Marilyn Jean Mellin Reynolds

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 1, 1928
Date of Death:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Age:
88 years old

Visitation

Date: Friday March 31, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Saturday April 01, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday April 01, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Oakwood Cemetery

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 1, 1928
Date of Death:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Age:
88 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 1, 1928
Date of Death:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Age:
88 years old

Marilyn Jean Mellin Reynolds

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” — Proverbs 31:26.

Marilyn spent her life uplifting those in her own family, and those around her, through her words of wisdom and gracious acts of kindness. She always had a smile and gentle counsel to those who needed encouragement.

Marilyn was born in Cokato, Minnesota on April 1, 1928 to August and Frances (Lindquist) Mellin. She grew up mainly in Howard Lake, Minnesota, and spent her high school years in Minneapolis, where she graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1946. She attended Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis where she met Eugene Austin Reynolds from Clear Lake, Iowa. They were married on June 3, 1949 in Howard Lake. After Gene served as senior pastor at Meadow Park Church in Rochester (now Hope Summit Church), he left the ministry and joined the staff development team at Rochester State Hospital. When the hospital was closed, they moved to St. Peter where Gene took on a staff development post at the Regional Treatment Center.

While raising her family, Marilyn worked part time and full time in a variety of roles in social services at Olmsted County Social Services and as a case worker at the St. Peter RTC. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Gene of 55 years, her parents, August and Frances; five sisters: Christine, Verna, Myrtle, Linnea, Ruth, and Alice; two brothers: Walter and Kenneth; her niece, Betty Hatrick, who was like a sister, and her dearly loved grandson: Andrew Mellin Reynolds.

She is survived by one older sister, Deloris; her five children: Larry, Mark (Nancy), Cinda (Jason) Sawyer, Kevin (Cindy), and Tim (Becky); three granddaughters: Nikki (Eric) Redman, Sara, and Haley; one great grandson: Elric Andrew Reynolds, born in July 2015; two step grandchildren: Susie (Chad) Donovan and Rock (Kali) Schultz; five step great grandchildren: Abbi, Anthony, Dean, Jacob, and Lance (Sarah); and one step great great granddaughter, Mylaa Renee Donovan, born in May 2016. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews, plus countless relatives throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, and Finland.

Visitation will begin Friday, March 31, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th Street SE, Rochester, and will continue on Saturday, April 1 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the same location. A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at the same location. A birthday reception will follow immediately after the service in the adjacent dining room (April 1 would have been Marilyn’s 89th birthday!).

A private family interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to the donor’s choice, or to: Hope Summit Church in Rochester - specifically the Children’s Ministry, or to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis - specifically the Music Ministry (https://squareup.com/store/st-lukes-episcopal-church-mpls/item/music-donation), or to the Philip Watkinson Family Mission in Baja California (https://www.gofundme.com/watkinsons).

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Somehow just finding out about this now.  She was a terrific lady!  My heartfelt condolences to the family.  Craig H.

AUNT MARILYN WAS SO VERY SPECIAL.   ALTHOUGH OUR TIMES TOGETHER WERE FEW THEY WERE ALWAYS ENJOYABLE.   


I LOVED HER LOVE OF LIFE AND HOW SHE ENJOYED PLAYING POOL, COLORING HER HAIR DIFFERENT COLORS FOR HER 75TH BIRTHDAY,  HER KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES BEING INVOLVED IN THE INTERNET SOMETHING I WAS LEERY OF UNTIL I DECIDED TO FOLLOW HER.  HER LAUGHTER WAS CONTAGIOUS AND SHE MADE ME AND EVERYONE SHE KNEW TO FEEL WE WERE SPECIAL .


I WILL MISS HER VERY MUCH.  I AM VERY THANKFUL I HAVE THE MEMORIES SHE GAVE ME.  


MY PRAYERS AND LOVE ARE WITH ALL HER FAMILY.

Dear family, in this time of sorrow may these Bible promises bring you comfort and strength as you endure the loss of Marilyn.  Jehovah God is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  And he will wipe away the tears from all faces.  Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 25:8 NWT.  Peace be with you, dear family.

The loss of a loved one is a very sad and heavy load to bare. May you find comfort at Acts 24:15 "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." Please accept my deepest sympathy.

I send my love to all of the Reynolds-Mellin family. I'll miss you sis!