Mary Crandall Hales, the wife of an American businessman and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Elder Robert D. Hales, dies at the age of 90.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 6, 1932, this 90-year-old woman reunited with her beloved husband in death. The couple shares 64 years of married life since they were married on June 10, 1953, in the Salt Lake Temple. On January 15, 2023, Mary passed away at the age of 90 at her home in North Salt Lake.
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After moving from her birthplace to California, she along with her siblings went to schooling in Los Angeles. After graduating from high school, she shifted to Provo, Utah in order to attend Brigham Young University to study nutrition.
As she was studying here, her family moved to New York, and at a visit here during the 1952 summer, she met the love of her life, Robert Dean Hales, a University of Utah student. A year later, the couple married each other after getting acquainted with each other.
According to Russell. M. Nelson, Sister Hales was one of the noble and great women of the Church. He made this statement while attending Elder Hales’ funeral in October 2017.
Nelson even added that Mary has, with unwearyingness, backed, supported, and cared for her eternal companion. They even thanked her for being the best companion and honored her as they showed the love they have for her.
At this time, Nelson was the then President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
With their successful 64 years of marriage, the couple shares two sons, David and Stephen. During an interview, Hales stated that his wife was the greatest support he had.
He added that she frequently quotes a Quaker proverb: ‘Thee lift me, and I lift thee and we’ll ascend together.’ He said that the quote means team effort of lifting and strengthening one another.
The couple shared a special bond after they met each other and it was clear from the words of Hales. He declared that he never went out with anyone else after meeting Mary and they always made sure to be together every evening after work.
Also, he added that for the first two months, they even shared their chores. She helped him wash his car while he helped her in babysitting her brothers. And from the moment itself, they were aware that they weren’t going to be apart.
According to Sister Hales, the best quality that he had and that impressed her the most while dating is that he always listened to her. She says that they don’t always agree as they have their own opinions. But she was very much aware that he listens and values her opinion.
After Hales became the elder’s quorum president, the family continuously shifted from one place to another and lived in England, Germany, Spain, and various other regions of the United States. And Elder Hales even complimented his wife for her indefatigable ability to adapt.
Stephen, their son, stated that his mother was the pillar of their house that provided consistency and security to him and his brother. She recalls how his parents would inform the next move and how his mother handled every single thing including their schooling and organizing their learning experiences.
She even helped them in collecting and pack their things while moving from one place to another. He even remarked that his mother even taught them the willingness to share things with others as they would donate unnecessary things to either cousins or donate for those in need.
According to Susan, the couple’s daughter-in-law, their relationship was 100 percent equal and one never dominated the other, and majorly they valued each other’s opinions.
Although Sister Hales had a peaceful death from the incident of age, she’ll remain alive in everyone’s thoughts with the good deeds she’ve done so far.