In Memory

Marilee Rudd (McKenna)

Marilee Rudd (McKenna)



Marilee Rudd McKenna
(October 26, 1946 - November 2, 2010)

Born Oct 26, 1946 and passed away Nov 2, 2010 at home surrounded by loved ones, from cancer. She was the oldest of seven children born to Calvin Paul and LaVon Woods Rudd. She loved being the oldest take charge one. She graduated from Olympus High School and the Robert Steur College of Beauty. She thought she was the quiet, shy one but apparently that wasn’t so. She loved life and having adventures and loved people.

Marilee married Thomas L. McKenna on Oct 9, 1996. She was the lucky one to be chosen to be the mother to Beckie Lee Raemer (Steve), David C. Darby, Scott M. Darby, Jamison R.Darby (Jamie), and Randall T. Darby.

Grandchildren are Kade Byrd, Andrew and Gage Tims, Chase and Cohen Darby, William, Chloe and Callie Porter. Stepchildren, Brandy Ann Porter (Billy), Kate Ashley Lamb (Vance) and their families.

Survived by her siblings, Robert S. Rudd (Pam), Carolyn Creer, Rolayn Henderson (Al), Cyndi Gardner (Don), and Patricia Hodson (John).

Preceded in death by brother, Paul Woods Rudd, brother-in-law, Jim Creer, and son-in-law Ron Davis.

She is forever grateful to the incredible people in her life: friends, neighbors, and co-workers who have sustained and strengthened her. Love has been with her.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 8, 2010 at 12 Noon, at the Farm Hill Ward, 5235 South Wesley Road (1107 East), where she taught Sunday School and Relief Society.

Friends can visit with the family Sunday evening 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church Monday morning 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral.

Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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08/19/13 08:25 PM #1    

Kristie Tolman (Pitts)

Marilee was a dear friend, and I was so happy that we were able to connect a number of times through the years.  she was happy, and at times a little crazy, and fun and loyal, and I loved her dearly.  One of the best times I ever had at Lagoon was when Mariilee and I teamed up our sophomore year for Lagoon day.  I still have the picture we took of ourselves in the photo booth.  I miss her and know that she was a dedicated Mom, and a great friend.

Kristie Tolman Pitts

05/08/14 01:22 PM #2    

Krista Wilhelmsen

I remember Marilee as a beautiful, petite, pixie girl. Always smiling, a lovely person with good, positive energy.

05/09/14 11:36 AM #3    

Susan (Susie) Durham (Nielsen)

I remember Marilee from my childhood and then up through high school days at Olympus.  Marilee and I grew up around the corner from each other and I can see her now; pert, bouncy, full of life with shiny bright brown eyes.  I spent quite a bit of time in the Rudd home and was fascinated with all the activity.  Lots of kids running in and out.  I remember after we were married and running into Marilee at the ZCMI  make-up counter.  She had some real rocky times but always tried to be happy and positive!

06/22/14 12:16 AM #4    

Cherrill Neff (Oldroyd)

Marilee and I were destined to be 'best buddies' -  our mothers were best friends in high school and we share Neff pioneer grandparents.  We took long 'buggy' walks with our mothers as infants, competed for Queen of the 4th of July Lions parade (she won - I lost!), began our educational careers in Mrs. Nelsen's class at Sherman School,  enjoyed 3-day summer sleep-overs, survived Evergreen Junior High School and OHS hi-jinks.  We listened to the Beatles together, skied at Brighton, toilet-papered houses and chased boys.  We drifted apart after graduation, but reconnected periodically through the years.  We ran into each other at a Zumba class not long before her cancer diagnosis.  It was a fortuitous blessing that allowed us to rekindle our friendship, share our common faith in God and relish past experiences.   She was such a light in my life!

06/25/14 11:15 PM #5    

Joan Jackson (Kelly)

Marilee was one of my great friends.  She was fun and funny.  She was our social chairman - always ready for a party.  I remember making tacos at her house and toilet papering boys' houses.  She had the amazing ability to see the good in everything.

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