Marilyn E. Chappell

Marilyn E. Chappell

Marilyn Elizabeth (Allen) Chappell born August 31, 1930 died Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Allegan County Medical Care Community, surrounded by family.

Marilyn was the only daughter of Raymond and Frances Allen and was born and raised in Kalamazoo. She graduated from Western State High School. She became the bride of David Chappell on September 30, 1950 and together they raised seven children.

When not busy raising her family, Marilyn had worked at Bronson Hospital, Michigan Bell Telephone and Plainwell High School. She eventually retired from Parker Hannifin Brass Division in Otsego.

Marilyn enjoyed tole’ painting, knitting and various crafts, but was especially fond of quilting. She enjoyed flowers, bird watching, sewing, bingo, card games, swimming, sunbathing, sailing, traveling and baking bread for her grandson, Charlie. She was very dedicated to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She had struggled with dementia for many years. She had a wonderful wit and was so expressive that even when she could no longer form words, she was able to be understood by her tone. She was cared for by her loving husband Dave until he became ill in 2014. After Dave’s death, Marilyn resided at Allegan County Medical Care Community until her passing. They provided excellent, loving care to Marilyn for over two years.

Surviving are 6 of her 7 children, Gregory (Jodi) of Yakima, WA, Jeff (Char) of Plainwell, Jennifer (Tim) Mitchell of Otsego, David (Gail Harmon) of Shelbyville, Nancy (John) Eaton of Kalamazoo and Joel of Otsego; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Michele; granddaughter, Erica Mitchell; great-granddaughter, Audrey Mellis and by her brothers, Don and Ken.

Friends may visit with Marilyn’s family from 4-7 PM, Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a Rosary at 6:30 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, October 2, 2017 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev. Fr Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Marilyn may be made to Allegan County Medical Care Community.

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  1. nancy lang thomas says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Marilyn. She was a wonderful person and I loved her. I am sending condolences and love to all family members. I wish I could be there. Hugs,

  2. Theresa Sours says:

    My sympathy to the entire Mitchell family. Jennifer and Tim have been my neighbors for many years. May God comfort them and their family through this difficult time.

  3. Agnes Vanarsdal says:

    So very sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. I worked with her at Parker and got to keep updates on her, through Steve and Neta Chappell after she retired.
    May God’s grace be with all the family.

  4. Amelia Green says:

    Thank you for allowing me to care for Marilyn while she was at ACMCC! She and her witty personality will most certainly be missed. I always knew that I would leave my conversations with Marilyn with a smile on my face. My prayers and thoughts are with you all!

  5. Micki Pasteur says:

    So sad to hear about the passing of Aunt Marilyn. She was a wonderful person with a great smile and will leave a big hole in the hearts of those close to her. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. With Love, Micki and Ernie Pasteur

  6. Peg Williams says:

    So sorry I can’t be with you during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate your Mom’s life. Aunt Marilyn was a wonderful and kind woman who will be missed by all who knew her. It makes me smile to think that she and Uncle Dave are together again. Love to all, Peg

  7. su johnson says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Marilyn was a very funny lady, she was sweet and kind, but she could be a little crazy at times too. We had lots of good times, we worked together at Parker brass for years. May God hold you in his loving hands at this time of sorrow.

  8. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with you and hope that your special and fond memories will comfort you through the coming days and months. Your Mom was a special person and will be missed by so many. Take care now.

  9. Jim and Carleen Gilligan says:

    Dave and Gail, we’re sorry to hear of your loss.

  10. Jason and Sue Boyer and Family says:

    Nancy, John and Family. We are sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything please do not hesitate to give us a call. May God be with you during your time of need.

  11. JoAnn Burchett says:

    Marilyn was a character and I greatly enjoyed being with her. Marilyn, Dave and my parents, Don and Pat Moody, spent many happy hours together and now they’re together in Heaven. My sincere sympathy to all of you.

  12. margaret chappell says:

    Hi –
    So sorry I couldn’t make the service for Aunt Marilyn. Hope you all are doing well. So sorry for your loss. Aunt Marilyn was the last of the generation before us – how sad they are all gone.

  13. Tim & Laurie Andrus says:

    I attended many quilting sessions at Quilt’s Etc. in Plainwell and had the privilege of sitting across from Marilyn. What a TREAT she was!

    My heart goes out to the family – she will definitely be missed by many.

  14. Brenda Loviska says:

    I just now learned of Marilyn’s passing. I am so sorry for your great loss! She was a wonderful person that had so many talents. She will be missed by so many of her friends and family. May God comfort you all and bless you with many happy memories…

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