MARSHA LYNN ANDREWS - January 6, 1952- November 4, 2022
Marsha Lynn Andrews passed away in Ogden after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Ogden to her parents Gordon and Shirley Andrews on January 6th, 1952. She was the youngest of three girls, her sisters LaRaine and Eileen welcomed their “little marshmallow” with bright red hair, an indication of things to come.
Marsha was very feisty when she lived in the old Verdeland Park in Layton. She held her own and was very curious and fearless when playing in the gulley close by. She played with frogs, climbed trees, and collected rocks and marbles.
Marsha lived in several different places and made friends everywhere. She loved spending time with her Grandma especially on the days when homemade cinnamon rolls were made. Marsha learned how to bake at an early age and made the best cookies, zucchini bread and other treats the rest of her life. She shared it all with friends, family, and co-workers.
Marsha loved listening to her dad sing opera and play his harmonica. She enjoyed reading her Mother’s poetry and read them often. Although Marsha was not a trouble maker, she was often in the wrong place at the wrong time. She became street smart and a survivor of many obstacles.
Marsha gave birth to her oldest son Chad in 1967, followed by her second son Travis in 1970.
After she married Ping Leo, along came Shelby in 1973, and Trenton in 1976. Marsha did a fantastic job raising four boys and did it mostly on her own.
Marsha was a self taught artist and craft maker. She did it all, macrame, beads, feathers, leather, dream catchers, necklaces, and painting ceramics. She made ordinary things into something extraordinary. After moving to California for a short time, she relocated back to Ogden to help care for her parents, and two of her Granddaughters when they were young.
Marsha worked in several different places including a family owned Chinese Restaurant, Deli’s, a shoe shop on Washington Boulevard, Grocery Stores, Hill Air Force Base, and a couple hotels. She was introduced to Charlie Garcia in 1996 by her son Chad, a friendship that lasted 26 years. They became Domestic Partners in 2003. After moving to Layton she worked as the Head Housekeeper at The Comfort Inn. She retired after 18 years in 2015.
Most weekends were spent camping out, hiking mountain trails, fishing and enjoying the great outdoors, backyard family BBQ’s and unwinding in the Little House. She could sing along with her favorite oldies, especially Janis Joplin. Don’t forget Led Zeppelin's Jon Bonam on the drums performing “Moby Dick”. She enjoyed life to the fullest gathering the family for visit, birthdays, and Christmas. Marsha was a happy person with a special laugh so fun to hear.
Marsha was an excellent cook, she always made good old fashion homemade meals, never wasting food, living on left overs and making ends meet. She loved all animals, especially her dogs ole Rudy and little Zoey.
Marsha was preceded in death by both her parents and her two oldest son’s Chad and Travis.
She is survived by her sister LaRaine (Jim) McMickell, sister Eileen Hooks (Jim) deceased; her sons: Shelby Leo, and Trenton Leo (Kristie) and Charlie Garcia (Partner). She is also survived by 12 Grandchildren: Lacey Nicole Johnson, Chantel Jarrett, Justin Clark Andrews, Gabrielle Lynn Leo, Isabella Leo, Elizabeth Abigail Leo, Jethro Jack Leo, Madelyn Ash Leo-Tipton, Sunnie Ray Jones, Meadow Skye Leo, Waylon Coval Jones, Briggs Leo, and 2 Great-Grandsons, Julian James Johnson and Logen Shane Johnson. Marsha is also survived by her beloved dog, Zoey.
The family would like to give a warm thank you to Dr. Jason Stinnett and all of his staff at Utah Cancer Specialists, along with a thank you to the entire care team with Rocky Mountain Hospice, including Marty Smith, RN. They did a fantastic job taking care of Marsha and made her final journey filled with dignity and respect. A special thanks to Shelby for providing his Mom with a comfortable and safe environment during her last days. Cremation was entrusted to Aarons Mortuary.
A Graveside Service will be held at the Roy City Cemetery on the 16th of November, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a celebration of her life from 4-8 p.m. at the Grand Victorian located at 2767 W. Gentile Street, Layton, UT.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to any cancer charity of your choice.