Age 89, passed away August 3, 2022. She was born April 18, 1933 in Lansing to the late Fred and Ethel (Dalton) VanPatten. Marilyn was raised in Dimondale, and was a graduate of Dimondale High School. Marilyn worked for 40 plus years at Holt Schools, where she cooked and scheduled meals for K-12. In her free time Marilyn enjoyed many activities such as rug hooking, china painting, bowling, fishing, baking, going to the casino, and earlier in life going on mission trips with her church, the First Presbyterian Church of Holt. She also loved lake life when she started going to Houghton Lake in 1949, after her parents built a place on the north shore of the lake. She instilled the love of fishing and being on the water to her children, grandchildren and all that came to visit at the lake.
Marilyn is survived by her children: Kathy (Chuck) Cribley, Kris (Susan) Doerr and Jason (Andrea) Doerr; grandchildren: Melissa (Mark) Wahl, Sarah (Shane) Rugg, Kris (Beth) Doerr, Jr., Cherraline Doerr, Staccie (Joey) Warren, Andy (Kali) Ley, Ryan (Katie) Ley, Jace Doerr, Josh (Kailyn) Oliver, Caitlyn Oliver, Jake (Mercedes) Oliver, and Cassie (Oryan) Oliver; and 18 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ellery R. Doerr, her special companion Ron O’Brien, and siblings: Betty, Norma, and Fred, Jr.
The funeral service for Marilyn will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. Visitation will be Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services.