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Marjorie Gwen Monnett

Marjorie Gwen Monnett

Marjorie Gwen Monnett was born December 24, 1947, to Don and Marilyn Worthington in Grantsville, Utah.  As a toddler, she contracted the dreaded polio virus and was soon transferred at great cost to the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Polio Center in Pennsylvania.  Narrowly escaping placement in an iron lung and enduring several surgeries, she returned to Grantsville to be raised.  Because of the difference in leg length and surgeries, she was nicknamed “Prancy,” a name she carried through her life.

Serving as a student body officer in high school and receiving a scholarship to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, she received her Bachelors Degree.  There she married Robert Bettinger and soon became the mother of five children: Jeffrey, Eric, Debbie, Janell and Leigh.  To help the young family, she taught school in Chicago, Illinois, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Las Vegas, Nevada.  Alternately, she worked as an assistant with the Utah Jazz when the team temporarily operated from Las Vegas.

While in Las Vegas, her marriage ended.  She continued as a leader among other single parents and simultaneously served as the Primary President in an LDS ward.  She then attended a meeting at Brigham Young University with several other single parents in 1985 where she met Jack Monnett and, following a whirlwind courtship, married him in the Los Angeles Temple, and moved to Grants Pass, Oregon.  There she was not only the mother to her five children but became stepmother to Jack’s eight children.  Her family was soon known as “the Brady Bunch” complete with a family school bus.  She was later named the Grand Marshall of the local parade with the title, “A Mother’s Lode.”

Serving in many callings in both church and civic matters and coupling school teaching with a new interest in teaching parenting skills, people in Grants Pass were sad to see her leave with her husband, Jack, while he accepted a teaching position at a university in Mainland China.  Before leaving, Margie suffered a severe auto injury with some lingering effects and continued surgeries in the Chinese hospitals.  When she returned a year later, she and Jack resettled in Grantsville and founded a business in book publishing.  Still having residual complications, a medical solution was proposed that unfortunately further exacerbated her neurological problems and her spine was punctured.  Again relearning to walk and feed herself while now suffering complications of post-polio syndrome, she sought to rebuild her life.

Margie was not an idle person and generally had projects to do and events to attend.  She loved photography and won many honors for her pictures; she sought out childrens toys and books to present them to her grandchildren; she was an antique hunter who found it impossible to pass by an antique shop without finding a treasure; she always had DIs and Goodwill stores on her radar; she collected and brought kitchen recipes to life; and she enjoyed public speaking and teaching in all settings.  In short, her life was filled with activities and grandchildren. 

Moving to Spring City, Utah, she was again able to participate fully in church and civic matters.  As the town mayor’s wife, she was additionally involved in building projects and historical efforts within the community.  In 2017, however, her life completely changed when a large garbage truck went through a stop sign and hit her car at a high rate of speed.  Initially left for dead, she was eventually removed from her vehicle and following more than a year of surgeries and hospital care, moved to Idaho where her husband Jack was closer to help from children and grandchildren.  She was now paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. 

On January 13, 2023, just following her 75th birthday, she finally succumbed to the progressive pain and nerve damage that had tormented her for so long.  She was surrounded by her husband, children and loved ones who had come to know the “real” Margie.  Her children are: Jeffrey Bettinger, Eric Bettinger, Debbie Price, Janell Greenwood, Leigh Short, Scott Monet, Ross Monnett, Holly Monnett (deceased), Ginger Bell, West Monnett, Danny Monnett, Bruce Monnett, and Wendy Monnett.  In lieu of flowers, donations would be gladly appreciated to: BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 1 PM at the Allen Barn, 867 N Hale, Grantsville, UT 84029. Burial will follow in the Grantsville City Cemetery in the care of Dalton-Hoopes Funeral Home.  435-884-3031


  • Jeff Fogelquist Posted January 17, 2023 1:10 pm

    What an amazing woman. I had not seen her for years but Sister Monnett was a great woman! So glad I was able to meet her (even though I was a rebellious teenager). I hope and pray your family will be at peace now that she is moved on.

  • Tamara Miller Posted January 17, 2023 2:23 pm

    I met Margie at Gene Ward Elementary School where she and I were both teachers!! We hit it off right away! Her family lived on Caliente street and I grew up in Caliente, 154 miles north of Las Vegas!! I went on to teach 4 of her children!! They all were amazing students!! They became my Bettinger children!!
    I’m so glad that Margie had a wonderful husband to see her through all of her trials and tribulations! Love to her family and heaven couldn’t have a better Angel!!

  • Donna Sanders Posted January 17, 2023 5:35 pm

    Love and condolences Debbie❤️

  • Amy Backes Posted January 17, 2023 10:44 pm

    Sweet sweet Margie….what a huge impact she and her whole family had on my life. Although I haven’t seen her for years, she has always had a place in my heart. Love you all and sending lots of love.

  • John McLoughlin Posted January 18, 2023 4:57 am

    I remember Margie being the Mom for all of us Swing Choir kids. Always busy, but never too busy to be help out and support us. Deepest condolences to you all.

  • Thomas And Lisa Arnold Posted January 20, 2023 10:27 am

    We truly loved Margie she was always so caring and loving no matter what her circumstances. We enjoyed the times we were able to spend with her and the family. We are sorry to see her go but grateful she is no longer in pain. Best wishes to the family as they travel this road of missing her. Love always

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