Marilyn Omer (Gandre)

  Marilyn Omer "Marni" (Gandre) (1946 - 2018)

Grace Even In Adversity

Marilyn Gandre passed away peacefully on May 5, 2018. She had been able to share words of love and farewell with her family and those closest to her. Marilyn was born on February 3, 1946 to Wayne A. Omer and Melva T. Omer of Holladay, Utah, where she felt blessed to grow up so close to her beloved grandparents and other extended family members. She graduated from Olympus High School as State Sterling Scholar in Art and was Girl's Association President. Marilyn studied art at the University of Utah, during which time she met her sweetheart, Brent Gandre. They were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on March 21, 1966. Together they raised six daughters in the community of Granite in Sandy, Utah. They devoted their lives to their daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter. 

Marilyn is a gifted artist and a talented musician. She served as ward organist and accompanist for many years. She expressed her love of music through composition and teaching her grandchildren and others. Her career in artwork was extensive. She was a sought after fine portrait artist. Her talents also lead her to establish several award winning businesses. Many students were fortunate to receive her instruction in drawing and painting. She has a deep love of Christ and felt honored to work as a missionary assigned to paint murals for LDS temples throughout the world. Through her love of art she was able to form many lasting friendships that she cherished dearly. She will be greatly missed by the people who were touched by her kind heart, positive attitude, and pure love for others.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, M. Brent Gandre; daughters and sons-in-law; Michelle and Johnny Worthen, Tami and Kevin Kahle, Lisa and Eric Seely, Heather and Steve Pace, Nicole and Jason Kirchner, and Erika and Tom Campbell; 19 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. She is also survived by her six brothers and sisters-in-law; Kenneth and Audrey Omer, Robert and Deborah Omer, Gerald and Denise Omer, Bradley and Sharol Omer, Theodore and Donna Omer, and Mark and Julie Omer; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The viewing will be held Friday, May 11th, at Granite View Stake Center, 9880 S. 3100 East, Sandy, Utah 84092, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Memorial services will be held at the same location on Saturday May 12th, at 12 noon, with a viewing prior to the services from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Holladay Cemetery. Our family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the staff of Harmony Hospice for their professional and compassionate care. Thank you to all of those who have been so generous in sharing their love and support for dear Marni and our family.

Services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home 801-599-5220. Condolences may be made to the family at

Published in Deseret News on May 9, 2018

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05/11/18 07:57 AM #1    

Carol Gourley (Nielson)

I have wonderful memories of Marilyn! I’m grateful we’re were classmates at Olympus High School!

———Carol Gourley Nielson

05/12/18 10:14 AM #2    

Jan Bernards (Sisneros)

I too have nothing but respect and admiration for this beautiful and kind lady. Her many talents were evident as we worked together on church and school projects! What an honor to have rubbed shoulders with her💌

05/12/18 12:13 PM #3    

Kristie Tolman (Pitts)

I knew Marilyn well and admired her greatly.  When I moved to Holladay my Jr. Year of High School, she welcomed me into my new ward and became my friend.  She was such an amazing artist and musician and even as a teenager was such a lady.  Since she grew up with only younger brothers, I thought it was wonderful that she had six daughters.   Later when she had kids going to Brighton and I was teaching there, I ran into her several times and was happy to find out that she had created beautiful fairytale paper dolls that exhibited her wonderful artistic talent.  I was thrilled to acquire some for my daughter.  I am sad that she left us and her family too early and know that many will have been blessed by her talents and her sweet gracious personality.

08/25/18 03:24 PM #4    

Pam Smith (Nelson)

Oh such sn amazing,talented,beautiful friend...Marilyn .I always admired your goodness,art,sweet personality and to this day,at Christmas I display an old fashioned St. Nick that you painted..It was a special gift given to me years ago by a friend...I will continue that tradition with love in my heart for you♥️🍃🌺🌷🌿Lovingly,Pam Smith Nelson

08/27/18 11:27 PM #5    

Barbara Miller (Schneider)

Dear Marilyn.......The phrase "Do your personal BEST" exemplifies you perfectly.   I was blown away at your Memorial as accolades were expressed by family and friends..........compassionate wife and mother.....artist woman.......helpful and loving neighbor. did it all.  Your paintings displayed at your Memorial made me weep they were so beautiful!!!!!  Our friendship certainly goes way back to 9th grade at Olympus Jr.  ..remember..the 7UPS???...we cheered our teams to victory!!  I am honored to have known you...a gifted woman of high morals and integrity.....My love to you...Barb Schneider

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