Marilyn Dorthea (Christensen) Young (1921 - 2012)

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Funeral services for Marilyn D. Young, 91, were conducted by Pastor Steven Frock on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Exira. Interment was in the Exira Cemetery in Exira. The casket bearers were her family members. The Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements  
Marilyn Dorthea Young, the daughter of Robert C. and Mae (Stone) Christensen, was born Jan. 25, 1921, at her parents' home in Exira, and died Oct 27, 2012, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, Iowa at the age of 91 years, 9 months, and 2 days.
Marilyn was baptized and confirmed at the Exira Lutheran Church in Exira. She attended Exira Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1938. Marilyn attended a business school in Omaha, Neb., then returned to Exira and was employed as a bookkeeper for Kozy Manufacturing.
In 1942, she was united in marriage to Wayne "Stub" Johnston in Maryville, Mo. They lived in Exira their entire married life. Wayne died March 5, 1975.
On Jan. 21, 1977, she married Clarence Lester Young, Jr. by the Methodist Minister in Oakland. They lived in Essex, but Marilyn continued doing the bookkeeping for the Godwin family. Lester died in June of 1980 and Marilyn returned to Exira. She continued working for the Godwin family for a total of over 60 years retiring in 2010. She was also the bookkeeper and sexton for the Exira Cemetery for a number of years. Marilyn moved to the Exira Care Center in June of 2010. She loved to travel and enjoyed playing cards.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husbands: Wayne "Stub" Johnston and Clarence Lester Young, Jr.; her parents; her brother Robert A Christensen; and her brother-in-law Robert K. "Bud" Leigan.
Survivors include her sister: Noreen Leigan of Exira; her step-children: Ronald J. and wife Carol Young of Beatrice, Neb.; Sharon K. and husband Craig Leigan of Shenandoah; Karen A. and husband John Podzamsky of Minonk, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her nieces: Mary and husband Dan Anstey of Cumberland; Charlotte and husband Chuck Thorson of Atlantic; her great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Nov. 2, 2012