Maryan Titus Hansen, 82, died peacefully surrounded by family on September 23, 2022, at her home in Mesa, Arizona of causes incident to age. Maryan was born August 5, 1940, in Heber City, Utah to Bliss Eugene Titus and Leda Elizabeth (Murri) Titus. She was the youngest of five children. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend to all she knew.
Maryan cherished her parents and siblings and had a very happy childhood growing up in the beautiful Heber Valley in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos. She loved sharing stories and fond memories from her youth. She graduated from Wasatch High School in 1958 and was proud of her five-foot nine-inch stature. During Maryan’s life she was often asked how she knew so much about rifles. She would tell people her father was a master rifle and barrel maker, and she helped him in his shop performing various chores when she was young (mostly keeping her dog Pepper out of mischief). She was proud that he made rifles for people all over the world, and even made a custom rifle for one of her favorite Western actors, John Wayne.
Upon graduating high school, Maryan worked at Mountain Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard/PBX telephone operator in Heber City. She then moved to Salt Lake City and worked for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company as a PBX operator. Maryan was then recruited to work for the University of Utah as a PBX operator.
In 1963, Maryan went to a church dance at the Terrace Ballroom and met a returned missionary named Robert Hansen. She went home from the dance and told one of her roommates that she met the man she was going to marry, even though she couldn’t remember his name. After knowing each other for three months, Robert took Maryan to This is the Place Monument in Salt Lake and said to her, “This is the place!” When she replied, “I know!”, he said, “no, this is the place where I ask you to marry me.” She was overjoyed and quickly said, “Yes!” On August 8, 1963, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple by Harold B. Lee. They were married for 59 years and were indeed ‘Helpmates’ and ‘Helpmeets’ to each other, enjoying the good times, and helping each other through the difficulties and challenges they faced together. Maryan and Robert had seven children: two single boys, a set of twin girls (8lbs each), and sixteen months later triplets, two girls and a boy (6lbs each). All of whom were born within 6 years of each other. She loved being a wife, mother, and homemaker.
Maryan had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. She had many talents and hobbies; some of which included sewing, crocheting, quilting, baking, ceramics, and being extremely organized. She spent countless hours making clothes, quilts, and blankets for family and friends. She loved traveling and traveled extensively with her husband throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Maryan enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends. She also loved the outdoors and going on camping trips with her family in the mountains and to many reservoirs and lakes in Utah, of which Strawberry and Mirror Lake were favorites. Throughout her life, she and her husband bought and sold real estate which included houses and apartments that they rented.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and happily served in many callings throughout her life. She even financed her sister Reba Titus on her mission to the Eastern States mission in the early sixties. Maryan loved her Father in Heaven, her Savior, Jesus Christ, and the restored gospel and loved going to church, the temple, and listening to beautiful music, especially the Tabernacle Choir.
Maryan spent her life serving, giving, loving, teaching, listening and being a true friend. She was a true example of Christlike love.
While she will be dearly missed here on earth, her family and loved ones rejoice in the fact that she has now returned home and been reunited with her parents and many beloved family and friends.
Maryan is survived by her husband Robert; three sons and four daughters, Steven (Stacey), Michael (Rebecca), Jill (Mark) Davis, Julie (Dan) Canepa, Lori Gomez, Linda, Paul (Michelle); 15 grandchildren; and one sister, Diann (Roger) Shields. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Russell Emery (Victoria) Titus, and sisters, Stella (Hal) Fowkes and Reba Titus.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am (PDT) on Friday, September 30, 2022, at the Adobe Ward Chapel located at 2835 East Des Moines, Mesa, AZ. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at 10:00 am (PDT). For those unable to attend the service in person, or would prefer to attend virtually, the family invites you to join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95264295297
Interment will be Friday, October 7, 2022, at 10:00 am (MDT) in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, (4th Ave. & N Street).
In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for someone in need, or donate to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian or Missionary Fund: churchofjesuschrist.org.
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.
Robert and Maryan have been beloved friends for years. Even with us being states between us we have always kept in touch. My condolences, prayers and love to the Hansen family.
My thoughts go out to the family on the day of the funeral.
Sorry for your loss. She was a special lady
Aunt Marian was a beautiful sweet Aunt, and a talented wonderful mother. She always had her girls dressed so pretty and hair fixed so nice. She was a great seamstress I was always impressed with the girls pretty dresses. We supported each other’s families in all we did. Went camping together. Jane my youngest sister is Steven’s age and had a good friendship as kids with him. I loved Aunt Marian so much and always thought what an absolutely beautiful woman she is.
I will miss her.
Love and condolences to the family. It is hard to loose a mom.
Love Karen Eskelson (daughter of Bernice Hansen Frederickson and Dick Frederickson)
We are sad to hear of the passing of Maryan. Her family lived across the street from us in Brigham City. We have many fond memories of her.
Aunt Maryan I will remember you as being a loving mother. I enjoyed going to your home in Bountiful and watching you easily juggle the twins and triplets with much laughter. You never had a hair out of place. To my cousins I love each one of you. My condolences go out to the families. The loss of a mother and grandmother, sister is difficult and it’s with God’s plan we will all be together again. Take Care
Love, Chris Frederickson
I send my love to your family. I can see Maryan’s loving, nurturing ways in her children and grandchildren.
She was the greatest Mom a girl could ask for. She made us clothes, put our hair up in curlers and was on time to everything. Even with 7 kids. I gave her a run for her money for sure, but I loved her all the same. I’m going to miss my Mom so much. There is just not enough room to say everything about the goodness of my Mom.
Our love and sympathy during this time of loss.
Your mother was an amazing lady. Her love and legacy will live on in you and those she served and loved.
Dear Bob and family,I am so sorry Maryan has left this world. I know how much you all love and will miss her. I miss her. She always had kind words to say with a bit of wisdom added. May you all be at peace.
I have found over the years that memories, keep your loved one close by, even though they are no longer with us. Find those memories that are special to each of you and recall them often. I have fond memories of Aunt Maryan. I remember where she hid her Cheetos the puffy kind. They didn’t make the big bag back then!
I will never forget her many phone calls when I first became a mom her visits reminded me of the good she had done for her kids. Time the girls had with her while the boys went hunting. Having alone time when we moved to Brigham City and traveled back to Bountiful each month for braces. Her Cheetos, ice and Taco Bell. Will always be reminded. I am proud to say I was a mommies girl. In the end of her life and living in a different state was so hard. The last words spoken to her in the end will always be fond memories that will last a lifetime.
Until we meet again mom kisses and hugs forever.
The Lori Gomez family