Marilyn J. Doerr

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.

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Jerry & Sharon Brayton
August 5, 2022 at 9:54 am

Her beautiful laugh and gentle ways will always be remembered in our hearts. Sorry for your loss.
Jerry & Sharon

Linda Brayton
August 6, 2022 at 7:21 am

What a gracious, lovely lady who set a wonderful example to all who knew her. Our prayers are with you all.

Jim and Linda Brayton

August 6, 2022 at 1:29 pm

I will always remember you Grandma and miss you so very much. I love you! Love, Mis

Debbie Buffington
August 7, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Kathy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was a very special lady to my family. Prayers for you and your family.
Heaven gained a beautiful angel! Marilyn was such a loving, kind, caring, hard working, beautiful lady!
Debbie (Nourse) Buffington.

Ricky Anderson
August 8, 2022 at 5:48 am

So very, very sorry for your loss.

Pastor Jim Planck
August 8, 2022 at 11:41 am

So sorry to hear of your loss and heaven’s gain. Praying for the family.

Jeffrey Weenink
August 9, 2022 at 4:22 pm

I remember with gratitude and fondness our dear Marilyn. She went with my mission teams into the Yucatan to serve among the Maya on many occasions. She took care of our culinary needs and became affectionately known as “Ma.” She was always a trooper and a wonderful travel mate. She laid a lot of masonry block and aided in the construction of many churches, schools, clinics and house-holds. She helped build buildings, but she also helped build lives.
She was a woman of faith, conviction and strength.

She and her co worker Mary Jane Whitehill single handedly kept me alive during a difficult bout with cancer. They concocted the right combination of vegetables in a soup and brought it by the gallons. It was the only thing that was even near palatable. It was nutricious. She help keep me alive.

We Weenink’s will never forget her. With fondness, affection and gratitude – We celebrate Marilyn’s “Ma’s” life well live.
Jeffrey and Jeanne Weenink – Jenn, Justyne, Jaime

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey D. Weenink

Dennis and Susan Reich
August 10, 2022 at 8:56 am

Aunt Marilyn will always be remembered for love of her family. I remember when she taught me how to make Buckeyes. We laughed so hard at her talent and lack of mine. Dennis remembers teasing her and her ability to come back with a witty response.
RIP Aunt Marilyn.
The Lord bless you and lift your soul.

With love, Dennis & Susie

Joan and Heidi Fulger (Ron Fulger)
August 11, 2022 at 5:01 pm

Marilyn was a sweet woman and had become a part of the Fulger family. She and Ronnie made a great couple and they cared deeply for each other. She will be missed. She played a mean game of sequence too, 🙂


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