Marilyn Jean Summers, 66, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She fought long and hard and was brave until the end. Marilyn was born on Jan. 28, 1946, to Thomas and Aleatha Cleary in Hollywood, Calif. She grew up in La Mirada, Calif., and graduated from La Mirada High School in 1963.
She and her family moved to Kingman in July 1977 and worked for various employers in accounting, most recently, General Cable Company. For the past 16 years she was completely devoted to helping with the care of her grandchildren, who were her greatest joy. She was the best mother and grandma anyone could ask for.
She was predeceased by her mother, Aleatha Cleary in 2006 and her best friend, Sandy Richards in 2008. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Irvin; daughters, Dawn (Karl) Darby of Evanston, Wyo., Tammy (Phil) Smith of Kingman and Nicole Nelson of Kingman; grandchildren, Mike Smith, Kimberly Stryker, Nate Stryker, Dylan Smith, Danielle Darby, Amber Smith, and Jayden Wilson; great-grandson, Jordan Stryker; brother, Thomas K. (Quieta) Cleary; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was survived by five days by her father, Thomas E. Cleary of La Mirada (deceased Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012).
The family would like to thank the staff of KRMC Hospice, especially her nurses, Linda and Josie. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Marilyn's name to the Joan and Diana Hospice Home, 812 Airway Ave., Kingman, AZ 86409.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.
You are the one who fills our soul. You are the half that makes us whole. You will live on in our hearts forever.
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