On June 5, 1948, Marie and Ivan Striblen were married in Fly, Nev. Ivan passed away in 2007. They have three surviving children, Bonnie Hedges (Bentley Hedges), Louis Striblen (Becky Striblen) and Danny Striblen (Verleen Striblen). Dennis Striblen who she has now joined, twin to Danny, died two days after birth.
Marie helped raise all of her 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren in one way or another, especially Chara Lee. She was loved by all of her nieces and nephews. She was known as Gran or Aunt Reedie to many people. Marie is also survived by her sisters, Lola, Verna, Bootsie (Del) and Sandie, and one brother, Tim Sheets (Stacey Sheets).
During World War II, Marie was a fork lift operator in Bremerton, Washington, where she received the medal of bravery for duty beyond the call. In 2009, she was presented the certificate of National Active Membership in the American Rosie the Riveter Association to recognize and preserve the legacy of working women during World War II.
Marie and her family moved from one of her favorite places, the farm in Wellington, Utah, to Moab in 1962. She helped manage The Moab Laundry for over 20 years. Marie was an avid outdoorswoman. She loved hunting, fishing, and an occasional gambling trip. Her favorite thing to do was go rock hunting.
Even though she was a rugged outdoor woman, she collected miniature tea sets. Marie was talented in so many ways; she made toy furniture, carved figurines and made the best popcorn balls. Even though her hands were rough from hard work, they were the most loving and healing hands you would ever meet.
She will be missed greatly by so many who loved her.
Memorial services were held at Sunset Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.