MaryBelle Steele Marich passed away peacefully October 1, 2017 in Ely, Nevada surrounded by her loving family.
Her final weeks were filled with her sentiments of love and caring for her family and those that were caring for her. She was 91 years old and the last of her immediate family’s generation.
She was born in Alamo, Nevada, December 14, 1925, the fifth of eight children, to Joseph Worth Steele and Margery Stewart Steele.
Her brothers were Thomas and Robert Steele and, sisters were Josephine (Bosta), Edna (Frehner), Madge (Capron), Edith (Brundy), and Bernice Steele.
She grew up in Pahranagat Valley on the family farm in the home that her father built.
She had fond memories of her childhood, riding horses and working around the farm. Her family was always close and so her children grew up with a wonderful sense of family.
MaryBelle attended elementary and high school in Alamo which she graduated from.
At the age of 16 while visiting her oldest sister Josephine in Ely she met the love of her life and future husband Duch Marich, who soon left to serve his country in the war.
After her graduation, she moved to California where she worked in a rubber factory and a glass factory during WWII all the while anxiously awaiting the return of her love.
On November 20, 1945, they were married in Ely where they made their home. She always wanted to be a wife and mother teaching herself various skills to provide for her family. They moved to Alamo for a brief time to work on her father’s dairy, then back to Old Ruth where she started her family.
Together they had four children, two sons, and two daughters, all are still residing in White Pine Co.
MaryBelle was a very innovative, creative mother who involved herself in all her families’ activities as well as community activities. She was an excellent seamstress, cook, baker and quilter. She canned all their fruits and vegetables, made her children’s clothes and costumes for them, their friends and their children.
She’s a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She had a strong testimony and served in many callings. Their marriage was solemnized at the St. George Temple in 1985.
She truly enjoyed being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. All her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have a “grandma quilt” made with her skilled hands and definitely her labor of love. She crocheted like crazy, did some tatting, and hooked rugs. She spent much of her time teaching her family, mostly by her example.
She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her sisters, brothers, one granddaughter, Amy Marich, and her beloved husband Duch Marich.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Daniel Robert (Kathy), Joseph Duch (Lillian), Marilyn Blades (Doyle) and Susan Hall (Dean). She has 27 grandchildren and spouses, 33 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She considered each family member as the jewels in her crown.
Services were held at the Ely Nevada Stake Center on Wednesday morning October 4, 2017.
Pallbearers were Wade Burdick, Samuel A Marich, David P Blades, Eric W Blades, Eli D Blades, Charles D Hall, Nathan J Hall and Jeffrey P Hall.
She was laid to rest at the City of Ely Cemetery