February 19, 1943-March 4, 2019
CLEAR LAKE --- Marilyn J. Purlee Smith, 76, of Clear Lake, Iowa passed away on March 4, 2019, surrounded by family at MercyOne Medical Center-North Iowa.
A private family inurnment will be at Elmwood-St Joseph Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or to the family through Major Erickson Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com
Marilyn was born on February 19, 1943 to Robert and Evelyn (Jellinger) Purlee. She was baptized and confirmed at United Presbyterian Church in Alexis, IL. She graduated from Alexis High School in 1962. She went on to attend Iowa State University graduating with a degree in Child Development in 1975 and a Master's Degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1989. She married Richard L. Smith in November of 1965. They made their life in many different communities throughout the Midwest. In 1969 she became a stay at home mom with the birth of their first daughter, Laurel. Their second daughter followed a few years later and in 1974, Allison was born. Marilyn dedicated her life to her children making them into the strong women they are today.
Marilyn retired in 2006 from North Iowa Area Community College where she made a difference to many students offering guidance, encouragement, and support. Following her retirement in 2006, Marilyn did what she loved, which was helping raise a family. She moved in with Allison and her family and assisted with raising her grandsons, Alex (18) and Max (15). Marilyn loved supporting Alex and Max by attending scouting and sporting events. One of the last things she was able to do was see Alex get his Eagle Scout rank. She was proud of both of her grandsons.
Marilyn will be greatly missed by her daughters, Laurel (Jeff) Thompson, Cedar Falls, IA and Allison (John) Deike, Clear Lake, IA, her grandsons Alex and Max Deike. She is also survived by her sister, Judy (Dave) McCrery; brothers John (Rosemary) Purlee, Corvallis, MT, Jim (Suellen) Purlee, Galesburg, IL, and Joe (Penny) Purlee, Alexis, IL; many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was welcomed into heaven by her father and mother; one brother, Dudley; and sister-in-law Ann; and one nephew David McCrery III.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com