On Sunday, Nov. 22, at 9:36 a.m. Lane Marshall passed away after a 16-month battle with a very rare and aggressive type of cancer. She was born Dec. 18, 1959, in Birmingham, Alabama, and moved to Safford, Arizona, shortly after, but she always considered herself a Texas native, having lived her teen years, early twenties and given birth to her first child in Dallas. Anyone who knew her, knows how strong-minded and determined she was with nearly any goal she set to accomplish… unfortunately this battle with cancer was one she just couldn’t win.
Lane was a lifelong educator, who proudly dedicated almost 20 years to the Tooele County School District as a teacher, and later after getting her master’s degree, becoming the principal of Anna Smith Elementary in Wendover.
Lane was crass, bold, sensitive, intuitive and above all… hilarious! She gave us all so many laughs every single day and we will treasure her A+ humor for our entire lives. She had two children, Lafe Jordan Stewart and Kassidi Kay Stewart, and two grandchildren, Tripton and Trey, whom she loved bigger than the sky. She loved her mother, Joan Woods (Gober) dearly and talked to her nearly every day, as well as her father Steve Marshall, aunt Kay Woods-Ravine and little sister Lori Van Dreal… she also had far too many other relatives to name, who lit up her world and made her day any time she’d speak with them. In recent years, she missed her late brother Tony Marshall terribly, as well as her long-time companion Penny (our family dog who quickly became solely her dog). The silver lining in all this is how much she looked forward to seeing them on the other side. Family was one of her greatest treasures.
Getting together with “the girls” for bunko, concerts, cocktails and sleepovers were the joy of her life, as well as laying out by the pool in the summer, lots of time with her grandson Tripton, and doing just about anything with her best friend Gina Ruiz. She was looking forward to retirement and living in the sunny Arizona weather in the future, although she was surrounded with the warmth of love by so many here in the mountains of Utah where she lived and raised her family for over half her life.
Our hearts are broken, and we already miss her so much but we’re also thankful she gets to be (as she put it) “herself again.” Lafe and Kassidi are so grateful to all those who have been part of this difficult time for the last year especially the team at IHC in Murray, Utah, and Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona, who gave her hope, dignity and extended her life beyond all expectations. If you’d like to give something in her honor, Hospice of the Valley in Arizona are literal angels.
Lane’s wish after leaving this world was to be cremated, and in doing so (due to COVID) a formal memorial service for all who wish to attend will be held at a later date, outside in the warm, open air. Most likely during her favorite time… summer.