Karlson, Marilyn Anne (née Smith)

Karlson, Marilyn Anne (née Smith)

April 9th, 2020

March 18, 1936 ~ April 9, 2020

The light of life has gone out of a treasured girl, wife, mother, grandmother and friend with the passing of Marilyn Anne Karlson in her 85th year. Marilyn and Ross Karlson were mutually blessed to marry the love of their lives; friends from childhood, their lifelong romance lasting over 70 years. Beloved Wife of Ross Edwin Karlson (Knute). Cherished mother of Linda (Dietz) Karlson; Tory and Mary Ellyn Karlson; Jill (Hirsch) Karlson and Steve Stacey. Proud and loving grandmother of Kevyn and Michael Dietz; Ross and Sydney Karlson; Erik, Matthew and Emma Hirsch. Predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Marion Smith and her older brother, Ray Smith. Survived by her younger brother, Richard Smith and sisters-in-law, Loreen Baker and Brenda Smith. Numerous nieces and nephews all over North America that Marilyn loved include: Wendy and Doug McGrath, Murray and Marie-Isobelle Baker, Carl Baker, Karen and Brian Combs, J.D. and Petra Smith, Ken Smith, James Smith, and many more. Marilyn often stated: “I can only give what I have in my tool box to work with.” With solid moral fabric, Marilyn gave unconditional love to all of her friends and family members with never a negative word against another soul. Marilyn and Ross were blessed and grateful for their strong ties in London, Ontario. They were long-standing members of the London Hunt and Country Club and Greenhills Golf Club where Marilyn enjoyed many years of competitive recreational tennis. Marilyn generously gave a great deal of volunteer time, and puppeteering talents, to the May Court Club of London. Marilyn enjoyed downhill skiing and gracefully tackled the Swiss Alps through to the ice of Mont-Tremblant. To mark her 70th year, she leapt from an airplane and took sky diving off her bucket list. Marilyn was thrilled to travel from Alaska to Antigua, Barbados to England, sharing all of her adventures with her husband, whom she adored. Their cottage on the shores of Lake Huron brought 30 years of absolute joy to her family and all those that were fortunate to share time with Ross and Marilyn at their panacea that Marilyn fondly referred to as “Mine”. Marilyn trained as a Nurse at St. Joseph's School of Nursing in London, ON, graduating in 1959. This was an achievement she held close to her heart and she enjoyed celebrating every nursing reunion she could with unbridled joy. Not only athletic, Marilyn was a talented artist. Whether sewing, knitting, puppeteering, water colouring or sketching, her ability and eye for exceptional artistry was keen. Marilyn was a very spiritual woman, attending both Trinity Lutheran Church and Metropolitan United Church in London. She was a fine example of a Christian life in action and she faithfully professed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour. Marilyn loved so many, and in return so many loved Marilyn. She had innumerable lifelong friendships that she treasured like gold. Her dearest friends recall her impulsive and daring escapades with fond laughter! Marilyn was very devoted to family and friends; she thrived on sharing and appreciating the unique individual lives that came into her life with her genuine love and acceptance. The Karlson family would like to extend an enormous “THANK YOU!” to the staff at Westmount Gardens LTC (Longworth Long Term Care) for exemplary care of our beloved Marilyn. Over two years the caregivers on the Iris Wing relieved our hearts as we felt secure knowing she was meticulously nurtured and loved. God Bless all of you for the protocol you follow and the hard work you do, particularly during this pandemic. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial gathering has been organized at Westview Funeral Chapel.  A traditional memorial gathering will occur at a later date when our society returns to normalcy. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marilyn are asked to consider Mission Services of London. 

“Our beloved Marilyn Anne Karlson, May the Lord hold you and keep you safe unto Him until we meet again in Eternal Life.  Thank you Marilyn, for the gift of you.”

