Thursday, October 15, 2020

Marna Ruth Maynes McGee 1931-2020




BRIGHAM CITY - Marna Maynes McGee, 89, passed away on October 14, 2020 at the home of her daughter Heidi in Ogden Utah. Marna (nee Marna Ruth Maynes) was born in Butlerville, UT on September 1, 1931 to John Alexander Maynes III and Sarah Louretta Despain. She was the 9th of 10 children and the first daughter which was excitedly announced by the Doctor.

She married Lloyd Ross McGee on January 17, 1952 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They shared almost 65 years together. Lloyd and Marna moved their young family to Wilmington, Delaware for three years, then returned to Utah in 1959.

Marna was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and faithfully served in many callings. She served a temple mission at the St. Louis temple, a Senior Couple mission to Brattleboro Vermont in the Boston, Massachusetts Mission. She served in Primary, Young Women and Relief Society, and served for 20 years as an ordinance worker in the Ogden and Brigham City Temple.

Her interests were her family. She was active in PTA, 4-H and cub scouting having served in many leadership positions. Her children are widely scattered and she and Lloyd traveled often to visit the grandkids on their special occasions including a baby blessing at a Coast Guard Light House in Washington State and baptisms in Delaware, Florida, North Dakota, California and Alaska.

Marna loved to travel with her sister Mary and their husbands to visit many Temple dedications and attending a session.

Surviving are her children: Larry (Michele) McGee, Pacifica, CA; James (Carla) McGee, Neola, UT; Linda (Dave) Anderton, Palmer, AK; John (Julie) McGee, Riverside, CA; Robert (Rachel) McGee, West Jordan, UT; Patti (Frank) Kasten, Phoenix, AZ; Heidi (Monty) Pickrell, Ogden, UT; 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother Fred (Colleen) Maynes and brother-in-law Leroy (Mary) Jones, sister-in-law Myrna (Kale) Smith.

Preceded in death by her loving spouse, her parents, brothers: Darrel, John, William, Lawrence, Alden, Robert, Gaylen Maynes and her sister Mary Jones, daughter Karen (John) Atwood, and two grandsons Clarence Atwood and Derek McGee and one great-grandson Nathan McGee.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:00 am at Myers Mortuary Chapel, 205 S. 100 E., Brigham City, UT. A live stream of the service can be viewed on Marna’s online obituary page at see also this link:

Viewings will be Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at Myers Mortuary.  The family requests that those attending follow social distancing guidelines and masks, as recommended by the CDC.

Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Land Records in Missouri for Solon H McGee

The Bureau of Land Management (the original BLM) maintains records of land grants and purchases.  These can be used to piece together family history.  Here is a document I found today.  A land patent from 1882 with William Micager McGee and his brother Solon H McGee (our Great Grand father).  William was 14 years older than Solon so its interesting they went in together on this land. I think they moved to Oklahoma and then to New Mexico also.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Virtual Reunion 2020

John asked everyone to fill out this questionnaire to help arrange an activity for the 2020 reunion... being held online spread over several afternoons.

Questions for 2020 Family Reunion. Return  by Aug 1st 2020.
In order to better understand family, we decided to ask the following questions and have a trivia
Name ______________________________________________________________________________
Where and when were you born? ________________________________________________________
Anything unusual about the circumstances surrounding your birth: _____________________________
First memory/story of your childhood: ____________________________________________________
Favorite memory from childhood: ________________________________________________________
Education, Schools attended, degree(s): ___________________________________________________
How/where did you meet your spouse: ____________________________________________________
When / Where were you married/sealed: __________________________________________________
Where have you lived: _________________________________________________________________
How many states have you visited: _______________________________________________________
How many countries have you visited: _____________________________________________________
Favorite color: ________________________________________________________________________
Favorite food: ________________________________________________________________________
Dream Job: __________________________________________________________________________
Dream Vacation: ______________________________________________________________________
What are your plans for retirement: ______________________________________________________
Most memorable story about Dad: _______________________________________________________
Most memorable story about Mom: ______________________________________________________
Broken bones/stitches: _________________________________________________________________
Collections: __________________________________________________________________________
Favorite Movie/book/author: ____________________________________________________________
Favorite Holiday: ______________________________________________________________________
Favorite Music Genre/Song/Singer/Composer: ______________________________________________

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


For Christmas 2018, Anna and Chris Casey, arranged for me a gift called "Storyworth".. Each week for one year, I received an email prompt to respond to.  The responses were saved and then available to be compiled into a book of the memories that had been recorded. 
Thanks to Anna and Chris!

For me, this was very having a major assignment from school due each and every week during the year. At Thanksgiving, I had completed about 15 or so of 48 till then.  I began a marathon push to finish before the year expired.  I padded some of the stories with lots of pictures.

Then I hit on the idea of including my church talks given over the course of several years.  Many of these talks have snippets of personal experiences woven into the theme.  Even now they are interesting for me and I hope will be read by some of you.

Then finally to finish my project, I added family group sheet information for Anna and Katie covering five generations going back and then also a chapter listing all descendants of Mom and Dad, Marna Maynes and Lloyd McGee. (three generations)  along with my Priesthood lines of authority and pictures from family reunions.

The initial copy included with Anna and Chris's gift has black and white photos inside to be used as a proof copy.  After correction and multiple revisions, the 'final' version was submitted. I obtained 7 copies for myself and my kids with color pictures. For anyone else who might be interested, there is a color PDF version that I will share.
Proof and Final editions

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Small world

Michele and Larry traveled 3000 miles from Pacifica to find a small historical plaque that tells the story of Larry's 10th Great Grandfather being aided by Michele's 10th great grandfather in 1637.
Lion Gardiner and Mohegan Chief Uncas.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Studio Pictures from 1954

Mom has lots of photo albums at home.  I'm starting to make digital copies of them.  here are two of the best pictures ca 1954. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Another Family Reunion Picture

Here is an interesting Picture I found on my hard drive. I don't remember where this came from.
Although the label says 1954, the picture seems to be from 1953. David McGee was born in Jan 1953 and seems on his mother's lap to be a lot younger than 1 year old. (He passed away in 1970). The baby in Russell's arms is not labeled but is likely to be LaRaine and Dolly's son  Gary born 8 days before me.  Both he and I look like we're still under 1 year old.  With no sign of Karen, I doubt this is 1954. Colleen married Fred in 1954, but he is not in the picture here, while Leola and Roger Ball were married in 1953 and he is here. My best guess is July of 1953.  There were some older kids for Russell and for Solon and Louise that are not showing. also the oldest two sisters and their families were not here. and Russell's wife Alice was missing.  Those grandkids would have been from 22 to 13 and perhaps too busy to come to a reunion. Also Irene McGee Despain and her family is missing.