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Advertisement Marilyn Kay Elam, 70
by Report submitted · August 31st, 2017


Marilyn Kay Elam, 70, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 27, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, Iowa, with Vigil starting at 4 p.m. Funeral Mass will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August, 31, 2017, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, with visitation one hour prior to service, conducted by Reverend Philip Thompson. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Marilyn was born on September 12, 1946, the daughter of Vaughn and Helen (Gregan) White. She married Kermit I. Elam on February 4, 1967. Kay and her husband owned Bowman Woods Service for many years, where she helped manage the books and the business while she raised her children. After selling the business, Kay worked for Von Maur and then for Aegon, until she retired. Kay was a devoted catholic and attended St. Pius X Parish. Over the years, she volunteered with CCD, making cookies for the hospice house and answering the phone.

The family would like to thank Mercy Palliative and Hospice Care for their care of Kay. We would also like to thank Jenn and Tricia for their excellent care and help with Kay to keep her at home as she wished.

Survivors include her husband; children, Scott (Stacey) Elam of Central City, Iowa, Mary Kay Hand of Alburnett, Iowa, and Brian (Teresa) Elam of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren, Lindsey (Paul) Sabelka, Breanna Elam, Mikayla and Tyler Hand; brothers, Jerry (Kathy) White of Keswick, Iowa and Joe (Diane) White of Georgia; and loyal companion, Kasey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, John and Bill White.

Due to Kay's rare disease, it was her final wish to donate her brain to help others. A memorial fund has been established in Kay's memory for the Department of Neurology c/o Dr. Kumar Naraynan for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy research.

Please share a memory of Marilyn at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
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