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Marilyn Grace Kuiken
April 11, 1932 - July 3, 2010

 

Marilyn, 78, went to be with her Lord and Savior early Saturday in Stayton, Oregon following a brain aneurysm.  She was born in York, Nebraska to Art and Gertrude Baltzer coming to Oregon in 1936, settling in Woodburn, Salem, Lyons and eventually to wonderful McCully Mountain. 

She married Don Kuiken on October 3, 1953 and they spent the next 56 years farming, raising cattle and taking care of their family and a multitude of friends and extended family. She loved to cook and garden. Her food and flowers were well known.

She is survived by her husband Don, daughter & son in law Cheryl & Norman Hughes of Lyons, sons & daughter in law  Martin & Cathy Kuiken, Sweet Home and Eric & Brenda Kuiken of Stayton, her 7 devoted grandchildren, Christina and Gary McClain of Nampa, ID, Derek & Shelley Hughes of Mt. Angel, Kyle & Bree Hughes and Jessica & Jason Merrel of Salem, Bret & Rachel Hughes of Albany, and Kadence and Kaylee Kuiken of Stayton and her 11 great grandchildren, Lexey, Peyton, Haley, Chase, Easton, Cassity, Avery, Hudson, Jack, Risa and Madden. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter Suzanne Kuiken, her great granddaughters Ashlyn and Quinn Hughes, her parents, her brothers Robert and Richard Baltzer and her sister Sheila Barr. 

Services will be at Canyon Baptist Church in Lyons, Oregon on Thursday, July 8 at 2pm with graveside services and potluck to follow.  Donations can be made to Gideons International,  EastLinn Camp, PO Box 1044, Lebanon, Oregon 97355. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


 


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