Marlene M. (Dec) Braxton, age 78, of Lansing, MI, passed away January 6, 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She was a graduate of Bowen High School and received her Registered Nurse training at Illinois Masonic. Marlene worked at Sparrow Hospital, Mary Avenue Care Center and The Pines Nursing Home, all in Lansing, where she was regarded for her teaching and kindness to both residents and coworkers alike. She was a member of the Lake Lansing Sailing club, an amateur meteorologist, an avid reader and an accomplished chef – she enjoyed trying new recipes and the latest cooking technology. Most importantly, Marlene was a dedicated wife and mother, tirelessly working to provide for her family.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Stella Dec, her brothers Joseph (Butchie) and Michael (Terry) Dec, and her husband Thomas Braxton. Marlene is survived by her daughters Kimberly Redzimski and her husband Paul, Becky Feldpausch and her husband Pat, and Mary Keating and her husband Reidar. She is also survived by many whom she cherished: sister-in-law Madeleine Dec, nephews Alex and Michael, nieces Gloria and Nicole, and grandchildren P.J., Abbey, Jacob, Joseph, Eleanor and Lilly.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. Her family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or the Capital Area Humane Society, as Marlene had true compassion for her dogs and was well known for spoiling them.