Marilyn Messersmith

Obituary of Marilyn Messersmith

Marilyn Ann (Peterson) Messersmith, 84, Kokomo, went to be with the Lord at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Rolling Meadows Health Care in LaFontaine. She was born in Marion on May 25, 1933, to the late Garl and Anna (Myers) Peterson. She married Kenneth Messersmith, and he survives.

Marilyn was a graduate of Van Buren High School. She began her career at Grant County TB Association, where she was Executive Director. She also worked at Walmart in Florida, for whom she enjoyed writing newsletters. She finished out her career at Walmart in Kokomo and at J.C. Penney in Marion.

Marilyn was a member of Temple Congregation in Marion and also a member of the Women's Fellowship at the church. She was a former deaconess of the Women of the Moose and former member of ABWA and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. In her younger years, Marilyn went on many business trips as an air cadet. She loved to read and travel.

She is survived by her step-children, Ron (Joyce) Messersmith, Evansville, Jim Messersmith, Columbus, Ohio, Karen Yonts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Rich (Alicia) Messersmith, Bainbridge, Georgia; step-grandchildren, Kurt (Shanna) Messersmith, Kelly (Jeremy) Salee, Kyle (Kara) Messersmith; step-great-grandchildren, Jada Paul, Evan, and Cody Messersmith, Colton and Carter Salee, and Nora Messersmith; brothers, James E. (Bobbie) Peterson and William F. (Peggy) Peterson; brothers- and sisters-in-laws, Walter Himelick, Robert (Carolyn) Messersmith, Carl (Barbara) Messersmith, Norma (Thomas) Serrazzano, Phyllis (Robert) Cupp, Thomas (Cheryl) Messersmith, and Jacquelyn (Gene) Smith; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, John, Robert, and Howard Peterson; sister, Margaret Cunningham; sister-in-law, Marilyn Himelick; and brother-in-law, William Messersmith.

The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. to 12 noon with Marilyn's funeral service beginning at 12 noon on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN. Rev. Roslyn Harrison will be officiating with burial following at Gardens of Memory.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer's Association, First Christian Church, or Temple Congregation.

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