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Marilyn A. (Mackay) Riensche

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Marilyn A. (Mackay) Riensche Obituary

Marilyn Ada Riensche, age 82, passed away peacefully May 21, 2014, at HopeWest in Grand Junction, Colo.

Marilyn was born on Apr 3, 1932, in Denver, Colo. to Helen R. Fellows. She was quickly adopted by Donald W. and Elizabeth "Betty" Mackay of Raton.
Marilyn grew up at various locations within the state including, Raton, Portales, Santa Fe, Capitan and Ruidoso. She graduated from Ruidoso High School in 1950 then went on to attend Willamette University in Salem, Ore. for one year. It was there that she met and married Eugene, "Gene" O. Riensche of West Salem. In 1953, she and Gene moved to Ruidoso, followed by moves to Albuquerque and later, Alamogordo. They later divorced.

In Alamogordo, Marilyn worked first as a secretary for Our Savior Lutheran Church, followed by a job at Radiation, Inc. at Holloman AFB where she was a Data Reduction Technician. She also took on a second job as a waitress. Marilyn managed to raise four children on her own despite working long hours to support her family. She embodied a strong work ethic which left a lasting impression on her children, all of whom took on part-time jobs during their high school years to help support the family.

In 1971, Marilyn and three of her children moved to Hilo, Hawaii where she was a waitress at Ken's. Three years later she moved back to New Mexico, taking a job in Albuquerque to be followed a few years later by a return to Hawaii. Marilyn loved Hawaii, its beaches, climate, beauty and people. A few years later she returned to New Mexico, later settling in Grand Junction, Colo., near her son Paul where she went to work at a hotel reservation center.

Marilyn is survived by her children: Mark (ChunJa) Riensche of Albuquerque, Paul Riensche of Grand Junction and Alan Riensche of Alexandria, Va. She is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her only brother, Robert Mackay, her daughter, Dawn Nava, and grand daughter, Amber Nava.

In lieu of flowers please donate to HopeWest by visiting; or mail donation to: HopeWest, 3090 North 12th St, Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 24 to June 23, 2014
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