Marilyn Ivins

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Feb. 3, 2013

Marilyn Anne Creasy Ivins, 84, passed away Feb. 3, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

She was born July 30, 1928, in Kingston to Dr. Carlton T. and Katheryn Creasy.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice "Jack" H. Ivins Jr., USMC Colonel, retired; her daughter Barbara; and her parents.

She is survived by her daughters Susan Ivins and husband Dr. Donald Jackman; Lauren Ivins-McFarland and her husband, Scott McFarland; Dr. Alison Ivins; her granddaughters, Margaret Jackman, Elizabeth Jackman, Brynn McFarland, Delaney McFarland; her nieces, Emily Dentler, Ann Wagner, Jane Mentzer; six great-nieces and great-nephews; and her beloved cats, Missy and Silly.

Marilyn attended Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School, Dickinson College, and Drexel University and earned a master's degree in Library Science. She married Jack on July 8, 1954, and entered into the life of a military wife and mother. Marilyn resided in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, California, France, Germany, North Carolina and Texas. Over the years she volunteered at and helped set up her children's school libraries. While in Texas, she worked in the Sterling Evans Library at Texas A&M University in Research and Development.

Marilyn was a lifelong learner, avid reader and gleeful traveler, open to new ideas and experiences. She enjoyed meeting new people and cherished her friends. Marilyn spent her last few years as a resident at Eagle's Trace retirement community, Houston, Texas, where she helped develop and establish the residents' library.

A memorial service will be held at Eagle's Trace retirement community today. Burial will follow in Greencastle, Pa., at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to the Houston SPCA at or a military veterans' .

Published in Times Leader on Feb. 10, 2013
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