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Marilyn Joan Wolvers

September 30, 1931 — December 24, 2022


Marilyn Joan Wolvers 

September 30, 1931-December 24, 2022 

Marilyn Joan Wolvers passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve after living a long, full life. She had mentioned on a number of occasions how she had never dreamed that she would live to be 91, but through her strong will and spirit....she did it! 

Marilyn was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 30, 1931...the only child of Christian William and Alice Muriel Wyatt Planje. Her family later moved to St. Louis, Missouri and then to Lincoln, California. Marilyn graduated from San Mateo High School in California, after which her father, who was employed by the Franciscan China Co., was transferred to Seattle, Washington. Marilyn then enrolled at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Marilyn graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Theatre, but left UPS with much more. It was there that Marilyn met and married the love of her life-Donald Alan Wolvers. The two were paired to play as husband and wife in one of the theatre productions there, and decided to make that pairing a reality-for the rest of their lives! 

Marilyn and Don were married on August 29, 1953 in Tacoma, Washington. Later, after converting to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, they were sealed to each other and their four children in the Provo, Utah LDS Temple in July of 1973. Marilyn loved her children fiercely. They along with her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the main priority and source of happiness in her life. As an only child-she couldn't believe that she had lived to be the matriarch to a family of 43! Marilyn also loved her faith, music, theatre, her friends, and the young adults that she and Don served so faithfully and lovingly for so many years while he served both as a counselor and later as Bishop in the Tacoma Young Adult Ward. Marilyn also loved chocolate, flowers, the color pink, and more chocolate! 

Marilyn is preceded in death by her husband Don, and is survived by her four children and their spouses: Cheryl (Gary) Lindstrom, Deonn (Doug) Bentley, Lara (Ron) Neville, and Mark (Brea) Wolvers. Her posterity also include 12 grandchildren; Brenna (Bryan) Smith, Brock (Carly) Bentley, Joel (Sara) Lindstrom, Travis (Lindsy) Bentley, Logan Bentley, Chad (Mallory) Lindstrom, Brianne (Brooks) Bergeson, Grant (Ashlee) Lindstrom, Aspen Neville, Ryker Wolvers, Cambri Wolvers, and Maddon Wolvers. Those grandchildren in turn blessed Marilyn with 16 great- grandchildren; Madyson, Macey & Presley Smith; Carter, Brynlee, & Brailee Bentley; Jaeda and Kate Lindstrom; Lydia Bentley; Reese, Miles & Halle Lindstrom; and Beckam, Stockton, Livy & Rigley Bergeson. 

Though she has left us for a time, she will continue to live on through the lives of her family who love her and will miss her deeply, as well all of those that she has touched with her kind and selfless nature. 

A private graveside service for the family will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 @ the New Tacoma Cemetery. 

A special thanks for those who befriended our dear mother/grandmother at The Meadows in St George, UT -as well as to Zion's Way Hospice who cared for her in her final days there. 

To send flowers to the family in memory of Marilyn, please reach out to Brown's Flowers at 253-472-3361.



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