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Mary Altha Webster

May 29, 1942 — November 24, 2023

New Harmony, Utah

Mary Altha Webster passed away peacefully November 24, 2023 with her family by her side. She was born on May 29, 1942 in Wichita Kansas to Glen E and Eunice M Terry.  She was a beloved sister to Barbara, Earl and Lawrence.

Mary spent her childhood growing up in Chester, California.  Her father was a Stone Mason and her Mother stayed home taking care of Mary and her siblings.  She had a happy childhood and found a love for riding horses at a young age.

Mary graduated from Chester High School in 1960.  After graduation, she moved to Boulder City, Nevada and was employed at the Bureau of Reclamation as a stenographer. Through a mutual friend she met Joel D Webster.  Joel and Mary married on December 28, 1963.

Joel was a Civil Engineer and was employed by the Federal Government which gave them the opportunity to live in many different states including Nevada, North Carolina, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio, Colorado and Utah.  While living in Evansville Indiana, her two sons David Alan and Scott Franklin were born.  

In 1994, after Joel retired, they moved to New Harmony, Utah.  She enjoyed the views of Kolob Canyon from her home and loved walking or riding her bike around town.  Mary enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was a wonderful cook and loved having her family over for a home cooked meal.  Her apple pie was the absolute best.  She enjoyed gardening and had the most beautiful wild flower gardens wherever she lived. She was a fun loving grandmother and spent many hours driving toy cars and playing board games with her grandchildren. She even turned her closet upstairs into a wonderful playhouse equipped with table, chairs, and a play kitchen.  

Mary was an accomplished seamstress who was talented in all types of crafts.  She enjoyed sewing, hand quilting and painting. She pieced together and hand quilted a baby blanket for each of her grandchildren.  She sewed bears, bunnies, dolls and painted the cutest snowmen.  She had a love for collecting Santa Clauses and at Christmas time, you could see a unique Santa no matter where you looked. Eventually, they became part of her home decor throughout the year.

Mary loved being outdoors camping, hiking, or riding horses on trails in Kolob, Zion, Bryce Canyon or Great Basin.  Her favorite park was Bryce Canyon and in 2013, Joel and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren at Ruby's Inn. Fond family memories were made at this celebration and will be cherished forever.

Mary is loved and survived by her two sons, David (Jodi) Webster, St George, Utah, Scott (Jill) Webster, Heber City, Utah, her four grandchildren  Bryce (Kaitlin), Dillon (Alyssa), Gabe, and Mya. She is also survived by her brother Lawrence Terry. Mary is preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Joel D Webster, her father Glen, mother Eunice, sister Barbara, and brother Earl.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the Meadows at Escalante Memory Care Facility for the care of our Mom.  We express sincere appreciation to Tricia, Haley and Nikki at Alliance Home Health and Hospice for the love and care they showed our Mom this past year.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 1:30 P.M. at the New Harmony Cemetery, New Harmony, Utah under the direction of Hughes Mortuary.  In lieu of flowers and in honor of our Mother, please donate to any State or National Park or to a charity of your choice.

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Graveside Service

Saturday, December 2, 2023

1:30 - 2:30 pm (Mountain time)

New Harmony Cemetery

New Harmony, UT 84757

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