Marilyn was born March 7, 1937, in Fulton, Michigan to Donald and Ruth (Knauss) Fritz. As the eldest of four girls, Marilyn grew up helping on the family farm. She was attending Vicksburg High School when she began dating Veryln Borton. Soon after graduation, they were united in marriage. When Verlyn was drafted into the Army, the couple moved to Fort Hood, Texas. While there, their son, Rodney, was born. After the family moved back to Michigan, Marilyn held various jobs, culminating with a long career at James River. Her interests included family, gardening, cooking, and travel.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Ruth Fritz; sister, Mary Jo Walker; bother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, John Moe, Wanda and David Burris, Ardith and Earl Metty, Everett Denning, Marilynn and Jack Sawyer, Dolores and Francis (Lavern) Smith.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 66 years, Verlyn; son and daughter-in-law, Rodney Borton and Debra Ball-Borton; sisters, Shirley Moe and Carol Buyce; sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Fern Denning, Charlyn and Wallace Matthies; special life-long friends Carol, Earl, Suzie, and Robbie Combs; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A private interment will be held at the North Fulton Cemetery. A celebration of Marilyn’s life for family and friends will be scheduled next summer.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staffs at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Heartland of Three Rivers, and Rose Arbor Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
While visiting Marilyn’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family.
The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Rupert Durham Chapel -Vicksburg, Michigan.