At 92, Marian peacefully earned her heavenly wings on New Year’s Eve, 2016. She had resided in assisted living / memory care since 2012. Fondly referred to by her care team as “happily and pleasantly confused”, she began her journey with vascular dementia in 2008.
Born in Montgomery County, Kansas, to James Allen and Elouise McDowell, Marian spent her childhood on a farm with her parents, two brothers – Rex and Jack, and one sister – Joyce. She and her siblings walked to a country schoolhouse for grades 1 thru 8, and then graduated from high school in 1941 in the nearby small town of Elk City, Kansas. She married her high school sweetheart in 1942.
Marian was preceded in death by numerous loved ones, including her parents, one brother, Rex, and three husbands – Vernon Wilson, Richard Sprecher and Robert “Bob” Saker. She is survived by her sister, Joyce Hurt, and brother, Jack McDowell; her son and his wife, Dan and Susan Wilson; and her daughter and her husband, Lola and Bob Kruse. Her 5 grandchildren, Lynn Hawley, Jennifer Wenzel, Brett Dausses, Jacob Wilson, and Brad Dausses, and their spouses, gave her 13 beautiful great-grandchildren. She was also blessed with 7 step-grandchildren and their families, including 10 step-great grandchildren. “Gigi” was certainly surrounded with love and will be forever missed.
A family memorial will be announced at a later date. In lieu of time and travel expenses and/or flowers, her children – Dan and Lola – suggest that you send a tax-deductible donation to The Alzheimer’s Association to help fight Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. It is our prayer that this painful “long goodbye” may someday not exist for future generations.
It’s not “goodbye Mom”…it’s “see you later.”
Mom, you live inside my heart and inside my laughter.
You’re the place I came from…my first home…my first best friend.
Your face was my first love, and discovering your smile was the first time I knew I was loved unconditionally.
Your twinkling eyes were the first place where I got lost, and your voice was my first soothing lullaby.
Your arms were outstretched at the end of my very first journey, because you were the first one I wanted to come home to.
You were the one I called when I first fell in love, and the first one I called the first time my heart was broken.
When my children were born, you were the first one I told…it’s a girl, it’s a boy, it’s another boy!…and (besides their dad), you were the first one I trusted with their tiny lives.
Years later, you were the first one I called when my grandchildren were born…your great-grandchildren.
Now, you’re the first best friend I can no longer hold in my arms and whisper “I love you.”
But nothing on
— Bob and Lola Kruse, Friday – January 6, 2017
But nothing on earth can separate us, Mom…not time, not space, not even death, because you’ll always live right here…inside my heart and inside my laughter.
— Daughter ~ Lola, Friday – January 6, 2017
I met Mom shortly after I met Lola in 1992; as they were/are (and forever will be) linked. She quickly became my favorite Mother-in-law. As time went on that only increased; when it came time to add a suite in the new house, and have her live with us for four years, I fully welcomed it. She blessed my life and my kids in so many ways, quickly becoming the loved matriarch of our large blended family. Kruse & Associates, Inc.; exists largely because of her trust in us. I’m remembering the time we loaded here and my Mom in the back of that blue Plymouth van and drove to Utah for Julie’s High School graduation. (I think, or was it Brian Ball’s college graduation?)… They talked the whole way, both ways.
Mom was/is special, loved by all. She stayed happy, funny and kind even when she couldn’t remember she was supposed to. Thank you Mom, we miss you. We love you very much. We take comfort in knowing you are happy in your pink mansion.
— Bob Kruse, Friday – January 6, 2017
— Tim and Anita Allen, Sunday – January 8, 2017
An aunt to look up to! She was a sophisticated, down-home lady!
— John and Jeannie Gifford, Thursday – January 12, 2017