Marlana VanPatten
1978 - 2020
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Marlana Van Patten

Howell - Marlana Marie (Cox) Van Patten age 42 of Howell, MI died Sunday, October 18, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer with her family at her side. Marlana was born on June 15, 1978 to Candice McFarlane and the late Wilbur Cox.

HER FAMILY… Marlana is survived by the love of her life James L. Van Patten, Jr., daughter Maleena Van Patten and son Tyler Van Patten, her mother Candice McFarlane, grandmother Shirley McFarlane, aunt Marcia McFarlane, mother-in-law Patricia Van Patten. Marlana was proceeded in death by her father Wilbur Cox, grandfather Donald McFarlane, father-in-law James L Van Patten, Sr., brother-in-law Chris Van Patten and uncle Jeffrey Van Patten.

HER LEGACY… Marlana and James were married on July 3, 2003. Together they enjoyed spending time with their children boating, fishing, cooking and dancing. Marlana's family was her greatest treasure. She also spent her time rescuing and finding homes for dogs through the Take My Paw animal rescue organization and adopting many fur babies as well.

Marlana was a loving caring spiritual being. Mentor and teacher to everyone she came into contact with.

A free spirit connected with nature. A true warrior and Patriot with her battle against chronic lyme disease and cancer.

I would like to extend a special thanks to all that stood by her side to the end - Jim.

HER RECEPTION OF FRIENDS…will be held for Marlana on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 3 to 7 pm at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Take My Paw (PO Box 1091, Fowlerville, MI 48836) in memory of Marlana.

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Published in Livingston Daily Press & Argus from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2020.
03:00 - 07:00 PM
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October 23, 2020
Every time I see a fruit fly I will remember you and smile, maybe even laugh because after all these years I still laugh every time. You are the reason I love my girls (Pugs) because before I met you I didn't know what the love of a dog meant. I don't think I would have had a wedding to be at without you and Jimmy, and this is one thing I remember every single time I think of our perfect day. We may have lost touch but I know you know I love you and forever will.
Heather Dowling
October 22, 2020
My favorite gas station lady always put a smile on my face
You'll be truly missed ♡
Jessicah Sproull
October 21, 2020
The steam show’s or BarB-Q’s on Sundays at Dell’s will not be the same without your smile and animated conversation, we love you
Aunt Sonia & Uncle Frank
October 21, 2020
Marlana you will truly be missed. God bless you and your family
Brian & Keri Hovorka
October 20, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of MacDonald's Funeral Home
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