Marilyn Marie Michael, 86, died July 4. She was born in 1928 on a farm in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. After graduating cum laude from Penn State University, she met Reverend Robert S. Bower, the associate minister at 1st Presbyterian Church in Allentown. After marrying they began a lifelong ministry in Glen Burnie, Maryland at the Harundale Presbyterian Church in 1954. After 10 years of raising three sons, followed by 22 years of teaching, including obtaining a Media Specialist Master's, she retired from the Anne Arundel County school system, but not from the many activities she enjoyed including touring 75 countries. Marilyn is preceded in death by devoted husband, Bob; brother, John Michael; and sister, Naida Mills. She is survived by three sons, Robert Lee, Jonathan Kirk, and David Alan (Wilhelmina de Wissell); sister Marjorie Seitz; and 11 grandchildren Kirklee, Matthew, Andy, Eleese, Katelyn, Megan, Ian, Alexandra, Mariah, Kelsey, and Sean. A service will be held Friday, July 12 at Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie.
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Published in the Maryland Gazette on July 10, 2013