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Marla J. White

White, Marla

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.


  • John Mumford Posted July 11, 2016 4:52 PM

    My facebook friend, and last contact with Arizona. She will be missed.

  • Stefanie Kelly Merritt Posted July 11, 2016 6:49 PM

    So blessed to have grown up with the wonderful White family and so thankful for Marla’s faithful (and so much fun) influence on my life. Thank you, Marla, for making my childhood so special. Love, Stef

  • Janet and Larry Gordob Posted July 12, 2016 8:18 AM

    Marla was an inspiration to me and my family. She spoke the truth, tried to encourage all to do better, never gave up on her family that she dearly loved. She loved lemon meringue pie and family gatherings. Her greatest legacy is her wonderful family! She will be missed but she will live on in our hearts and memories. God bless Al and his family with comfort at this time of loss.

  • Lorna Oaks Posted July 12, 2016 12:49 PM

    Marla came into my life only four short years ago, but will always be in a corner of my heart. I learned quickly that she was a hard working lady. Thanks to her for all of the good visits and conversation. Allen, Alejandra and Starla you are a joy. My love and thoughts are with you as well as the rest of your family. May you feel the Savior’s love in your time of loss.

  • Sharon Pugmire McCoy Posted July 12, 2016 8:16 PM

    She was a very special person. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and then there were the other hats she wore. Friend, confidante, soulmate, and more. I will always remember the twinkle in her eyes and her smile. She will be missed but not forgotten. She has touched so many lives, and I am grateful to have known her and shared a few years back of her life. When I look at my Wooden Paper Dolls, I will remember her smile and twinkling eyes.

  • Nancy Horn Posted July 13, 2016 7:40 AM

    I will miss seeing Marla. I always looked forward to seeing her when she came to get her haircut. She always had the funniest story’s to tell about her family and her everyday life, it was always with love and laughter.. She loved her family so much and I always looked forward to hearing what handmade Christmas gift she was making for everyone each year. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. And that God will give you comfort during this difficult time. My heart aches… Missing Marla.

  • Megdalynn Fisher Posted July 13, 2016 11:45 AM

    I am so grateful for my relationship with Marla. Her example of kindness, love, charity, and faith have blessed my life many times. Her friendship and mentoring are cherished, and I will miss her dearly until we meet again.

  • Val & Marceil Peterson Posted July 13, 2016 5:32 PM

    Sorry that Marceil and I could not be at the service. We have fond memories of Marla and Al from when we lived in Tempe. We remember Marla’s great love for her family and her infectious laugh. This is a family that is easy to love, because they always seem to find ways to show their love and affection for others. Al and Marla always went out of their way for us when we needed their wisdom or help. We will never forget Al’s long trip to Texas (or was it Oklahoma) to dismantle and bring home an authentic windmill for their ample yard. We offer our love and heartfelt condolences to Al and to all the family.

  • Glenda. Nixon Posted March 29, 2018 9:21 AM

    I went to high school with Marla in our senior year in Safford, Arizona. When she moved down to Safford from Tempe, we clicked immediately and were best friends!! Then came graduation, and sadly time and circumstance parted us. Several years ago we connected on Facebook, and it was wonderful,! Then I realized She wasn’t on there anymore, and didn’t know how to find out what had happened. I have been thinking about her so much , and just decided to go on Safari and look her up. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her beautiful picture in the obituary!!! I wish I had known! Sorry that I never met you Allan! Just know that I loved Marla and we had so much fun!!!! Please accept my condolences…My heart goes out to you all. I live in Bend, Ore.

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