Marilyn Kay (Twedt) Dutcher
On Good Saturday afternoon, April 3, 2021, Marilyn Kay (Twedt) Dutcher was welcomed into eternal life by the resounding sound of Easter organ music that she loved so very much. She was surrounded by her loving family as she peacefully passed after a year-long battle with cancer.
Marilyn was born on December 27, 1948, to Russel K. and Agnes C. Twedt (Juel) in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was the oldest and only girl to Russel and Agnes’ and had four younger brothers and many stories about life on the family farm.
After graduating from West Lyon High School in Inwood, IA, Marilyn attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she majored in Home Economics. Her career began at Allison-Bristow High School where she taught for several years. Although she was a wonderful teacher, her real love came later when she became a stay-at-home mom, or rather, told Joe that she was not going back to work because she was going to stay home and care for her family.
On November 24, 1973, Marilyn married Joe Dutcher at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Inwood, IA. After starting their life together in Cedar Falls, IA, Marilyn and Joe moved around the Midwest, as Joe pursued his business career.
At each stop on their journey, Marilyn found time to join school and local social organizations, sewing groups, church choirs and attend as many church concerts as possible. And much to Joe’s dismay, she also found time to acquire a growing cache of fabric ‘…to make clothes and toys for the girls and grandbabies’ and ensure that he moved every bolt of fabric and pattern with them during their numerous relocations.
Throughout her life, Marilyn’s main focus was her family, grandchildren and her faith. She leaves her loving husband, Joe Dutcher; her beloved daughters, Jill (Corey) Workman (Plymouth, MN) and Mary (Chris) Jenniges (Woodbury, MN); and six grandchildren, Olivia, Charlotte and Sawyer (Jill and Corey) and Addison, Molly and Paul (Mary and Chris). Although she loved her family immensely, it was the title of “Momo” given to her by her grandchildren that brought her endless joy. She was often found in her rocking chair, reading to one or more grandchildren. She would read the same book endlessly without question, as her patience was unlike anyone else’s.
She also leaves four brothers, Greg and Cheryl Twedt (Inwood, IA); Roger and Sonok Twedt (Millcreek, WA); Gary and Kay Twedt (Larchwood, IA); and Mark and Sarah Twedt (Eagan, MN). Marilyn leaves many other dear relatives and special friends, as well as her adoring dog, Lily. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, in addition to aunts, uncles and cousins, and she is now rocking numerous infant grandchildren in Heaven.
Marilyn’s sister-in-law recently wrote: “I see new life all around and am reminded that Marilyn is enjoying a new life now. I bet her beautiful hair is shining as she is smiling with pride, watching her beautiful daughters and grandchildren.”
The family has entrusted Marilyn’s care to the David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata, MN and has decided that a celebration of Marilyn’s life will be delayed until a future date with a ceremony at the family farm.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be sent to Now I Lay me Down to Sleep, an infant remembrance photography organization at https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/donate.
‘… and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.’ (2 Timothy; 4:6-7)
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