Marilyn Palm, 87, of Lakeside passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at The Willows, Saint Joseph. Her close friend, Kay Weaver, was by her side at the time.
Marilyn was born July 15, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Sidney and Edna (Gierum) McCarten. Her Southwest Michigan roots began with her father who was born in Union Pier. In her youth, her stunning beauty brought her attention from modelling agencies and movie producers. She and her son Jim starred in a documentary about correct and incorrect approaches to raising children. Marilyn loved to travel, frequently to visit family members. Destinations included Boston; Washington, D.C.; Columbia, South Carolina; and Seattle. She enjoyed great restaurants, particularly those with excellent views and fine food. She was a lover of music, especially Frank Sinatra, for whom she skipped school with some high school classmates to see a live performance in downtown Chicago. She seemed happiest when watching her husband Roger or son Jim playing the piano or accordion. Although she worked some as a young adult, most of the time she was a dedicated and meticulous housewife. Marilyn adored her home in Lakeside and refused to leave it except for medical emergency. She was a Michigan Wolverines fan and a dedicated CNN viewer.
Survivors include her two sons, James Palm of Saint Joseph and Roger (Todd Huston) Palm of Seattle; two grandchildren, Brian (Danielle) Palm and Jennifer Palm; and two great grandchildren, Charley and Zander. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Roger.
A small family service is planned for the upcoming spring.