It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Nancy Marie Fouts on January 25, 2020. She died comfortably in her sleep surrounded by her two sons. Marie was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on June 12, 1938. She was raised in Arco, Idaho. A small town with the distinction of being the first city ever to be powered by nuclear power. She was the 5th of 10 brothers and sisters born into the McKenzie family. Raised on the farm, her responsibility during harvest was to count the number of bags of potatoes that had been picked. She showed her spirit of independence early in life when she went to work at the local print shop at the age of 16 setting up the type for the local newspaper. The money she made with this job she shared with the family to help the household. This revealed the wonderful big heart she had and manifested it every day of her life. Striking out on her own, she moved to Idaho Falls where she met the love of her life Wallace Leo Fouts whom she remained happily married for 45 years. Marie was a wonderful wife and mother. She loved playing board games and cards with her friends and family. She loved watching football and baseball games and was a winner numerous times in the family football pool. She enjoyed bowling and shared golf with Wally as a pastime activity for over twenty years. Marie had a great love for children and would always light up when she got a chance to meet and interact with them. She was taken swiftly by aggressive cancer. She is survived by her two sons, Thomas Leslie Fouts and Miguel Laurence Fouts and, enjoyed five grandchildren and a great grandchild. Please make donations to the Marie Fouts Big Heart Fund at St. Jude’s in lieu of flowers.

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  1. What a wonderful woman and I have such fond memories of Marie and living at the apartments with everyone! Sending you all love, hugs and prayers!! Marie will definitely be missed and I’m glad she has been reunited with her true love!

  2. Please add the condolences sent to Miguel on Facebook – from each of us.

    Mell and Norma knew Marie and Wally for over fifty years and shared many happy family times in Mexico. We watched the moon landing together in 1969. We shared Thanksgiving and Christmas and Birthday celebrations for many years. We rode donkeys in Mexican villages with the kids and swam in a health enhancing mud spa.. The kids tubed down a rough water creek. We enjoyed functions at The University of the Americas when Wally lectured in the School of Management. We were delighted when they flew all the way to Australia for a holiday. After retirement, on our vacation stopovers in LA, we enjoyed margaritas and ate Mexican meals together. We always felt part of the Fouts family, including Wally’s mother Mary, and his brother Tom and his wife, when we visited California and also met residents in ‘the apartments’. Marie was a good friend and will be missed. Our condolences to all her family.

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