Marilyn Waite 8/17/1928 - 5/19/2022
Marilyn A. (Townsend) Waite, 93, passed away at her home in Westerville, Ohio on May 19, 2022.
Marilyn was born August 17, 1928, daughter to Leo Townsend and Hester (Wolfley) Townsend. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold J. Waite; son Mark Waite; daughter Marlene “Micki” Waite; and brother Leo (Bertha) Townsend,Jr.
Marilyn will be missed by brother Bud (Shirley) Townsend; sister Evadeen “Dee” Frollo; sister-in-law Nancy (Waite) Eisenhauer; daughter Kathy (Tom) Godwin; son Bradley (Beth) Waite; and daughter Lisa Waite. She will also be missed by several grandchildren Gethin (Amber) Godwin III; Brian Waite; Justin (Desiree) Godwin; Jason (Nicole) Waite; Michele (Jason) Miller; plus great grandchildren Kyla Godwin; Cade Godwin; Kendall Godwin; Callie Godwin; Claire Waite; Charlotte Waite; Matthew Waite; Mavery Miller; Hazel Miller; and Maria Waite.
Marilyn grew up in Midland, Michigan and worked as a telephone operator. She met Harold through her older brother Leo. They were married in 1950 and lived in Midland during the early years of their marriage. Eventually, they moved to Freeland, Michigan, where they raised their five children. After twelve years, they moved to Westerville, Ohio. They moved four times back and forth between Michigan and Ohio, ultimately settling down in Westerville.
Harold and Marilyn also enjoyed their winter home in Venice Florida, where they loved to people watch from their porch. She loved babies and had many opportunities to help raise grandchildren and great grandchildren. She spoiled them with chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cake, ground bologna sandwiches made with homemade bread and kiddie cocktails. Marilyn had a real sweet tooth and dark chocolate was her favorite, especially Russell Stover.
She had a keen eye for art and interior design and took pride in her home. She enjoyed sewing, flower gardening, and floral contests. Her favorite children’s book was the Owl and the Pussycat. She had it memorized and could recite it at a moments notice. She was a great mother, multi-talented and a very hard worker. She assisted her family on many projects through the years. Now that she is reunited with her husband, she is finally home again.