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Maurine Gilbert Bellon, age 89, of Orem, passed peacefully on Monday March 27, 2023. She was born May 7, 1933 to John Alma and Geneva Frost Gilbert, the third of eight children. She grew up in Tooele and Arcadia Utah.
After attending BYU, Maurine met Arvin Bellon while they both worked for the movie theatre in Roosevelt Utah. They married January 21,1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. They made their home in Roosevelt and were blessed with six children. They served a mission in Wisconsin from 1994-1997, then relocated to Hayden for a few years, followed by a move to Utah County where they remained for the last 19 years.
Maurine was first and foremost a Homemaker and created a home full of love and laughter. She became skilled in cooking, baking, sewing, quilting and crocheting, with frequent recognition for her achievements. She excelled in baking and provided what seemed like a never ending supply of fresh baked bread for dad, the family and a good portion of the neighborhood. She worked at Todd Elementary, was the Demonstration Expert for Rhodes Rolls, and worked in the Sears Catalog Store. She taught many people the skills she had learned as a homemaker.
Mom had a vibrant countenance and a caring heart and looked at the world through a positive lens. She regularly saw the best in everyone and seemed to have a sixth sense for realizing those who needed a boost or a kind word. She was not one to judge, but to love others and seek to understand and help them. Everyone that spent time with her came away feeling uplifted, loved and valued.
We gained a love of music through mom. She saw to it that we learned to play musical instruments. We grew up to the early morning sounds of Bach, Beethoven or Chopin as each child took their turn practicing. There were frequent rehearsals for various musical groups, and competitions. The house vibrated with music most of the time. She was also a great story teller, and instilled in us a love for the written word. She could bring any story to life as she read it, with laughter and tears born from those listening. We also learned to appreciate the beauty in nature from mom and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors through camping, fishing, and quick meals in the canyon.
Mom believed in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not only in word but in action. She mirrored the love of the Savior as she quietly went about doing good. Mom was no stranger to heartaches, but carried on with grace and determination. She knew her faith would carry her back to the presence of her Savior and she found peace in that knowledge.
Dementia and then Alzheimer's took away her memory, but even as her faculties faded, mom met you with joy, open arms and a large smile. Children always made her world turn and her eyes continued to light up with pure delight in their presence. She loved with all that was in her, and this is her legacy. Her dedication as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother was felt deeply and the lessons we learned from her will resonate through the generations of our family. She will be missed.
The family includes her children, Becky (Stewart Morrill, deceased; Jerry Smith), Jan (Roger Loren Mulligan), Brent (deceased), Sheri (Michael Peterson, deceased), Greg (Marlena Spencer), and Gary. There are 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Arvin preceded Maurine in death on May 29, 2022.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 3, 7:00 pm at the Aspen 4th Branch Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 828 West 1600 North, Orem, Utah. Viewing and visiting 5:00 - 6:45 pm.
Viewing in Roosevelt at Hullinger Mortuary, Tuesday April 4, 11:30 am -12:30 pm.
Interment in Roosevelt Memorial Park.