Home: Salt Lake City, Utah
Death Date: December 31, 2016
Birthdate: January 23, 1942
Place Of Birth: Montpelier, Idaho
Service Information: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 6:00 PM
Service Location: Starks Funeral Parlor 3651 South 900 East Salt Lake City UT
STECK, Mary Joanne Koeven, age 74, of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away December 31, 2016. She was born in Montpelier, Idaho, on January 23, 1942, to Rachel Hannah Kunz and Isaac Koeven, and raised in Logan, Utah, until age 14 when her mother passed away.
She went to live with her sister, Sheila, in Southern California, where she graduated from California High School in Whittier. She retired from Bank of America and the State of Utah.
Mary married at 21 and divorced 10 years later - she was a strong, beautiful single mother. Mary's accomplishments were many: She was an extremely talented artist, a beloved mother, aunt, grandmother, church leader and friend who loved to visit with people. She enjoyed music, but books were her life. She also loved writing and illustrating children's books.
A lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mary was passionate about her callings - especially as the Relief Society president and as a visiting teaching coordinator. From a young age, she had an af nity for the elderly and loved taking them under her wing and serving them.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Rachel; two beloved sisters, Kaye Boehme and Theone Miles; and three brothers, Amos, Phillip and Joseph Koeven. She is survived by her sister, Sheila Meservy; daughter, Stacy Steck (Nathan Olson); son, Ethan Steck (Erin); and adopted daughter, Maurine Lee - her caregiver for the past 3 years.
Mary has six beloved grandchildren: Jennifer Merkley (adopted); Claire Halperin; Cameron, Gavin and Jonah Steck; and Berkley Steck. She has countless nieces, nephews and cousins - and adores them all. Mary was passionate about family and family history. Because of her, family reunions are held every year, and future generations will remember the stories she told.
The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6-8 PM, Wednesday, January 4 at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East. Please use the complimentary valet service provided on the north side of the Parlor. A second visitation will be held from 10-11 AM on January 5 prior to the funeral at 11 AM at the LDS Nibley Park building (formerly the Fairmont Building) at 2465 South 800 East. Bishop Randy Hunter will of ciate. Burial will take place in Logan City Cemetery near her beloved mother. There will be a graveside service in Logan after the funeral.
In honor of Mary, please read a good book.