This past weekend was my Aunt Marvelle's funeral. Before the funeral, Jill asked me, "Mom, is this a happy funeral?"
I thought it was an interesting question.
In many ways it was a happy funeral. Aunt Marvelle had a disease the last few years of her life which gradually rendered her more and more disabled. It was a generative muscle disease, similar to Lou Gherig's disease. At first she had a few falls. Then she started to not be able to swallow. She soon was not able to hold her head up very well and couldn't focus her eyes. Gradually it got worse and worse until she was entirely bed ridden. She had a hard time even talking. It was very sad to see such a dynamic, strong woman become prisoner to her body. Her mind was perfectly well, but her body was totally worn out. We are happy that she is no longer captive to her ever weakening body.
It was also a happy funeral in that everyone focused on the great things Aunt Marvelle taught them, and the great influence she was in their life. She was a strong woman. She took life by the horns and made things happen. She was a female executive long before it was fashionable to be one. She was strong, yet very kind. She worked hard and never shirked when it came to difficult tasks. She was faithful and kind and stalwart and wise.
As happy as we are that she is no longer suffering, we are sad too. We are all sad to be without her. Our sadness had been present for a number of years. We mourned her decline in health. We watched the declind and wondered how it could get any worse - and then it would. We shook our heads and shed many tears all through the past two or three years. Even though we expected it, it still isn't easy. We will miss her. She was a leader in our family, a role model, a confident, and someone we all looked up to.
NOBLE, Lynn Marvelle Hyde
9 May 1940 – 3 February 2013
When the rubber hit the road it was usually Marvelle driving her 1980 280Z, a gift from her husband, for her 40th birthday. She put a hundred thousand miles on her golden chariot that first year. Now she has taken her last ride on a different Golden Chariot. It took her to see her daughter, Kelly La Ree, her son, Scott Charles, her parents, Clarence and Floy Hyde, her in-law parents, John and Luella Noble, Grandson, Adam Law, her brother-in-law, Gayle Jensen, and all her other loved ones who were there to welcome her with open arms.
With great sadness we watched as Marvelle’s health deteriorated but due to her solid testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ she had no doubt or fear about where she was going. Left to mourn and miss her are: her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Clifford Donald Noble, her children, Bradley (Jill) Noble of Lethbridge and Nickee Lynn (Cameron) Dudley of Las Vegas NV; her grandchildren, Dustyn John (Julia) Noble, Jessey Bradley Noble, Shelbi Lynn Noble, Chris Nathan (Ashley) Law, Aaron Jonas (Dawn) Law, Amy Joel (Adam) Bay, Ashley LaRee Dudley, Lauren Nicole Dudley (Anthony)Storer, Jordan Cameron Dudley, Dillon Dudley, Preston Powell Dudley; and great grandchildren, Logan John Noble, Emma and Seth Law; her sisters, Lester Ann Hyde (Gayle) Jensen, Shirley Hyde (Ardel) Wilson, and Colleen Hyde (Dave) Boyer and their families.
Lynn Marvelle Hyde Noble was born 9 May, 1940, the first daughter born to George Clarence Hyde and Luella Floy Day Hyde at the Galt Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta. At her birth her family lived in Raymond and they later resided in Rosemary, Boundary Creek and Taber where Marvelle completed high school before attending Calgary Business College. In Boundary Creek she rode a horse to school where she was the only girl in the class.
On 6 June 1959 she married the love of her life, Clifford Donald Noble and later they were sealed in the Alberta Temple. Marvelle loved her husband and family more than life and she enjoyed having them all near for family celebrations and Family Home Evening Dinners. As a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints she efficiently and faithfully fulfilled many callings such as Primary worker both in her Ward and Stake, Primary President, Relief Society President, Relief Society Teacher, Activities Chairman, and Visiting Teacher. With her husband she served two missions for the Church in Ghana, West Africa as well as a mini mission in Las Vegas while waiting for their paperwork for Ghana. They experienced much success in all their missions and were most excited to have their children and grandchildren with them as they baptized their first converts in Las Vegas.
The founding owner and operator of Marcliff Adjustors, Marvelle worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years. There were those who doubted the ability of a woman to make it in the very tough insurance industry but they soon stepped back and took note as she handled the lion’s share of business in Southern Alberta. She was favoured by the native culture, many of them asking for the “Mormon Squaw” to adjust their claim. She knew every road in Southern Alberta as she travelled them while investigating her claims. She was appointed under the signature of Premier Getty to the Insurance Council of Alberta. The council‘s mandate covered licensing, upgrading, qualifications, examinations and discipline of all licensed adjusters in the Province of Alberta. She also served on the Provincial Committee for Advanced Education under the mandate of the Minister of Education and she sat on the board for the Cardston Credit Union.
In 1990, at the encouragement of her son, Scott, Marvelle entered the first Mrs. Lethbridge Pageant and much to the delight of us all, she won the crown. She was a member of the Lethbridge Business Professional Women and served as President for two years. She was also a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and was very proud of her pioneer heritage.
Marvelle was a loving, caring, no nonsense, efficient, dynamic person and will be greatly missed.
Marvelle’s funeral will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FAIRMONT CHAPEL, 205 Fairmont Blvd. South, Lethbridge, on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Friends may meet the family on Friday evening, February 8, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, and prior to the funeral service at the church on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Interment to follow in the Cardston Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
We will miss you Aunt Marvelle.