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Marilyn Kay Lennis


1953 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Marilyn Kay Lennis Obituary
Marilyn Kay Lennis, 62, of Farmington Hills, MI passed away on January 3, 2016 after a prolonged illness. Born August 4, 1953 in Anderson, Indiana, Marilyn grew up and spent the majority of her life in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She lived in Hendersonville, NC for 3 years. She received a Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University where she majored in horticulture.
Marilyn is survived by her sisters Laurel Lennis Flaccavento, husband, Anthony, Abingdon, VA and Barbara Ellen Glassman, husband, Dr. Stuart Glassman, Hendersonville, NC; her niece, Caroline Lennis Gunther, Hendersonville, NC, her nephew, Alex Lennis Schlegel, Washington, DC and her devoted canine companion, Lola. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph J. Lennis and her mother, Donna Joan Lennis.
Marilyn was a wonderful, unique woman who was cherished and loved by many people in all walks of life. She was highly creative and proficient in her many endeavors which included: estate gardener, landscape designer, framing specialist, a docent, fiber artist, seamstress, quilter and knitter. She was a masterful gardener at Greenfield Village, a presenter at Henry Ford Museum (she became proficient at disassembling then assembling a Ford Model-T!) and was also employed by the Biltmore Estate. Marilyn was involved in many organizations in the Detroit area from Toastmasters, Farmington Community Garden, Farmer's Market, Knitter Meetups, Biking, and Historic Preservation groups.
One of Marilyn's passions was historic lighthouses and she eventually traveled the entire Great Lakes coast visiting lighthouses. The past two years, she was a volunteer Lighthouse Keeper at the St. Helena Lighthouse in the Straits of Mackinac.
Not only did Marilyn take loving care of her elderly mother for 8 years, she was so very thoughtful and helpful with many people. She would assist in their gardens and landscapes, bring a meal, do errands - anything needed to make their lives easier.
There are no words to express our sorrow and sadness for losing our sister, aunt, friend. But we know Marilyn rests in peace and her rich, full, and meaningful life reminds us all to live well, live fully, and love deeply.
Her wishes were to be cremated and her ashes to be scattered in a beautiful place. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on January 16, 2016 for family and friends in Farmington Hills, MI. A memorial Facebook page has been set up in her name: Marilyn Lennis.
Published in The Times-News on Jan. 10, 2016
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