Marilyn was a farm girl, born on the homestead outside of Spencer, Ia. to Merle and Gertie Heikens. She lived there until graduating from highschool, when she boarded a train for nursing school in Colorado. There, she met her sweetheart Bill, who was just out of the service and working toward his lifelong profession as an engineer. They were married in 1956 and raised four daughters and one son in Northglenn, Colo.
Marilyn stayed in nursing until she retired in 2000. She worked the 3-11 shift three days a week at Rose Memorial Hospital for over 40 years.
A dedicated nurse, she was an even more dedicated wife and mother. While her children grew, she baked, cooked, sewed, painted, planted, mowed and shared her love and support with family and friends in her Northglenn home.
With great sorrow, Marilyn said goodbye in 1987 to her son Tim, who had leukemia. She carried on in her gentle way, spreading her love and nurturing spirit to five grandchildren, Laralyn, Erick, Michael, Elena and Ben. She is
also survived by her dear sister Janet Heikens of Spencer, Ia.
Marilyn and Bill retired to Fruita, Colorado in 2000. She lived there in good health, enjoying mountain drives and scenery with Bill. In the last years of her life, she was slowed considerably by emphysema. She was diagnosed in the late stages of cancer just 10 days before her death.
Services to be held at Crown Hill in Denver at noon on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.