Marilyn Imler (née Stevens) died peacefully in Maryville TN on March 9, 2021 at the age of 96. Marilyn was born on December 9, 1924 in Liberty, Indiana to Jess and Nell Stevens. Marilyn graduated from Short High School in Liberty. She went on to attend Indiana University, earning a degree in Social Work, where she met and later married Paul Imler on June 12, 1948. She worked as a social worker with children and families for a number of years. She took time out of her career to help with the war effort by working in an airplane assembly plant. Marilyn was a housewife and mother. She and Paul and their two sons lived and worked for many years around the State of Wisconsin. Her children, grandchildren and friends remember her as a kind and fun-loving person who encouraged them to enjoy life. Marilyn trusted in Christ in 1971. A woman of strong faith, she was a member of Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Neillsville, Wi. She was a supporter of various ministries and charities. She readily shared her faith with others. Marilyn was a gifted artist and singer who loved the outdoors. She was passionate about nature, enjoyed swimming, camping, and bird watching. She loved literature, playing cards, and in earlier years, skiing and square dancing. She was an exceptional letter writer and kept correspondence with family and friends over many decades. To receive a card or letter from Marilyn was a blessing. Marilyn is survived by her sons Jeffrey (Betty Lou) Durand WI, and Steven (Taime’) Maryville TN. (9 Grandchildren, 29 Great-Grandchildren, 5 Great-Great Grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, and nephews). She is preceded in death by Paul, her husband of 71 years. A private family service will be held at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, feel free to send donations to a charity of your choice. Condolences can be sent to Jeffrey and Steven Imler at 315 Bridgeway Dr., Maryville, Tn 37801. The family would like to thank the staff and residents of MorningView Village for their caring and kindness. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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