With a heavy heart and bittersweet gratitude, the Marchant family announces the passing of our beloved, sparkling, joyous, and beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother, Barbara Olson Marchant.\n\nBarbara was born April 26,1943 in Dorris, California to Claude and Virginia Heggie Olson. As the third child of six children, Barbara loved the position of being in “the middle.” Being surrounded by family and friends was Barb’s happy place - one she enjoyed her whole life.\n\nWhen she was in the 8th grade, her family moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon where she lived through high school. Barbara attended BYU where she majored in education with a speciality in home economics and received a minor in art. She met her husband Jeff in a religion class at BYU. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple and enjoyed nearly 60 years together.\n\nAfter completing college, Barbara taught homemaking and English at Orem Jr. High. Not only did Barbara teach homemaking, she became an expert in the role as she and Jeff welcomed eight children over seventeen years. She was always quick to point out her greatest accomplishment is her children. She selflessly and willingly gave of her time, talents, and God-given patience to raise a gaggle of children who grew up to become wonderful adults and parents, of which is evidence of her own exceptionalism.\n\nBarbara was a woman with many talents. She continued her formal education with a Masters degree from Utah State University in education. She enjoyed teaching interior design at Southern Utah University. Analyzing a set of house plans was her catnip. Barbara was also an accomplished artist showcasing her art in several galleries. Her love and natural artistic skill is carried on through her talented grandchildren.\n\nAs a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, faith and love encompassed everything Barbara did. She took every opportunity to share her testimony of her Savior Jesus Christ (especially to her family) and contributed to the community in countless ways through her service and support of others.\n\nIt is impossible to detail or calculate the impact Barbara made on the lives of her family, friends, acquaintances, and even random people along her path. Suffice it to say, she scattered sunshine all along her way making this world, and all those who love her, happier.\n\nBarbara is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Linda. She is survived by her husband, Jeff; her eight children: Shawn (Christy), Craig (Tiffany), Darren (Klea), Ryan (Melissa), Neal (Megan), Nathan, David (Crescent), and Julie (Jonathan); her 33 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and her 4 siblings: Maryann, Laura, Jane, and John.\n\nA viewing will be held on Thursday, July 20th from 6-8 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N 300 W, Cedar City. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 21st at 11:00 am, Cedarview Ward Chapel, 1925 W 320 S, Cedar City, UT, 84720. A viewing will be held from 9:30 - 10:30 am at the chapel before the funeral. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. \n\nA very special thank you to all the nurses, doctors, healthcare providers, and friends for their compassionate care of Barbara and our family.