Marla Jayne Tidwell White (3/4/1942-7/7/2016) was born in Safford, AZ on March 4, 1942 to Richard and Beth Tidwell. She joined an older sister Kayle. Marla was followed by 4 younger siblings, Rick, Susan, Jeff, and Sydney. She spent her younger years in Safford, AZ. When her dad returned from WWII, she moved to Tempe where she attended school. She attended Tempe High School until her Junior year when she moved to Safford where she lived with her grandparents. Marla graduated from Safford High School in 1960. Following graduation, she moved back to Tempe and went to work as an operator for the phone company. She met her husband, Allen, and was married June 17, 1961. Allen and Marla were blessed with 6 children, Brett (Julie), Camille (Craig) Seymore, Jacob (Tiffany), Quincy (Bryan) Nelson, Gabriel (Jenelle), and Alejandra.
Marla spent her life serving her children, family, community, and church. Marla was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served in many capacities throughout all organizations of the Church. From 2006-2008, Marla and Allen served an 18 month mission to the Caribbean island of Dominica where she truly loved the people and touched many lives. Marla is preceded in death by an infant daughter, her parents, brother, and 2 grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Allen, 6 children, 25 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 3 sisters and 1 brother.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 13th at 10:00 AM with a family visitation at 9:00 AM. Services will be held at the LDS Stake Center located at 19730 E. Ocotillo Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.