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Marilyn R. Buist

Marilyn R. Buist of Kalamazoo, MI, age 88 passed away December 23, 2023, at Bronson Methodist Hospital after a long battle with COPD. Marilyn was born on October 10, 1935, in Plainwell, MI, the daughter of Leroy and Helen (McGeath) Davis. Marilyn graduated from Otsego High School and Western Michigan College.

On April 21, 1957, she married Phillip Buist of Kalamazoo who preceded her in death in 2022 after 65 years of marriage. Marilyn is survived by daughter Karen (Don) Dombrowski, son Timothy Buist, grandsons Tanner (Amaira) and Carter (Hannah) Buist, brother Jack (Patricia) Davis, brother-in-law Lee (Shelley) Buist, four great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Marilyn lived her strong faith in God and was a longtime member of Portage United Church of Christ. She loved keeping in touch with family, collecting antiques, and traveling – particularly to Ireland. She was an avid sports fan, especially of Western Michigan Bronco basketball and football.

A celebration of life, followed by private family committal service at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego will be held on a later date.

Memorial gifts are suggested to be directed to Heritage Community Foundation Legacy Fund.

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December 28, 2023 at 1:36 pm

Karen and family,

Thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time.


Ron L Strater

January 2, 2024 at 12:35 pm

Dear Karen and Tim,

Your parents were very nice people. Sorry for your loss.

Ron Strater


Scott VanderNoot

January 2, 2024 at 2:30 pm


I’m sorry to read that your mom has now passed. Hold your parents and memories close to your heart.


Sara Wick

January 7, 2024 at 3:15 pm

Dear Karen and Tim:

I’m so sorry about Marilyn’s passing. As a long time member of PUCC , I very much appreciated her devotion to our Family of Faith and the Southwest Association. She knew our history and and provided lots of valuable information. I have many fond memories of lively and interesting conversations with both Marilyn and Phil. And , oh, how she loved those WMU Broncos. She will be missed. May you find strength, courage and peace during this sad time.

Sara Wick


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