It is with sadness that we report the passing of Mary Crandall Hales, who died on Sunday, January 15, 2023,. A beloved family member and friend to many, she will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched.
Mary lived a full life filled with joy and love; she was an inspiration to many who were blessed enough to get to know her over the years. Our hearts go out to Mary’s friends and family members during this difficult time as they grieve their loss. In this blog post, we reflect upon what made Mary so special and pay tribute to her legacy in words.
About Mary Crandall
Mary Crandall had a busy childhood growing up in Los Angeles, the daughter of Gordon and Elene, with three brothers and one sister.
As she graduated high school, the family had already relocated to New York, but Mary stayed in Provo, Utah to pursue her dream of a degree from Brigham Young University.
During this time of growth and learning away from home, Mary met the man she would eventually marry: Robert Dean Hales. The couple wed in June 1953 at Salt Lake Temple but soon parted ways: Robert passed away in 1994 after a six-year battle with cancer. Mary is said to remember him fondly and cherish his memory; what a difference he made impact on her life, even if it was for such little time.
Mary was truly a remarkable person who possessed a quiet strength that sustained her family through both joys and heartache.
Her sons, Stephen and David, still recall the refinement and principle of their mother who practiced the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout her lifetime with unparalleled dedication.
David’s wife, Mary Lee Hales, remembered how supportive Mary was during her husband’s education, career and Church service- often serving as his “greatest asset” in times of joy or difficulty.
Though gone now, many still feel privileged to have known such an exemplary individual who radiated unconditional love to those around her; she truly set an example of faithfulness and selflessness that will never be forgotten.