Marilyn M. Mahlke, 81, of Minot, died Saturday evening, July 5, 2014, at her home of natural causes.
She was born April 13, 1933, to John C. and Merna (Thoms) Martin at their farm home in Clementsville. She married Emil Mahlke Jr. of Wimbledon on Oct. 12, 1950. Once their eight children reached school age Marilyn worked as a nurses aide and she also drove school bus for four years. During her lifetime she lived in Spiritwood, Westport, S.D., Pleasant Lake, Rugby, Denver and Lewistown, Mont. She spent the past 13 years in Lewistown caring for her mother until her passing in December 2013, at which time she relocated to Minot.
The most important things in Marilyn's life were her family, her church and anybody who needed a helping hand. She enjoyed her card club, baking, embroidery, playing bingo and reading. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lewistown and had plans to join Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Minot but her health declined and she became homebound. Pastor Dan of Our Savior's visited with her several times prior to her passing.
She is survived by: her children, Jeffrey (Pam) Mahlke, of Frederick, S.D., Rodney (Nancy) Mahlke, of Spokane, Wash., Thomas (Deb) Mahlke, of Elm Lake, S.D., Pamela (Casper) Berdahl, of Minot, Michele (Bruce) Hancock, of Minot, John (Sheila) Mahlke, of Moorhead, Minn., Leann (Rick) Slaubaugh, of Rolette, and James Mahlke, of Fargo; her brothers, Fred (Carol) Martin and Del (Joan) Martin, both of Jamestown; sisters, Elsie (Bill) Huss, of Great Falls, Mont., and Jackie McClure, of Wickenburg, Ariz. When Marilyn left for heaven she had 21 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
A Celebration of Life service: will be held in late August in Frederick, S.D., and her ashes will be spread by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in Westport.
Friends are asked to make memorials to: Council on Aging and mailed to Michele Hancock, 1205-6th St. NE, Minot, ND 58703 who will forward them to the organization.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).