Marilyn, age 66, of Orange, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 25th, 2012. She was born June 6th, 1945, in Port Arthur, Texas, and is the daughter of the late James and Mildred McGuff. Marilyn graduated from Thomas Jefferson Port Arthur in 1963, where she drummed with the Red Hussars. She then completed her BS in Education at The University of Texas Austin. She taught at Terrell elementary in Port Arthur, as well as in Greer, South Carolina. Marilyn was married to David Roy Crim on July 13th, 1968. Two of Marilyn's greatest passions were being a full time mother, practicing Proverbs 22:6, by teaching and desiring her children to accept and grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and secondly, seeking God herself through His word and prayer, while serving Him each day. She started each morning on the sofa, with a devotion and Bible in her lap, for study and prayer. Marilyn worshiped at First Presbyterian of Orange, serving in numerous capacities. Several of her loves were teaching Sunday school, encouraging corporate prayer, working in the soup kitchen, coordinating Samaritan's Purse, attending group Bible study, and praying for personal and others' healing. She was honored by Presbyterian Women in receiving a lifetime membership award. Marilyn loved the outdoors, especially the foothills of Greenville, South Carolina, where she and David started their life together and were youth group leaders at John Knox Presbyterian Church. She also loved praise and worship music, her grandchildren, and sharing God's love with everyone. Marilyn and David also enjoyed attending local live music venues. Marilyn is survived by her children: April Purgahn of Orange, Randall and daughter-in-law, Christie Crim of Fort Worth, Laura Crim and Caroline Crim of New York City; sisters, Melanie Andrews of Port Neches and Molly Walker of Columbia, Tennessee; her grandchildren, Lauren and Julian Purgahn, Olivia, Joshua, and Sarah Crim. The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 1st, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 2nd, at First Presbyterian Church, Orange. It is requested that in lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to the Youth Fund at First Presbyterian Orange or a
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 28, 2012