Marilyn Erma Brophy passed away peacefully in Helena on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at the age of 80. Born in Chicago on July 26, 1931, she was the loving daughter of Willard and Erma (Finch) Gullicksen.
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She attended Crestwood High School in Northbrook, Ill., and graduated from Coe College in1954, where she studied art and modern dance, earning her bachelor's degree.
After college, she married Thomas Brophy in 1955. They resided in Northbrook, spending summers in the family summer residence in Loon Lake, Ill.. In 1976, she moved with her family to Bozeman and resided there until her death.
She opened the first quilt store in Montana, the Patchworks, with her sister in 1977. This venture proved to be a great outlet for her artistic abilities for many years.
She was a long-term leader in Bible Study Fellowship and fixture at Evangelical Free Church. Her hobbies included tapdancing up until the last two years of her life, quilting, collecting fabric, gardening, playing word games with family and beating everybody at Scrabble, working on epic puzzles and over-shopping at Costco.
She was known for her sense of humor and wry wit, her strong faith, her service to others and her generous heart.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and husband, Thomas H. Brophy.
Her surviving family include her sister, Delores Phillips; daughter, Colleen Story (Rob); sons, Brian Brophy (Cynthia) and Matt Brophy (Jane) of Helena; and her six grandchildren, John, Lauren, Maeve and Alena Brophy and Thomas and Fiona Story.
Marilyn is loved, missed and saved by grace.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Evangelical Free Church, 1701 S. 19th Ave.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 13, 2011