Marilyn Ann (Krebs) Kieft

Born: Sun., Jan. 2, 1949
Died: Mon., Jul. 23, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 31, 2018
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Wed., Aug. 01, 2018
Location: Christ United Methodist Church

Celebration of Life

6:00 PM Wed., Aug. 01, 2018
Location: Christ United Methodist Church

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Marilyn A. Kieft, 69, loving wife, mother, and teacher

Marilyn Ann (Krebs) Kieft , 69 of Ashland passed away from complications of brain cancer on Monday, July 23rd, at The Good Shepherd Nursing Facility in Ashland. She was born January 2, 1949 in Ashland the daughter of Edwin and Clara Belle (Harry) Krebs. She married Gerald Kieft in 1974, and they have resided in Ashland for the past 44 years.

After having her children, Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1995 and a Master of Education in 2004, both from Ashland University. She was a passionate preschool teacher and director and a dedicated member of the Christ United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for several years. Her homemade sourdough bread and muffins were highly sought after by her devoted patrons at local farmers' markets and Local Roots. Bookkeeping for her husband's business was also among her skill set. Some of her other interests included gardening, sewing, completing puzzles and crosswords, playing games with her children and grandchildren, tutoring students, and life-long learning. Marilyn will be remembered by many as a "Jill of numerous skills" who loved deeply, lived fervently, and taught continuously, all while being adorned in bright, colorful clothing.

Marilyn will be profoundly missed by her husband of almost 44 years, Jerry Kieft of Ashland, four children Alexis (Edward) Johnson of Asheville, NC, Cathy Goldsmith of Washington, DC, Aubrey (Nathan) Marbaugh of Marysville, and Spencer Kieft of Akron, 5 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, as well as several family members, friends, and decades of adoring students.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, August 1st, at 6:00pm, at Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland. A reception in the church's Fellowship Hall will follow the service. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, July 31st from 6:00-8:00pm, at Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland, as well as before the service on Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm. Wearing bright colors is strongly encouraged, in memory of Marilyn's colorful personality and attire.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a local charity, school supply drive, Brain Cancer research organization, or Christ United Methodist Church Children's Ministries. The family would like to thank Pathways of Hospice, Wooster Community Hospital Rehab units, and the multitude of agencies and community members who treated Marilyn and her family with love, care, and kindness in their time of need.

Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville assisted the family arrangements.

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deborah zalovcik
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
You now live in eternal glory with Our Lord.You will be forever missed,my friend. Thank you for all you gave to this world.Your memory will live on.

Tom and Jane Jacques
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
To Jerry, Alexis,Aubrey, Cathy and Spencer. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Marilyn was (and still is, we believe) a most wonderful and unique person. She has been loved by so many, and that makes her special, indeed. Though far away, we are with you on spirit as you remember and celebrate her.
Tom and Jane

Valerie Meadows
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
So glad to have known Marilyn...such a Beautiful, Genuine, Glowing Lady. So sorry for this great loss and heartache in your family, Jerry, kids and grandkids. RIP Marilyn.

Steve and Jo Ann Varner
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
Aubrey, Nathan, and family of Marilyn, we offer sympathy, prayers, peace and love. May God Bless each of you!

Larry & Rosie Moffett
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Always had a smile she will be missed.

Dannette Williams
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
I am so sorry for the loss of Marilyn. Please know that she is at the hand of God and in his care.

Reta Rogers
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
To my friend Jerry, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. I didn't know Marilyn very well, but we did talk at the Farmer's Market and I did buy some of her yummy bread! Sympathy to the family as well and may God bless all of you and take you under His blessed care always.

Beverly Rishel
   Posted Mon July 30, 2018
So very sorry. Not only did you and Tanya go to school together Audrey but your Mom was my one grandson's preschool teacher at The Ymca. Prayers for you all .

Matt Gorrell
   Posted Wed August 01, 2018
I was very sorry to hear about your loss Jerry. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Deb & Ron Leonhardt
   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
Jerry & family
So very sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. We have such fond memories of our Ohio years getting together when our kids were very young. We even had a few fun catch up visits to our home after we moved. Marilyn was such a wonderful caring woman. Our love & thoughts are with you all.

Jen Proano
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
Just wanted to express my sympathy to the whole family... Marilyn was always so welcoming to me during my pre-teen and teen years. I have known her my whole life, and I’m not sure I ever saw her without a smile. Whether it was in church, when I was with Aubrey, or around town, she was always interested to hear about my family and share the pride she felt in her own. She has a lovely spirit that will forever linger with all who are lucky enough to know her. She will be missed!

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