Marilyn Moger Heck

Aug. 10, 1935 – May 31, 2019

Marilyn passed away on May 31, 2019

from complications with pneumonia at St.

John’s Hospital in Jackson with her loved

ones around her.

Marilyn Moger was born Aug. 10, 1935,

to Robert S. Moger and Mary Esther Norman

in Essex County, N.J. A Jersey girl at heart,

Marilyn spent many of her summers at the

Jersey shore and upstate New York at Lake


In high school, Marilyn was given the

name “Mighty Moe” for her prowess in academics

and athletics. Upon graduation from

high school in 1953, Marilyn went on to nursing

school in New York City, earning a bachelor’s

degree of science in nursing.

On March 2, 1957, Marilyn married Richard

Heck, whom she had met on one of her

summer trips to Lake George. They were

married in Caldwell, N.J., in their parents’

home. After a honeymoon in Quebec, Canada,

Marilyn and Richard started their married

life in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In 1959, they

welcomed their first child Taryn. Then 1960

brought the birth of their son Kurt.

Marilyn loved spending time with her

children on the beautiful beaches of Florida.

However, in 1964, the family moved north to

Ohio for Richard’s work and remained there

for three years until transferring to Farmington,


After her children started school, Marilyn

continued to work as a registered nurse

at Redford Memorial Hospital in Redford,

Mich., and Oak Hill Nursing Home in Farmington,


In the summer of 1974, Marilyn’s children

came to Jackson to visit their grandmother. At

the end of the summer when their father Richard

drove from Michigan to Wyoming to pick

them up and return home, Richard decided he

liked Jackson too much and decided to stay.

Long story short – Marilyn, a Jersey girl,

moved to Jackson to join the family. It was

a big adjustment for “Moe,” but she grew to

love Jackson and all the life-long friends she

made. Through the years, Marilyn continued

to work as a nurse at

Grand Teton Lodge

during the summer

months and focused

on home health care

in the off-season in

Jackson and the surrounding


Marilyn’s biggest

love, of course, was

her family – the biggest

joy in her life.

She always talked about how fortunate she

had been to see her children and grandchildren

grow up in such a beautiful place. She

was honored to live long enough to welcome

seven great-grandchildren.

She was often called the family historian

having the incredible ability to remember

everyone’s birthday and anniversary without

fail, never missing to send a birthday or anniversary

card. If she knew you, you probably

received a card from her for whatever reason

she chose.

Rest in peace mom, grandma, and greatgrandma.

You will forever be in our thoughts

and prayers.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents

Robert and Mary, brother Seth Moger,

sisters Martha and Sheila, husband Richard

Heck and sister-in-law Margo Macleod.

She is survived by daughter Taryn Heck

Eiden (Greg) of Big Piney; son Kurt Heck

(Tracy) of Edmonds, Wash.; grandchildren

Marilyn Erickson (Kyle) of Vernal, Utah,

Meghan Whittaker (Michael) of Chubbuck,

Idaho, Greg Eiden Jr. (Olivia) of Big Piney,

Kaysha Heck of Jackson, Seth Heck of Seattle,

Wash.; and great-grandchildren Leyf and

Duke Erickson, Aniyah and Dominic Whittaker,

Weston, Harper and Rhaven Eiden.

A memorial service will be conducted at

the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole,

1251 South Park Loop Road, on June 30, at

4 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to th


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