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Gwendolyn Morgan Marlin, 69, formerly of Richmond, and wife of Dr. Franklin L. Marlin, died after a long illness on July 19, 2007, in their home in Oklahoma City, OK.
The daughter of Zachary Taylor and Alma Morgan, she was born on July 9, 1938, in Muskogee, OK. She and Franklin were high school sweethearts and married on May 3, 1958, also in Muskogee. She served with him in ministry for the United Methodist Church for 45 years.
She believed her mission on earth was to be the hands of God and she carried this out by participating in Volunteers in Mission in Belize and Costa Rica. She crafted banners that hang in churches in North and Central America and in Russia. She was the director of the Retired Senior Citizens Volunteer Program in Buchanan County, MO. She designed the paraments for the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Missouri in 1991 and the stoles for the new elders of the Missouri West Conference. She was a social worker in the Missouri flood of 1993 and worked as a volunteer coordinator in the church for 12 years. She once served as the director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Buchanan County. She will always be remembered for her ability to love others and forgive unconditionally, for her good humor and faithfulness in friendships, and above all, for being a completely devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.
She is survived by: three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cheryl of Oklahoma City, Jana and husband, Jim Meeks of The Colony, Texas, Lisa and husband, Bill Moore of Hooper, CO; one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and wife Lisa, Marlin of Warren, MI.; two brothers; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; 11 grandchildren; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Her parents preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Oklahoma County, Foundation Dept. 1107470, 3300 N.W. Expressway St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73112-9988; Volunteers in Mission, Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1501 N.W. 24th St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73106-3635; or the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Willed Body Program, BSEB 100, P.O. Box 26901, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73190.
A Celebration Service of her life was held July 24, 2007, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.