She was raised in the small community of Bates, Idaho, where she helped on the family farm. Marva loved music. She played the piano and later the organ. She played the clarinet and also accompanied her high school dance band. She graduated from Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho in 1957. Following high school, she lived and worked in Salmon, Idaho.
In 1960 she accepted a call to serve as an LDS missionary. Her service in the south German mission was a high point of her life. She worked hard and developed friendships that have lasted throughout her life. Throughout the rest of her life, she was known to exclaim a sentence or two in German.
After her mission, she moved to Salt Lake City and worked as a secretary for State Farm Insurance. There she met Philip Glen Condie, the love of her life, and they married on June 5, 1964 in the Idaho Falls LDS temple. They lived in Provo, Utah where Philip attended BYU and then moved to southern California in 1967 where Philip attended medical school at University of California-Irvine.
Upon graduation, Philip joined a medical group in Roosevelt, Utah, where they settled in to raise their four children. Following a career ending injury to Philip, in 1982, Marva gave compassionate care to her husband as he recovered and they eventually moved to St. George, Utah in 1986.
Marva was a clever and joyful soul who could often be found playing “The Entertainer” on the piano. She dressed up as a witch on Halloween and handed out “poison” apples to neighborhood children. She welcomed everyone into her home with laughter and a good meal and loved to tell her children and grandchildren stories about “the olden days.” She was a gracious hostess and a giving servant of the lord, and set a good example to all around her. She held many positions in her ward, most recently as organist. She is gone too soon and will be missed immensely. Her family knows she is in heaven making people laugh, making great food, and playing the piano.
She was predeceased in death by her parents, and six brothers and sisters. She is survived by her husband, Philip; daughters: Natalie (Greg) Palmer of Yucaipa, Calif., Susan (Mark) Courtney of South Jordan, Utah, Shannon (Steve) Johnson of Enoch Utah; her son, Jeffrey Condie of St. George, Utah who was her diligent care taker in her final days. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Kobin, Clayton (CJ) and Ty Courtney; and Jaelin, McKenna, Bridger and Brecken Palmer; and her sisters Mae Whiting and Donna Thompson and brother Lorin Murdock many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Indian Hills LDS Ward Chapel, 450 S. Indian Hills Drive, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd. and on Saturday, prior ti services, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel. Interment will follow at the Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 Dixie Drive. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marva’s name can be made to The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center, River Road Campus - 3rd Floor, 1380 E. Medical Center Drive St. George, Utah 84790. (435) 251-2480.