Marvel Zook, 1930-2020

Marvel Zook

Marvel Hope Zook, 89, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at the Moab Canyonlands Care Center.

Born on July 5, 1930 in Hutchison, Kansas, she was the youngest of five children. Marvel grew up in Buhler, Kansas and after high school, attended Bethel College in Newton, Kansas. After that, she went into voluntary service through the Mennonite church in a variety of locations in the Northeast U.S.

As a young woman seeking adventure, she moved to Denver where she met her future husband, Stan Zook. They were married in 1959 and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

In 1980, she moved with Stan and her two children from Denver to southeastern Utah when Stan’s job with Atlas Minerals in their corporate office was consolidated and transferred to Moab. She began working as a home health aide with the Southeastern Utah Health Department and was a caregiver to many for 15 years until her retirement.

She was a faithful member of the Community Church of Moab and for 40 years served there as a deaconess and on many church committees.

She loved music and singing and was a longtime member of the church choir. She looked forward to the Moab Music Festival concerts every year.

Marvel was devoted to her family and she loved to laugh. Her beautiful smile could light up a room. She was a practical, positive and sunny person with the ability to see the upside to every situation.

Her life was a living example of strong Christian values. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Her husband, Stan; her daughter, Terri; her son, Kent (Karen); her sister, Glennis (Harlo) Schmidt; her grandchildren, Emmie Gerrard and Tyler, and her great grandchild, Calvin survive her.

Her parents, Arthur and Emma; her sisters, Ruby and Verda Mae, and her brother, Melvin, preceded her in death.

A funeral service celebrating her life was held Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Community Church of Moab. Burial followed at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Spanish Valley Mortuary was entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at