In Memory

Mary Jane Ogden (Gordon)

Mary Jane Ogden (Gordon)


Mary Jane Gordon

May 7, 1945 ~ August 18, 2012
Our loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mary Jane Gordon passed away on August 18, 2012 after a very complicated and extended illness, with her family close by her side.
Mary Jane was born on May 7, 1945 in Huntington Park, California to Fil and Hermese Ogden. She lived in multiple cities in the United States with her parents. In Michigan she was elected as a Student Body Officer and Cheerleader. The family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she attended Olympus High School, was elected Senior Prom Queen, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Utah State University where she won the Miss Wool National Beauty Pageant and majored in mathematics. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.

Mary Jane owned her own collection agency where she met her current "Sweetheart", Dr. Dennis H. Gordon. Their marriage was solemnized in The Salt Lake LDS Temple on October 19, 1989. She was previously married to Richard Kunz with whom she had three children. She spent many hours volunteering for the Odyssey House and was a member of the Symphony Guild. Mary Jane devoted many hours to genealogy and her family history. Her greatest joy in life was being a grandmother and great-grandmother, which she adored. Mary Jane had a great love of flowers and took great pride in her yard and gardening. She was an avid golfer, accomplished photographer and loved to travel internationally. She was a member of the LDS Church and served in many callings.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dennis; her children: Devin (Marni) Kunz, Tara (LeGrand) Lewis, Debi (Darren) Johnson, Suzie (Trevor) Martin, Katie (Levi) Park; 23 grandchildren and one great-grandson; her brother, Larry (Judy) Ogden; and "The Love of Her Life", Miss Bailey, her four legged princess.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her youngest son, Tyler Kunz.

Funeral services for Mary Jane will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:00 Noon at the Cottonwood, Heughs Canyon Ward, 6301 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and family may call on Wednesday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, UT and on Thursday morning from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment: Larkin Sunset Gardens. Messages and tributes for the family may be posted at:

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from August 19 to August 22, 2012

  Carol Ann Ogden (Tuckett)
08/18/12 02:44 PM



Mary Jane passed away this morning after a 3 month hospital stay with Mersa an infection in the blood. She was my best cousin and like a sister since neither of us had a sister. We spent a lot of time with each others families when they were young. We were able to hook up when I moved back to SLC in 2005. We continued to be best friends to the end. I will miss her very much. A piece of my heart has been broken. I don't have the details on her Obituary but will forward when I know. Could you please pass this on to anyone in the class that may have some experience they would like to share. Thanks for your help!!!