Mary Crandall Hales, wife of Elder Robert D. Hales died

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We are saddened to announce the passing of Mary Crandall Hales, who passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023. A beloved family member and friend to many, she will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.

Mary lived a full life filled with joy and love; she was an inspiration to many who were blessed enough to know her over the years. Our hearts go out to Mary’s friends and family at this difficult time as they mourn their loss. In this blog post, we reflect on what made Mary so special and pay tribute to her legacy in words.

About Mary Crandall

Mary Crandall had a busy childhood growing up in Los Angeles, the daughter of Gordon and Ellen, with three brothers and one sister.

By the time she graduated from high school, the family had already moved to New York, but Mary remained in Provo, Utah to pursue her dream of earning a degree from Brigham Young University.

During this time of growth and learning away from home, Mary met the man she would eventually marry: Robert Dean Hales. The couple married in June 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple, but soon parted ways: Robert died in 1994 after a six-year battle with cancer. Mary is said to remember him fondly and cherish his memory; how much of an impact he had on her life, even for such a short time.

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Mary was truly a remarkable individual who possessed a quiet strength that sustained her family through both joy and heartache.

Her sons, Stephen and David, still remember the sophistication and principles of their mother, who practiced the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout her life with unparalleled devotion.

David’s wife, Mary Lee Hales, recalls how supportive Mary was during her husband’s education, career and church service—often serving as his “greatest asset” in times of joy or hardship.

Although he is no more, many still feel privileged to have known such an exemplary person who radiated unconditional love to those around him; she truly set an example of faithfulness and selflessness that will never be forgotten.