Marie was born to Karl and Agda Olovsson on Feb 10, 1920 in Umea Sweden. She was married to Sigvard Johannes Gabrielson on April 6, 1941. Their son, Lennart, was born in 1943.
Marie and Sigvard joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1947, and shortly thereafter decided to immigrate to the United States. They spent a short time in the Los Angeles area before settling in Seattle, where there was a large community of fellow Swedes. A daughter, Carol Louise, was born to them in Seattle. Their family was sealed in the SLC Temple in 1958.
Marie was a beautiful woman, a loving wife and mother, and a gracious hostess. Her homes were always beautifully decorated, and she was renowned for her flower gardens. She and Sigvard loved to have parties, and they had a large circle of friends Marie was an accomplished ballroom dancer, and this remained her favorite activity well into her later years.
Sigvard was a building contractor and engineer, and in Seattle began building custom homes. Marie was his partner in this business, choosing all the colors and finishes for the new homes. During their retirement years, she also helped Sigvard, start a fishery business. Whatever new endeavor Sigvard dreamed up, Marie was right there working hard to help him.
Marie retained her unique and lovely Swedish accent, but she was very shy about it. A quiet, gentle woman, she nevertheless had a spunky side and a lively sense of humor. She served in the LDS Church as a faithful Visiting Teacher all through her life.
In 1976, Sigvard was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Marie heroically cared for him by herself until his death in 1977. She then married Ted Tannich. They were later divorced.
Marie left Seattle in 2004, and spent the last 10 years of her life in St. George to be near her son and grandchildren.
Marie is survived by her brother Eric Olovsson, of Umea Sweden; her daughter Carol Wilson (Dennis) of Georgetown Texas; her son Len Gabrielson (Ronda) of St. George; Eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A grave-side service will be held at Tonaquint Cemetery on Friday, February 21 at 11.00am. Family and friends may gather at Pine View Mortuary 566 North Mall Dr. St. George, Utah at 9.30 am - 10.30 am. Prior to the graveside service.
Len and his wife, Ronda express great love and thanks to Melissa and Angie and the other staff members of Alpha Home Health & Hospice, and to Dr. Kent McDonald. Their loving care and support were greatly appreciated in Marie’s final days.