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OBIT: Marilyn Joann Myli

Marilyn J. Myli, 87 of Kensett died Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at her home. Funeral Services will be held 1:30pm Monday, May 13, 2024 at Elk Creek Lutheran Church.

Marilyn J. Myli, 87 of Kensett died Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at her home.

Funeral Services will be held 1:30pm Monday, May 13, 2024 at Elk Creek Lutheran Church, 4108 Killdeer Ave, Kensett, with Pastor Linda Johnson-Prestholt officiating. She will be laid to rest at Elk Creek Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Marilyn Joann Myli was born on November 9, 1936, in Kensett, the daughter of Rudolph and Mabel (Redalen) Myli. Her roots were firmly planted in the Elk Creek Lutheran Church, where she was both baptized and confirmed. Marilyn’s education began at Brookfield Township #8, where she spent her formative years before graduating from Kensett High School in 1954.
Driven by a passion for art, Marilyn pursued higher education at Luther College and later transferred to Iowa State University, earning her teaching degree in Art Education in 1958. Her career as an art educator took her to Mapleton, MN, Rock Rapids, IA, and Clear Lake, IA, leaving behind a lineage of inspired students and creative endeavors. Whether she was sketching with pencil, painting with acrylics, or manipulating watercolors, Marilyn’s artistic talent was evident in every stroke. Her musical talents were equally impressive, cultivated through piano lessons during her time at Luther College.
Upon retirement, she stayed on the family farm, where she dutifully cared for her mother and brother Harlan until their passing.

Active in the community, Marilyn dedicated herself to Elk Creek Lutheran Church, contributing her time to various activities including the Rachel Circle, WELCA, and serving on the church council. Her warm spirit shone through as she organized programs for WELCA and served coffee after services. She looked forward to the regular gatherings with her retired colleagues.

Family held a special place in Marilyn’s heart, particularly her nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She cherished their company, always eager to hear about their lives and adventures. During the summers and falls, Marilyn found joy at the cottage on Moose Lake near Hayward, WI, shared alongside her sister Ruth and dear friend Louise Koch. Surrounded by nature, she found peace watching deer and wild turkeys roam, while delighting in the company of various birds that frequented the farm.
Marilyn’s affection for animals, particularly cats, was well-known. She cared for her mother’s cat, Inga, and her sister Ruth’s cat, Pumpkin, after Ruth’s passing. She lavished attention on Erling’s cat, Lucky, and eagerly looked forward to visiting and feeding Lucky while Erling and Vada were away. Through her kindness and compassion, Marilyn created a haven for both humans and animals alike, leaving behind a legacy of love and creativity that will be cherished by those that loved her.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Erling Myli of Kensett, IA; sister-in-law, Sue Myli of Lake Mills; nephew, Brian Myli of Las Vegas, NV, Joel (Lisa) Myli of Clinton, IA; nieces, Amy (Troy) Anderson of Las Vegas, NV, and Kari Myli (Richard) Arndt of Sauk City, WI; great nieces and nephew, Kali (Phillip) PatzKowsky, Sara (Claire) Myli, Lexi Myli, and Bret Myli; great-great nephew, Paxton Myli (son of Sara and Claire Myli); as well as other extended family members, countless students and cherished friends.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Mabel Myli; sister, Ruth Myli, who died in 2006; brothers, Harlan Myli, who died in 2014 and Russell who died in 2019; and her sister-in-law, Vada Myli, who died in 2023.

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