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Marion Lutz passed away Saturday night, Nov. 23, 2013 at her home in Klamath Falls surrounded by her loving family. She was 89 years old.
Marion Jean Hadsall was born in Cohoctah, Mich. December 2, 1923 to Jessie and Robert Hadsall. Marion graduated from Howell High School in 1941, after which she attended Michigan State University with plans of becoming an elementary school teacher.
She married William Bert Lutz, also of Cohoctah, Mich., in 1945, after he came back from serving in WWII. Later he became an ordained Methodist minister, and the family lived and served in rural churches of Fowlerville, Wisner, and Mayville, Michigan and Roanoke, Ind. until William retired from the ministry. They settled in Ann Arbor, Mich. where Marion continued to live until 2012, when she relocated to Klamath Falls to live with her youngest daughter, Nancy and her husband, Dennis Scott.
Marion was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army Church, and the Korean Methodist Church during her 30 years of residency in Ann Arbor. She was active in the Salvation Army where she was proud to serve as a volunteer and rang bells into her 80s. One of her greatest joys was a trip to the Holy Land with her church. She later joined the Klamath Methodist church once she became an Oregonian.
Marion's faith was of utmost importance. She became a beacon of strength to all who knew her. Marion experienced her share of hardships and sorrows and through these times, developed a deeper sense of compassion and a life grounded in faith. Marion was a spiritual life-line to whom friends and family could come for a listening ear and healing prayer. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," was a motto she lived by and would pass on.
Marion deeply loved her family, which was a source of strength and joy.
Marion exhibited her strong patriotism through the flag, honoring all U.S. presidents, and a lifelong adoration for Abraham Lincoln.
Marion's many hobbies included flower gardening, photography, cooking, knitting, studying the Bible, watching the ABC Nightly News and cheering for the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans.
Marion showed by example how to live in a state of gratitude, forgiveness and love. She will be powerfully missed by all who were touched by her. She is survived by her children John Lutz of Ann Arbor, Mich., David Lutz of Portland, Ore., Steve (Kimberly) of Portland Ore., Mary Olmsted (Al) of Petoskey, MI, Melanie Lutz of Ann Arbor Mich., Nancy Scott (Dennis) of Klamath Falls, Ore., David Rau of Adrian, Mich., Minoru Lutz Kanda of Tokyo, Japan; her grandchildren, Evan Milton, Dylan Lutz, Emily Scott, and Corinna Scott, Bridget and Lisa Rau; and three great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Bob, and niece, Debbie, and numerous nieces and nephews on the Lutz side.
Special thanks to her friends Marion Krause, Jean Pickett, Ruthie Foster and Mary Cornell for their gifts of lifelong friendship. She loved the 30 years she lived at Sandalwood Circle and the many friends she made there. Thanks also to her friends and staff at Eldorado Heights and Klamath Methodist church for making her last year so joyous.
Memorial services will be at a later date in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, 100 Arbana Dr., Ann Arbor, MI., 48103, in memory of Marion Lutz.
Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 2680 Memorial Dr., Klamath Falls, OR, 541-883-3458 is in charge of local arrangements.
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Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
2680 Memorial Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Published in Herald And News on Dec. 1, 2013