Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 26, 2007
OBITUARY ~ MARILYN SUE (GERMAN) WILKEY
Marilyn Sue (GERMAN) WILKEY of Ellston, Iowa passed away April 17, 2007. She was born February 18, 1928 at General
Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa and was adopted by Clyde and Florence (NOBLES) GERMAN as an infant. She attended country
school through the 8th grade, entering her freshman year at Ellston High School. The next four years she enjoyed
playing basketball, softball, and being in class plays until she graduated in 1956.
On October 5, 1955, Marilyn was united in marriage to Jack B. WILKEY in Leon, Iowa. To this union four children were
born. Jack & Marilyn raised their family on a farm in Union Township, north of Ellston along Sand Creek, and still
lived there until her passing, as that is where she loved to be.
Marilyn was a very dedicated, hard working farm wife and mother, working in the fields, milking cows, raising
livestock and gardening alongside her husband, Jack. She also drove a school bus for 25 years for the Grand Valley
Community Schools, enjoying watching her children grow up a well as a host of other children whom she thought of as
her own; though sometimes she needed a firm hand to keep them all in line while driving them to school and extra
Other favorite pastimes Marilyn enjoyed were selling Mason shoes, selling seed corn and beans, hauling gravel,
playing cards and games, and her most favorite, music. She taught herself to play the piano, accordion, violin-uke,
banjo, and guitar and played the coronet in the high school band. Playing in local jam sessions with family and
friends and playing and singing around for the community and church was something Marilyn really enjoyed.
Marilyn accepted Christ as her savior as a young women in the Ellston United Methodist Church, where she was a
member, and then reaffirmed her commitment to Christ in the Regular Baptist Church in Mount Ayr in 1994.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by Jack, her husband of over 51 years; sons Steven (Diana) of Gretna, NE, Aaron (Renee) of Tingley,
IA, Curtis (Barbara) of Ellston, IA; and a daughter Brenda (Jeff) WOODY of Mount Ayr, IA; grandchildren Dan & Amy
WILKEY of Gretna, NE, Nick, Jason, and Kristin WILKEY of Tingley, Amanda (Tomie) OVERHOLSER and Adam JACKSON of
Maloy, IA, Cameron WODDY of Mount Ayr; one great-grandson, Carter; four step-grandchildren: two sisters Ruby (Carl)
DAVIS of Thayer, IA and Donella (Lee) CREVELING of Ellston; many nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the
United Methodist Church of Ellston, with Rev. Joyce SMITH and Rev. Charles HAWKINS officiating. Musicians were Marcia
JONES, Andy TRULLINGER, Mary DAVENPORT and Margaret BICKERS.
Honorary pallbearers were Dick STILL, Ed STILL, Arvin Van
HALL, Jerry PETERSON and Rex FOWLER.
Marilyn was laid at rest by a private committal in the Ellston Cemetery in
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Friday, April 20, 2007
OBITUARY - MARILYN SUE (GERMAN) WILKEY
Marilyn WILKEY, 69, of Ellston died April 17, 2007, at her home.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21,
at Ellston United Methodist Church. The Rev. Joyce SMITH and the Rev. Charles HAWKINS will officiate the service. Private
burial will be in Ellston Cemetery at a later date. Open visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday with the family
receiving friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. Memorials
may be directed to Ellston United Methodist Church and Hospice of Central Iowa. Online condolences may be left at:
Marilyn WILKEY, daughter of Florence (NOBLES) and adopted by Clyde GERMAN, was born February
18, 1938, in Des Moines. Marilyn graduated from Ellston High School in 1956. On October 5, 1955, Marilyn married Jack B.
WILKEY in Leon. She was a farm wife, drove a school bus 25 years for Grand Valley Schools, sold Mason Shoes and seed
corn, and hauled gravel. She was a member of Ellston United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband Jack WILKEY
of Ellston; three sons, Steve (wife Diana) WILKEY of Gretna, Neb., Aaron (wife Renee) WILKEY of Tingley and Curtis
(wife Barbara) WILKEY of Ellston; daughter Brenda (husband Jeff) WOODY of Mount Ayr; two sisters, Ruby (husband Carl)
DAVIS of Thayer and Donella (husband Lee) CREVELING of Ellston; eight grandchildren, Dan, Amy, Nick, Jason and Kristin
WILKEY, Amanda (husband Tomie) OVERHOLSER, Adam JACKSON and Cameron WOODY; four step-grandchildren; and great-grandson
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents.
Interment at Ellston Cemetery.
Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, February 2009