Marilyn Catterall Goeltz

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Marilyn Catterall Goeltz, of Cumming passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, July 13, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She lived a rich and full life, taking great pleasure in caring for her family and others. Marilyn was born in Seattle on July 22, 1930, grew up in Honolulu, where she met her husband, Norman Jacob Goeltz Jr., in 1949 at the U of Hawaii. They eloped on Jan. 13, 1951, and truly enjoyed every day of their 65 years together.
Independent, creative, resourceful, capable and determined, Marilyn faced life's challenges with pleasure. As Norm's career demanded, she moved her family frequently and created a strong sense of home easily. She was a glass-half-full person, greeting each day with gusto and a can-do attitude, and she carried with her the passion to live life to its fullest.
Cherishing her husband, children and grandchildren who were the center of her world, she still found time to make a tremendous difference in the quality of many other lives she touched. Over the years, she was an avid volunteer at her church and local schools, with Meals on Wheels, and with the . She was the honorary mother and grandmother to hundreds, who knew her as The Little Mother or Nana. She held small hands gently, trained young feet to choose the high road, and encouraged youthful minds with words of wisdom, strength and confidence. The Little Mother was our rock in good times and bad, and her loss leaves an unfillable void in our lives.
She is predeceased by her two sisters, Rosalie Perry and Charlotte Lowe; her sister-in-law, Sybil McKennon; and her beloved son, Norman Jacob Goeltz, III (Skip), who passed in 1992, also on July 13. Marilyn is survived by her loving husband, Norm; her sister-in-law, Helen Brown; her daughters, Christine Godbey, Melissa Roehm (Scot), Katherine Hardin, and Cynthia DeBold (Conrad); her three granddaughters, Katherine Hardin Klang (Tyler), Sarah Roehm, and Elizabeth Hardin; her great-grandson, Jacob; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 16, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, and she is buried at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family requests that donations be made in Marilyn's name to the Parkinson Foundation (
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Published in Forsyth County News from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2016
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