Margaret was born on June 7, 1932, to William and Bernece Larsen Faulkner. She spent the majority of her childhood in the beautiful river bottoms of Orem, Utah, with her two older sisters and two younger brothers, beloved friends and cousins. She always grieved the loss of her youngest brother, Arthur, who died in infancy.
Margaret was incredibly smart and not only graduated from Lincoln High School when she was 16 years old, but also had earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Brigham Young University by the time she was 20. She was an avid reader and never tired of learning, but mostly loved devouring, cover-to-cover, a good murder mystery. She passed this love of the written word onto her children, which was just one of her many gifts to them. She was the most nurturing and loving mother that her children could ever have had.
Margaret was a strong, independent young woman who traveled after college and did not conform to the convention of her time. After returning home to Utah, she began working at Dugway Proving Ground, where she met and fell in love with a handsome chemist, who soon became the love of her life. She married the “smartest, most handsome man she’d ever met,” James McRobert Woody on Sept. 1, 1961, and they started their small family of three children at base housing at Dugway. In October 1972, they found their dream home in the small town of Rush Valley where they raised their family and lived happily for the next 37 years. She was an active member of the Rush Valley Ward, where she served in many positions, including the Primary Presidency. Her faith in the gospel was unwavering and her testimony strong up to her last breath.
After retiring from Dugway, Margaret showed her bravery and savvy business sense yet again, and opened a successful business in Tooele, which she ran for over 15 years.
Words cannot describe the loss we feel. Mom was an inspiration, who kept moving forward though plagued with great loss and severe health problems. We’re so happy for her to have finally been able to “graduate.” The pain of losing two children was more than she should have ever had to bear. She is survived by her sister, Jackie; brother, Nick; daughter, Dona; grandchildren, Jessica, Madison, Chris, Alex, Stephanie and Andrew; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved siblings, Diane, Bill, and Arthur; her husband, Jim; and her sons, Mark and Robert.
Services will be held at the Rush Valley Ward on Dec. 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation of your choosing.