Orem, Utah - Mary Jane Green Gillman passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at the age of 95. \n\nMary was born on March 21st, 1928 in American Fork, Utah to Myrtle Ivy Adamson and William Lewis Green. Mary recounts her mother as being an “angel” and her father a “good provider and farmer who worked harder than any man in the valley.” She was blessed with a large family. Two older sisters, Elizabeth and Wilma, two older brothers, David and Samuel, and two younger sisters, Myrtle and Kathleen, all of whom have passed on. They were raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah in a modest home with a large garden that her father William was very proud of.\n\nShe had a happy childhood of picnics up the canyon when her parents made time away from farming, and always looked forward to Strawberry Days each June. She remembers walking to and from school everyday no matter the weather and especially enjoyed the walks home in the Fall when she could smell her mother’s chili sauce cooking from down the street. She did not enjoy the Winter walks when she was forced to wear “ugly” long brown stockings to school, which she immediately pushed down to her ankles upon arrival. She spent many summer days on one of her father’s farms thinning beats with her little sisters. She was the oldest and therefore in charge of making sure the work got done. Her little sisters would often tire and slow down, so Mary would throw big clumps of dirt at them to encourage them to keep working.\n\nShe was a great student in high school and especially loved being a cheerleader, dancer, and acting in the school plays, even playing Amy in Little Women. She worked at Firmages Department Store in Provo, UT and felt really important to be working at such a fine store. Harley and Mary started dating her junior year of high school. She remembers going on lots of dates at the Apollo Dance Hall or dancing under the stars at open air dance parties in American Fork, ending the nights at the Wasatch Inn for sandwiches. They dated until Harley joined the Merchant Marines in spring of 1945. When the war ended, Harley took a 3-week leave to fly home, and Harley and Mary were married on Christmas Eve in Mary’s childhood home. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on October 6th, 1952. \n\nMary’s mother was an incredible seamstress and made all of her clothing. Mary was known for being “best dressed” in school because her mother had an amazing talent for design and sewed the most fashionable clothes and gowns for dances. This is a talent that Mary picked up from watching her mother sew throughout the years. Mary has spent a lot of her life sewing, stitching, and mending clothes for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and was a master seamstress, just like her mother. \n\nHarley and Mary are the parents of six children: Alan H Gillman (Flora), DeAnne Jacobson (Cregg), an infant daughter who died at birth, Quinn A Gillman (Kris), Shauna Woods (Bruce), and Angie Hunsaker (Jeff). Mary was an incredibly hard worker and was a very essential partner for Harley. She worked in the Alpine School district as a lunch lady for many years, and worked on the farm alongside Harley for most of their life. Her children remember her riding the tractor often, irrigating the farm in the middle of the nights when Harley was away, delivering pumpkins to grocery stores, and selling corn at a stand on the side of the road. She supported her husband in all that he did, all while balancing motherhood. Mary has been very involved in the lives of her five children, nineteen grandchildren, forty-six great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, and will be sorely missed by her family. She was well loved by her family for having a fiery and witty personality, doting on her grandchildren with birthday gifts and handmade Christmas pajamas, and being a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her absence from this world will be greatly noticed, but her family couldn’t be more joyful for the Heavenly reunion between Harley and Mary. \n\nA viewing will be held in her honor Thursday morning, November 2nd at the Orem Windsor Stake Center located at 1600 N 60 E Orem, UT from 9:00 - 10:45am. Funeral services will follow at 11am. A family graveside dedication will be held in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery following the funeral services.