Our beloved mother, Mavis Jones Munson, passed away in her home on the afternoon of June 11, 2019. Surrounded by most of her children, she left this world for an eternal reunion with her best boyfriend and husband Bobby Munson (Robert) and her infant daughter Lynn.
Mavis was born September 26, 1937, to the late Joseph Stanford Jones and Helen Chamberlain in the small town of Enoch, Utah. Along with two brothers and two sisters, Mavis was active in church and school. These activities, along with the influence of her dear parents, molded her into the beautiful woman she became. Mavis was very involved in 4-H where she learned to love and become proficient in the art of homemaking. She loved the outdoors and spent many weekends with her family on Cedar Mountain.
At the sweet age of sixteen, Mavis met Bobby Munson when they appeared in a Cedar City High School operetta. Bob graduated and joined the U.S. Army, and he proposed to Mavis on leave at Christmas time. A short month later, after a whirlwind romance, they were married in the St. George temple in January of 1954. Bob moved his new bride to Fort Hood, Texas. While living there, the first of her nine children was born. After a short time in Texas, Mavis and Bob moved to Enoch, Utah. During their marriage, nine more children joined the family. Through the years, they lived in Cedar City, Las Vegas, Bountiful, Boise, Escalante and Nampa. After the loss of Bob, in 2010, Mavis returned to live in Boise.
Mavis was very involved with her faith and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had many callings to serve wherever she lived. Later in life, she was able to serve a total of four missions for the church. With Bob as her companion, she served in the Hong Kong, China Mission, the Nauvoo Illinois Mission and at the Martin’s Cove Wyoming Mission. After the passing of her husband, Mavis was called to serve a Church History Mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. She loved every opportunity to serve others and lived her life as a perfect example of service.
Mavis loved music! She played and taught violin and numerous other instruments and had a lovely singing voice. Mavis and Bob performed in several music groups while on missions and had great times playing with friends and family. As a challenge to herself, she bought a cello at the young age of 79 and learned to play it well enough to perform a short recital at her 80th birthday party. She participated in multiple choirs, including the Boise Choristers and the Hymns of Thanksgiving choir. She was the conductor of her ward choir until a year before her death.
If she was not involved in doing something with music, she was probably doing some type of needlework. Whether it was knitting, crocheting or sewing, mom had a knack for creating things with yarn or thread. She made our clothes, afghans and beautiful quilts. This was one of her many talents she used to serve others.
She loved nature and camping, spending many days and nights traveling with dad in their RV, creating memories with friends and family. She loved to ride her four-wheeler ATV with Bob as they explored the places they lived and the beauty of God’s creations, specifically in southern Utah.
Mom’s life was devoted to her family. She did everything in her power to keep them together. Family was the most important thing to her and she was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was of the utmost importance to her that her family stay close and spend time together. Even after the death of Bob, she felt it important to fulfill her matriarchal role in having family gatherings at least monthly so that grandchildren and great-grandchildren would grow up knowing and loving each other. She helped her children to recognize the importance of not only the earthly family but the eternal family as well.
Mavis was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Spencer Munson; her daughter, Lynn; her parents, Stanford and Helen Jones; her sister and brother-in-law, Renee and Delwin Wells; and grandchildren, Amy Rebecca Monsen, Jesse Stephen Monsen and Ryan Craig Stuart. She is survived by her brothers, Garth Jones (Marilyn) and Brent Jones (Carolyn); her sister Trudy Wilson (John); and children, Kim Wood (Michael), Julie Zurcher (Robert), DeEtte Barney (Russell), Robert Kay Munson (Karla), Rae Jean Stuart (Craig), Linda Bird (Brad), Mark Munson (Janelle), Darrin Munson (Angela) and Katie Solosabal (Jim); as well as 44 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing for family and friends will be held the evening of Friday, June 21, between 6:00-8:00pm, at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise. The funeral will be held Saturday, June 22, 11:00am, at the LDS Chapel at 5751 S. Five Mile Rd., Boise. A short viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:00-10:45am. Burial will be at Dry Creek Cemetery. Our heartfelt thanks to First Choice Hospice for the tender care they provided Mavis.