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Susan McGiven

Susan Linda "Susie" McGiven (White)

Sunday, April 28th, 1946 - Sunday, October 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Susan Linda White McGiven, age 74, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2020 in Springville, Utah.

There is an old song by the country band, Alabama, called Angels Among Us. The chorus of this song says. "I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to us in our darkest hours to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with a light of love." Susan Linda White McGiven was one such angel sent down by our Heavenly Father to share light and love in everything she did.

Susan was born to Steven and Georgia White on April 28, 1946 in Santa Monica, California. She was the oldest of four children. The family moved around quite a bit during her early years living all over the United States, finally settling in Mountain View, California. She graduated from Awalt High School and attended Brigham Young University.

She met her husband, Gary McGiven in 1960, the two were high school sweethearts. The couple were married in the Oakland California Temple on June 11, 1966, and together they welcomed eight children. They started out family life in San Jose, California and then moved to Orem, Utah, where they lived for more than 20 years. They spent their later years in Springville, Utah.

Susan was a woman of many talents. She was a great lover of music. She played both the piano and the guitar but her favorite form of musical expression was singing. She was a member of several choirs over the years including the Chauntenettes of Orem, Utah. As a young mother she also developed a talent for folk art (Tole) painting. There were several of her creations displayed in the family home over the years. While these talents brought much joy into her life, the role that truly defined her as a person is that of a servant. She served in many capacities over the years both within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and in her community, but her crowning "achievement" aside from raising her family, came in 2012 when she called to serve in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Susan was a friend to many and had several wonderful relationships that she enjoyed. She and Gary enjoyed traveling and doing things with their friends often. She also opened her home to many of her children's friends and became a second mom to many.

She was a devoted wife and mother and a fixture at numerous ballgames, wrestling matches, orchestra and choir concerts and plays. She was her children's and grandchildren's biggest fan, fiercest advocate and her family's North Star. Her shining example taught us the way we should live. She taught us to be generous in all things, to be humble and kind and she showed us every day how to love. We all have many cherished memories and her influence in our lives has been profound but her most enduring legacy is that of pointing of her family and everyone she knew to Jesus Christ.

Susan is survived by her eight children: Holly (Dane) Berry, Julie (Adam) Weight, Sean McGiven, Steven McGiven, Kevin (Lindsey) McGiven, Kelly (John) Boyle, Gary (Katie) McGiven, Ryan (Sarah) McGiven, 23 cherished grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Sister, Lynn (Bill) Brady, brothers Glenn (Nancy) White, and Dan (Browynn) White. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary McGiven, and her parents, Steven and Georgia White.

A viewing will be held Friday, October 16, 2020 at Spring Creek Mortuary, 737 North Main Street, Springville, Utah from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Spring Creek Mortuary, 737 North Main Street, Springville, Utah at 1:00 pm. A viewing will be held prior from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Interment will follow in the Orem City Cemetery.

Condolences can be offered at www.legacyfunerals.com and springcreekmortuary.com.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 16th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Spring Creek Mortuary
    Address
    737 North Main
    Springville, UT 84663
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    Notes
    Interment at Orem City Cemetery following service
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    When
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Location
    Spring Creek Mortuary
    Address
    737 North Main
    Springville, UT 84663
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    Notes
  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Spring Creek Mortuary
    Address
    737 North Main
    Springville, UT 84663
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  • Interment

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Orem City Cemetery
    Address
    1200 North
    Orem, Utah 84058
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Teresa Welton and Teresa Guerrero

Posted at 10:49pm
"Susan McGiven" will remain in our hearts forever. May she Rest In Peace.
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Peter Glahn

Posted at 07:10pm
Sue was my second mom. We were at her house all the time because she always had plenty of food and she genuinely liked us. She even laughed at our jokes. I always felt so welcome. I even wrote Sue while I was on my mission and she wrote back. She even let me stay with them when my family had moved to California. I’m just so grateful for her generosity. Her legacy lives on through her amazing family.

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Joanna Lam Anderson Family

Posted at 11:38am
An incredible mother, a wonderful second mother; truly an amazing woman. She will remain in our hearts forever.
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Sara Kneuss FNP-C

Posted at 12:03am
I am thankful to have meet such a beautiful special person. You will always be in my memories and prayers.
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The Yocum family

Posted at 11:40pm
We are so saddened by the loss of your sweet mom. Our lives are richly blessed because of her faithful example and generous heart. Sending our love.
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