Marilyn R. Jones, 79, of Rapid City, passed away on Tuesday Sept. 19, 2017 with her husband, Douglas, by her side at the Redfield Care and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born June 27, 1938 on the family farm near Ocheyedan, Iowa to Merwin and Gladys (Morfitt) Dillehay. She grew up in Ocheyedan and graduated from Harris High School in 1956. She attended Morningside College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in 1958.
Marilyn married Douglas Jones in Harris, Iowa on June 15, 1958, and from this union two sons were born, Daniel and Steven. Being a Military family, they lived in several different cities throughout the Unites States before moving to Winner, SD in 1976 where Marilyn opened “Marilyn’s Interiors”. She relocated the store to Spearfish, SD when they moved there in 1992. As an accomplished seamstress, Marilyn was talented in her ability to create beautiful custom window coverings, bed spreads, and other accessories. She also reupholstered many pieces of furniture throughout her career. Her hobbies included spending time with family and friends, laughing and having a good time no matter what she did. She also enjoyed watching the ducks at Canyon Lake Park, singing, watching classical and western movies, she especially loved musicals.
After Marilyn was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005, she sold Marilyn’s Interiors and they moved to Sibley Iowa in 2006 before returning to Rapid City, SD in 2015 to be closer to family.
Since Marilyn didn’t have any daughters of her own, she thoroughly loved to spoil and entertain her granddaughters by having sleepovers, watching her favorite movies and musicals with them, taking them on horseback riding adventures, making them beautiful dresses as they were growing up and she never missed the opportunity to go to their sporting events even traveling to Florida to watch them play fast pitch softball while they were in college.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Douglas, Rapid City, SD two sons, Steven (Darla) Jones, Rapid City, SD and Daniel (Brenda) Jones, Norfolk, NE, five grandchildren; Nicole (Lee) Huber, Danielle (Shaun) Sullivan, Michelle (Mike) Worden, Sam & Katie Jones, four great grandchildren; Carter, Cole and KyLee Huber & Graysen Worden, a sister Marjorie Miquelon, and several nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Donald, Dale, Raymond and a great grandson, Brayden Worden.
Visitation with family present was held on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. at South Canyon Baptist Church 3333 W. Chicago St, Rapid City, SD 57702. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. at South Canyon Baptist Church with interment at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers if you wish, a memorial has been established to the Redfield Care and Rehabilitation Center in Redfield, SD as they took excellent care of Marilyn during the last 6 months of her life. Memorials and cards of sympathy may be mailed to Osheim Funeral Home at 2700 Jackson Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57702.