Marilyn June Mendel was born June 22, 1937 to Joseph David Mendel and Elizabeth Viola Hofer in Faulkton, South Dakota. In 1942 the family moved to Doland South Dakota. Marilyn graduated from Doland High School in 1955 and in 1959 she graduated from Wheaton College in Chicago with a degree in Education. She then taught first grade in Doland for 2 years.
In the summer of 1961 Marilyn moved to Denver, Colorado to work and teach at the Children’s Asthma Research Institute and Hospital. While in the Denver area, she completed her master’s degree in Education and Counseling at the University of Colorado, Boulder. While working as a high school guidance counselor, she began to date Everett Maurice Wolverton, and they married on October 16, 1965.
In 1968 Marilyn and Maurice moved to Evergreen, Colorado and there raised three children-Brian, Rachel, and Ivan. Marilyn and Maurice divorced in 1985 and Marilyn continued to live in Evergreen until her death on September 23, 2020.
She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of eight and was baptized. As an adult Marilyn was a long-time member of Conference Baptist Church, Evergreen, and for many years taught children’s Sunday school, led Awana groups, and co-led Women’s bible studies. In her senior years, Marilyn moved to Rocky Mountain Village Senior Living and assisted in leading weekly bible studies for the other residents there until 2018. Marilyn developed many vital and encouraging friendships through her church associations.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sibling, Gloria Mendel; two sisters-in-law, Pat and Janice Mendel; three nephews, James, Marce and Jason Mendel; three nieces, Karlene, Carissa and Stacie Mendel
She is survived by her children, Brian (Kim) Wolverton of Evergreen, Colorado; Rachel (Michael) Trostrud of Carlsbad, California; Ivan (Stephanie) Wolverton of Evergreen, Colorado; four grandchildren: Jessica Wolverton, Michael Trostrud, Sierra Trostrud, Aubrey Wolverton, and one step-grandchild, Tristan Eighmey; two sisters, Esther (Jim) Weems of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Kathy (Darrell) Hofer of Huron, South Dakota; three brothers, Don (Lavonne) Mendel of Doland, South Dakota; Joe Jr (Janet) Mendel of Brookings, South Dakota; David (Judy) Mendel of Doland, South Dakota, and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.