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Marilyn Ross Blum

Marilyn Ross Blum, "Lynn," passed away peacefully on December 29, 2012 while residing at Brookdale Place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lynn was born March 4, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois, and was proud of being a 3rd generation Chicagoan. She was the daughter of the late Samuel McNutt Ross and Edna Page McDevitt Ross. She graduated from Senn High School in 1933, and from Cornell College in 1937 with a major in French. She worked as a stenographer at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank from 1938 to 1949. During WWII, she volunteered as a nurses aid after work, and then took a leave from the bank from 1945 to 1947 to volunteer with the Red Cross Overseas Club Dept. to be a "doughnut dolly" in Europe. After marriage to Grant E. Blum in 1949 and moving to Elmhurst, Illinois, she had to leave the bank. Since Lynn joined the Girl Scouts of America in 1927, she returned to volunteer with the Girl Scouts. She was honored as a lifelong member after 50 years of service. She became active with the League of Women Voters, and also was honored as a lifelong member. She volunteered with the Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, and was a den leader with the Cub Scouts. In 1978, she and her husband retired and moved to Wausau, Wisconsin. She continued to be active with the Girl Scouts, and with the League of Women Voters. She joined the First Universalist Unitarian Church, where she was an active volunteer. She volunteered at the Wausau Hospital. Lynn was a meticulous recycler, and was treasurer of the Community Recycling Cooperative from 1982 to 1989. In 1990, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to live with her son, Frederick A. Blum, and "the best daughter in law in the world" Nancy J. Oyer-Blum, step grandson, Daniel Burciago, "the best dog in the world," Truffles, and eventually grandson, Zachary G. Blum, born in 1994. She remained active in the local Girl Scout Council, and the Pikes Peak Region League of Women Voters. She attended and volunteered at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. She was a volunteer at Memorial Hospital, and was the neighborhood recycler. She will be missed. She is survived by son, Fred Blum, daughter in law, Nancy Oyer-Blum, grandson, Zachary Blum, step grandson, Daniel Burciago, and "that" dog, Blanco. A service will be held at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907, Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4 PM. Lynn requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Girl Scouts of America or to the All Souls Unitarian Church.

Published in The Gazette on Jan. 4, 2013
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