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Mary Lue Groesbeck Holden, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, left this earth early Friday, August 5th, after a long, heroic battle with lung cancer. Her husband, Paul, was holding her hand when she left this world and her two daughters, Anna and Adair Holden, were nearby. She was 68.
She was born in Ashton, Idaho, on January 1st, 1954, to Beverly and Paul Groesbeck, the first daughter following two older brothers. Mary was shortly followed by two more brothers, and grew up chasing (or running ahead) of all the boys along the banks of the North Fork of the Snake River, blonde pigtails flying out behind her. Her family moved to Richfield, Utah, when she was 10, and she thrived on the drill team at Richfield High School, where she graduated. She was granted three more sisters and one more brother.
Mary studied physical education at Southern Utah University. A free spirit, she took a break during college to explore the west, eventually finishing her degree at Utah State University in Logan. There, she met Paul, another adventurous spirit. Shortly after, she took her first teaching job in Hurricane, Utah, where she also coached girls basketball and volleyball. Paul flew down in his small plane on weekends so they could continue their courtship. They married on October 12, 1979 in Logan, Utah, in matching leather vests.
Mary and Paul had two daughters, Anna and Adair, and was the kind of mother that drew many others to consider her their "other mother." Mary's kind, fun-loving presence filled every room she was in. She always had a sparkle and a little mischief in her eyes. She was loved, respected, and often the life of the party. She freely gave her skills, her time, and her passions to those lucky enough to be around her. During her battle with cancer, she was well-supported by her community of friends and family, and in her final week she had a parade of visitors each wishing to bestow their love.
Mary overflowed with creative energy that she poured into her craft-room creations, sewing projects, crocheting, and home-making. She loved tending her yard, cats, taking trips with her girlfriends and husband, loving on her grandchildren, being outside in nature, fly fishing, and being with her daughters.
Mary is preceded in death by her brother, Gene Groesbeck, and her mother, Beverly Groesbeck. She is survived by her loving father, brothers and sisters, her husband, and her daughters. The family will hold a celebration of her life on September 24th, 2022, at the Logan House (136 W 100 N, Logan, UT 84321), an open house-style event from 2pm on. www.loganhousevenue.com.
Saturday, September 24, 2022
2:00 - 4:00pm (Mountain time)
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