Marilyn NyalLast evening my dear husband received a telephone call telling us that his sister, Marilyn had passed away. Of course there were many tears. We loved her so much. I have many favorite memories of this dear sister of ours. My first meeting with Don and Marilyn was when I began dating my sweet husband. At that time their daughter Kelly Jayne was 18 months old. I remember she was always dressed in the cutest of clothes and you just wanted to hold and hug her. Marilyn loved children and has been a wonderful mother and grandmother.
I treasured my times with Marilyn. I didn't have any sisters so Marilyn and Gloria were my sisters too. I loved visiting their home. Don and Marilyn's homes was always so beautifully decorated and there was always a warm, inviting, cozy feeling within the home. Through the years Don and Marilyn not only remodeled their homes; but even built one.
Roger has many memories of times with Don and Marilyn. They spent a good deal of time helping their parents re-do areas of their home. Roger remembers helping with wallpapering and painting. He also loved to help them decorate their Christmas trees. Don decorated Christmas trees at Z.C.M.I. and often times he would have Roger help him. Don often took Roger fishing; which was so much fun.
Roger said one of his favorite memories was around Christmas time his mother took him to Don and Marilyn's where they spent the evening making Christmas cookies and plum pudding. He loved those outings.
One endearing memory was when I first met the family; his sisters call him Sammy. This was a nickname that Marilyn had given him. Through the years that is what they have called him. I think it was so sweet and I love his nickname of Sammy.
Don and Marilyn
Together Forever ~
Together Forever ~
Don and Marilyn had three lovely and beautiful children, two daughters, Kelly Jayne and Kathryn Anne and a son, Patrick James. Two of the children served honorable missions and have all been faithful members of the church.
|Patrick, Heidi and family|
Marilyn served in many callings in the church.Later on she was called to be the Relief Society President. At that time she didn't drive; so either Don would take her to the visits or she would walk over to help someone in need. She was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marilyn was a beautiful faithful daughter of God and last night I could just picture her meeting with her parents and now being free from the limitations of her body. We will miss knowing that she is here; but have deep faith that we will see her again.
Our Birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting.
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter Nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
- Williams Wordsworth
When mourning the loss of our departed family or friends, I cannot help but think that in every death there is a birth; the spirit leaves the body dead to us, and passes to the other side of the veil alive to that great and noble company that are also working for the accomplishment of the purpose of God, in the redemption and salvation of a fallen world.
- Wilford Woodruff