Marilyn Mae Krueger Ransom, 69, passed away March 6, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz., in the company of loved ones.
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Marilyn was born May 22, 1939, in Bozeman to Leonard W. and Ruby Powell Krueger. She attended Bozeman schools and Montana State College.
She lived for a time in Minneapolis, where she met and married Cal Ransom. They returned to Bozeman, and later moved to Texas, where daughters Kelley and Kim were born.
Marilyn loved life and lived it to the fullest, always surrounding herself with friends and activities. In her earlier years, she enjoyed fly-fishing and spending time with family on the Gallatin River.
She moved with her family to Colorado Springs in 1980, where her passion for the mountains unfolded. As an avid hiker and climber she scaled all of Colorado's 54 "Fourteeners" and Mount Rainier in Washington state. Her passion for hiking also took her to Nepal, Europe, the desert Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Her other interests involved just about anything outdoors, cycling, mountain biking, sea kayaking and camping. She was an accomplished silversmith and loved making jewelry.
Her love of the desert brought her to Tucson, Ariz., in 1993. She bought rural property in San Lorenzo, N.M., in 1998 where she built her high desert dream home in Noonday Canyon. She worked many hours a week on her garden, fruit orchard and collection of desert plants.
Marilyn loved animals and volunteered at the High Desert Humane Society, where she also picked up her two most recent animal companions, dogs Bear and Bailey. Her dogs, River and Shiva, also strays from humane societies, made the move with her to New Mexico. She donated her time to the Gila Region Habitat for Humanity and participated in cycling and walking fund raising events for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a cause near and dear to her heart. She walked the Rock 'n' Roll marathon in San Diego when she was 68 years young.
At the time of her death she was working as a realtor for ReMax of Silver City, N.M.
She is survived by daughters, Kelley Savage of Fort Collins, Colo., and Kim Miller of Tucson, Ariz.; grandson, Nathan Ransom of Tucson; sisters, Glenna Stucky of Avon, and Lenita Hough of Bozeman; many nieces and nephews, and many loving friends.
At Marilyn's request, there will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at her home in San Lorenzo, N.M.
Donations in Marilyn's memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.leukemia.org, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202; (800) 955-4572.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 12, 2009