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KSL joins the broader community in mourning the passing of Marjorie Pay Hinckley at the age of 92.
Once in a television interview, Sister Hinckley modestly said she “just tries to keep up” with her famous husband. Just keep up? Hardly! Whether at home or in remote regions of the world, people flocked to see, hear and honor President Gordon B. Hinckley, and then they fell in love with his wife. They were immediately attracted to the diminutive woman with the grandmotherly demeanor who always wore a cherubic smile on her face.
Her involvement in her husband’s ministry was anything but passive. Where he delivered doctrinal discourses, she conveyed sensible, homespun stories filled with humor and practical advice.
“What you see with Mother is what you get,” is how her son Richard once described her. “She’s a very uncomplicated open book. You meet her once and that’s it. You know her.”
Of her station in life as the very visible companion of a world-renowned religious leader she often quipped, “How did a nice girl like me get in a mess like this?” Such humor was a mainstay of her life. A positive outlook, even in the face of life’s struggles, dominated her personality.
Indeed, Marjorie Pay Hinckley was a truly remarkable woman whose legacy of optimism and zest for life is worthy of emulation.