Marilyn Gathman

Friday, April 20, 2012

Services for Marilyn Gathman, 75, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Everly, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer. Rev. Russell Muilenburg will officiate the service.

Burial at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly.

Mrs. Gathman passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Spencer Hospital.

Marilyn Mae Gathman, the daughter of Wilbur and Gertrude Leslie, was born May 22, 1936, in Everly. She received her early education in Everly and graduated from the Everly High School in 1954. Following her schooling, Marilyn worked for her mother in Molly's Café in Everly.

On Jan. 26, 1957, Marilyn married Douglas George Gathman of Hartley. They were married at the United Methodist Church in Everly. Following their marriage, they made their home in Everly where she spent her time being a homemaker. She enjoyed the time she was able to spend with her family and doing the things that make a house a home. Her grandchildren helped to fulfill her life and made it very enjoyable spending as much time as possible with them. She liked to golf and bowl. Her favorite time was the time she spent with the love of her life, her husband, whether it was doing yard work or other things. She was a member of the Good News Community Church in Okoboji and was very involved at the Community of Grace Church in Peoria, Arizona where she and Doug spent their winters.

She is preceded in death by an infant daughter on May 22, 1962; her parents and grandparents; one brother, Lawrence Leslie; and one sister, Idelene Tessum.

She is survived by her husband, Doug of Spirit Lake; two sons and their wives: Tracy Bill and Debbie of Monroe, and Michael Bradley and Tracy Lynn of Spencer; one daughter and her husband, Jodi Kae and Chad Pottorff of Spirit Lake; seven grandchildren: Christopher, Daniel, Zachary, Tyrell, Brett, Adrienne and Shelby; one great-grandson, Ayen Gathman; four brothers: Clarence, Clifford, Walter and Robert; several nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Everly is in charge of arrangements.