March 24, 1928 — October 3, 2022

Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother returned to her Heavenly Father on October 3, 2022, after several years of declining health.

Margaret Jeanne Thiriot was born on March 24, 1928, the fourth child of E. Vernon Thiriot and Margaret Woolley Thiriot. Jeanne attended Wasatch Elementary School, Irivng Jr High, East High School, and the University of Utah.

Jeanne began to prepare for her career as a stenographer/secretary while in middle school and high school. She continued her studies in the business department of the University of Utah. Jeanne worked for Smith-Faus Wholesale Drug Company for four years before receiving a job offer to work in Washington DC. There she worked for the Bureau of Land Management. When she returned home to SLC, she worked for the FBI until her marriage to V. Kay Kendell. Since Kay was a student in veterinary medicine at the University of Colorado at the time, they moved to Fort Collins after their wedding in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 30, 1955.

After Kay graduated, they moved to Ogden, Utah where Kay opened her veterinary hospital. They built a house in the Uintah Highlands where they lived for forty years and raised four children. When the children grew up, Jeanne and Kay were able to travel here and abroad. The family enjoyed spending time together camping, water skiing and snow skiing. Once they built their cabin on the south shore of Bear Lake, they spent time there with their extended family and friends.

Jeanne and Kay divorced in 1998, and two years later she moved to South Ogden. Jeanne had many friends both in the Uintah area and in her new parish and neighborhood. She very much enjoyed spending time with her friends in the singles group “Eternal Buddies”, as well as the Lunch Bunch and its sewing group. Jeanne was a member of the Utah Pioneer Daughters.

Jeanne has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life. She has held positions in elementary school, MIA, Sunday School, guest teacher, and served in several Relief Society presidencies. Jeanne was a temple ordinance worker at the Ogden Utah Temple, where she met many new friends and loved serving the Lord.

In 2006, Jeanne reconnected with a friend she had met and dated while working for the Smith Faus Wholesale Drug Co. She and William Thorup renewed their friendship and married on October 14, 2006. Along with Bill came nine children and their families. They were very loving and kind to Jeanne, and she loved being part of this big, wonderful family. Bill and Jeanne shared a common interest in model trains and for two years spent time planning/designing, buying and building their model train exhibit. It was a hit with kids and adults alike.

Jeanne was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by Robert and Debbie Kendell, Taylorsville UT, Mary Ann and Kelvin Leete, Roy UT. Susan Kendell, Poulsbo WA, and Patricia and Mitch Robison, San Tan Valley, AZ., as well as nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Also survived are Bill’s children and their families, numerous nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law Donna Cornia.

The family would like to thank Legacy House of Ogden and Inspiration Hospice for the care and kindness shown by Jeanne over the past five years. We are forever grateful to those who were able to be there with her when we couldn’t.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 10, 2022 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park at 11 a.m.

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