Marilyn Jane Messmann, 66, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born September 20, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Virgil W. and Marie Eva (Smith) Jones.
She graduated from New Haven High School with the class of 1964 and Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.
On Nov. 21, 1973, she married Dennis L. Messmann in Fort Wayne.
A former Fort Wayne resident, she resided in Columbia City since November of 1981.
A drapery designer for several years, she worked as a sales associate at Walmart, Columbia City, for more than 20 years.
She recently started her retirement. She was a member of Churubusco United Methodist Church, actively participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and prepared food for Walmart and numerous other Whitley County families in their times of need. She loved camping, cooking and scrapbooking.
Surviving relatives include her children, Kurt Messmann of Fort Wayne, Kristy (Spencer) Reinewald of New Haven, Kevin (Kathleen) Messmann of Fort Wayne, Nicole Messmann of Columbia City and Danelle (Jared) Hesting of Columbia City; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Sue (Bill) Lewis of Fort Wayne and Sharon (Ron) Kelley of Deep Gap, N.C.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Dennis L. Messman.
Visitation will be held Friday, from 2 to 7 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.
The funeral service will immediately follow calling Friday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Rick VanHorn will be officiating. The burial at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given to Marilyn Messmann Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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