Lillian Marie Gurr (West) died peacefully in her sleep, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Kanab, Utah at age 77. Lili was born May 22, 1943, in Columbia SC to Eldon Judd West and Edna Martin. As a family, they moved to Ogden UT when she was young and graduated from Ben Lomond High School. She then went on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Paris, France. She loved the people and language so much that she spent her life speaking and teaching French to high school and college students and anyone else that wanted to learn the language. If she even heard a French accent she was right there speaking to them.
Lili married Robert Dean Gurr (Bob) on February 2, 1967, in the Salt Lake Temple. She graduated from Weber State College and while living in Northern Utah had 3 children; a son, and 2 daughters. Their little family then moved to Mesa, AZ for 25 years and made many friends and memories. While in Mesa they had another son and 2 more daughters. Lili always missed Utah and wanted to return, and in 1996 moved to Kanab and has loved the red hills and community ever since.
Lili had such a huge heart and loved fiercely. She wanted to take in all the stray animals and stray kids. She has helped many friends and family with a place to live and a full belly.
Lili also loved music with her whole heart. She started taking piano lessons when she was young and became so proficient that she could pretty much play any piece placed in front of her. Her most loved callings in the Church was primary pianist and ward organist. She also had a great love for art. In the last few years of her life with her health being in decline, she was able to sketch many family and friends. How blessed are we to have those now.
Her greatest love of course is her husband, all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; but a big part of her heart was for her Savior. Even through some hard times with very serious pain and health issues, her faith and testimony never wavered in her lifetime.
Lili will be missed so very much, but we know she is now pain free and happy.
Lillian is survived by her husband Robert Gurr, her siblings, Judd and Linda West and Kathy and Kent Connelly, her children Robert and Stephanie Gurr, Karyn Gurr, Cherilyn and Jake Taylor, Cami and Jeff Scholzen, Mike and Becky Gurr, and Christi and Zac Hancock. She has 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
A public viewing will be held at Mosdell Mortuary from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 15.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private funeral will be held Saturday, January 16 at 11:00 AM. Funeral services will be broadcast with the following link: https://youtu.be/gHA5RAG39zQ