Marjorie Andelin Crittenden, long-time Milton resident, turns 90 years young on January 27th. Born in 1921, in Richfield, Utah, to Bertran Youth and Gladys Jensen Andelin, Marge was the second of seven children.
Marge moved to Ogden at a young age. There she attended school and was part of the first graduating class that went two full years to the newly-built Ogden High School. She enrolled at Weber College majoring in art. She was also active in singing and dancing both of which were life-long passions and talents.
Even though she had the chance to study dance at Julliard School of Dance in New York City, Marge chose to stay in Utah and marry her sweetheart Don N. Crittenden. They were married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on Feb. 11, 1944. Don finished his studies at Utah State University and eventually moved Marge and their young son Karl to Roosevelt to teach at Union High. Three more children joined their family before they moved back to Ogden in 1957, where their youngest son was born.
In the early 60s, after purchasing property in Milton, Don and his oldest sons began building the home Don and Marge live in today. It has a rustic yet homey charm thanks to natural elements like desert rock fireplaces and open-beam ceilings along with Marge’s incredible sense of artistic and decorating style.
Marge’s talents span multiple areas. She is an accomplished painter, an avid quilter, a creative crafter who has often been called upon to furnish decorations for banquets or parties which she does beautifully with things that most people would discard as trash. She worked for more than 30 years at Klenke Floral in Ogden becoming their chief wedding designer and Christmas display artist.
Her interests include anything cultural from visual to performing arts of all types. She loves the ballet, concerts, plays and can boast having attended the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City every season for the past 38 years.
Another side of her diverse character is a love of nature and the beauty of the outdoors. Being the daughter of a painter, she learned to look at the splendor of nature with awe and admiration. “God will paint you a picture every day, if you will just look for it,” her father taught her. She instilled that same reverence and appreciation in her children.
Along with her love of painting the beauties of nature, she enjoyed other outdoor activities and could shoot a gun with the best of them. She has carried home her share of deer alongside her hunter, outdoorsman husband.
Marge loves to travel and has been on many exciting excursions to places like Spain, Germany, England, Scotland, Alaska, and Hawaii as well as wonderful trips within the continental United States.
An active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Marge has served in many capacities including Cub Scout leader, Primary and Relief Society teacher, visiting teacher, foreign language extraction, and singing in the ward choir. She also enjoys singing with the community choir.
While she has had many wonderful experiences, when asked to pick something that really stands out in her mind, Marge reveals, with a twinkle in her eye, “I’ve danced with Gene Kelly.”
Marge’s children and spouses are: Karl Crittenden (deceased); Kerry and Karen Crittenden (Whitefish, MT); Marjorie Anderson (Brigham City, UT); Kurt and Vicki Crittenden (Spokane, WA); Shawn Crittenden (Eden, UT).
They invite friends and family to join them in celebration at an open house from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn, 4 N Main, Morgan.