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Bunker BoysWe are truly sorry for your loss and and we would like to offer our sincere condolences at this time.
Brian & Sandra HaymanTo Ross, Tory, Linda, Jill and families. Our heartfelt sorrow for your loss. We both had a high respect for Marilyn. She lived life to its fullest and was a sweetheart. She will be missed. Brian and Sandra.
jack snelgroveYou are in our prayers.Many fond memories over many wonderful years Love Jack & Sandy
Margo BulmerRoss and family, Marilyn came into my life in 1952 when she was a counselor at Camp Queen Elizabeth run by the London YMCA. She was a joy then as she remained all her life. I send my condolences. Please know Dave and I will never forget her. Fondly, Margo Bulmer
John PrydeRoss & family: Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of a wonderful lady. It was an honour and a pleasure to visit with both of you during our many years at MidHuron Beach Sincerely, John Pryde/ Marilyn Chappel
Carolyn Glass and Family Thanks to all the Karlson’s for sharing so much love and laughter over the many years. We are very sorry for your great loss, everybody loved Marilyn - she will be missed by many. She was very special and we loved her too.
Janet and Jamie CaskeyJamie joins with me in sending our heartfelt condolences to Ross and the entire Karlson family at the passing of Marilyn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you .With much love Janet and Jamie.
John and Shelley VandermolenDear Tory, Mary Ellyn, Ross and Sydney We’re so very sorry for your loss. Please know you’re in our prayers and we hope the memories and love you shared with your mother can bring you some comfort during this difficult time.
Bruce and Yvonne LambertWhat a wonderful and full life Marilyn lived. We are sorry we did net have the privilege of knowing her. Linda, we send our most sincere condolences to your Dad, to you and your siblings. May Marilyn rest in peace.
Colleen ZettelSaddened to hear of your great loss. A lovely lady....thinking of you.
Jim and Patricia MartinDear Ross and Family: Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Marilyn; Our visits over the years with you and Marilyn are memorable. Marilyn was a sweetheart, a dear lady. We are sorry for your loss.
Lorie ShookWhat a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. Although I knew her briefly, it was evident immediately her kind and caring spirit. I enjoyed our conversations and laughs. She loved you all deeply. Heaven has gained another angel. Sending deepest condolences. May your warm memories sustain you at this difficult time. Keeping the entire Karlson family in my prayers. God Bless!
Jeannne OlliverMy condolence to Ross & the family you have lost such a great presence in your lives but know that you have such wonderful memories that will help to sustain you through the difficult times ahead. She was a lovely person.
John and Lorraine JardineWhat a lovely photo and write-up! Marilyn was well-liked, caring, and fun to be with. We can attest to her being a good athlete as we remember our ski trip to Sun Valley, where she earned the name, "Bullet." She brought her "A" game to everything she did. Our condolences, Ross and Tory, to you and your families.
Alice & Val Dear Jill & Steve and family, our hearts are saddened by your loss. Love , light and Godspeed. May your fond memories help with your grief during this difficult time. Huggz
Donna and John AzizOur heart felt condolences to Ross and all the family. Marilyn added so much laughter and sparkle to the life of all around her. She encouraged and supported everybody in good and trying times. Marilyn's spirit and energy buoyed us up ! We'll treasure the memories.
Bernie & Sue BierbaumTory, Mary Ellyn and family - our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. A lovely tribute in the paper - she sounds like she was a very positive, energetic and talented woman. Our sympathies to you and your extended family especially during this time.
Brian and Susan CooperRoss,Tory,Linda and Jill our deepest sympathy for the passing of your wife and mother. By the reading of the obituary,I feel Marilyn had a full life and was loved by many. God bless.
Dorothy & Victor WoolleyOur heartfelt condolences to Ross and Family on the passing of Marilyn who I have known since South High School. Marilyn was a dear friend, full of love and laughter and had a kind and caring spirit. She was an angel to all who knew her and she was loved by many. Ross and Family, you are in our prayers. Blessings, Dorothy and Victor Woolley
Greg StoneI have known Marilyn and Knute since our High School days at South Collegiate.. Marilyn was quite a competitive tennis player and carried me through a number of mixed doubles tournamentss as her partner. A wonderful lady, a wonderful couple. Sincere condolences to Knute and the entire extended family. May She Rest In Peace.
Kirk & JoAnne BainesThe loss of Marilyn brings a heavy heart to many, but when we remember her it will bring a smile to our faces. That will make it okay ... until we meet again. Our sincere condolences to Ross and Family, there will be a big void on the beach this year, we will miss her. with love, Kirk, JoAnne and Family
Sally ZandriI was so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. I was one of her fellow MayCourt marionetters. She was a great mentor and friend to many of the newer members. Her skills and talents were second to none. Her work and skills live on in marionettes still in existence. Her creativity provided an inspiration to many of us. She was amazing! Sally
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