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Marilyn K. Bray

08/14/1952 - 07/01/2019

Marilyn K. Bray, 66, of Chisholm, went home to be with the Lord on July 1st. She spent her last few weeks surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Marilyn graduated from Cherry High School in 1970. She went to college to be a lab technician and decided to follow her passion as a seamstress. Marilyn worked more than 30 years making draperies and creating custom window treatments. She was an active member of her church and considered that to be her second home and family. Marilyn was an avid gardener and was a member of the Hibbing / Chisholm Garden Club. She enjoyed spending the summer days outside working in her flower gardens and enjoying the beauty that they bestowed. Marilyn was soft spoken, kind, and always willing to help anyone she could.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Rudolph Maki; grandparents; and many aunts, uncles, and friends.

She is survived by her mother, Kathy Salo of Virginia; son, Nathan (Colleen) Bray of Cherry; brothers, Rudi Maki of Hibbing and Gary (Debbie) Maki of Cherry; sisters, Carol (Glyn) Skinner of Palo and Debra (Dennis) Maki of Maine; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

A Celebration of Life and visitation will be held at the Chisholm Baptist Church on Saturday, August 17th at 11am. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

4 thoughts on “Marilyn K. Bray”

  1. Suzanne Bray Akerman says:

    Marilyn was my “sister” after life “just happened”. I knew her well for over 45 years, and worked by her side for many of those years. She was (is) the best friend, the kindest, most honest, and most polite woman I know.
    Her family is dear to me. I want them to know their memories of Marilyn continue to be shared.

  2. Sandi Brusacoram says:

    Nathan, I am so sorry to see of your Mom’s passing. My heart felt thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was and is such a special Lady. May she Rest in Peace, and may you know, she is taking care of you from Heaven.

  3. My sympathy to Marilyn’s son and family. I grew up next door to Marilyn. I remember her as the cutest little blonde girl. She played every day with my brother and sister. I remember her and I sitting on our swing and talking, bringing our mutual puppies to the Cherry discount store to find the puppies of Princess and Porky new homes. All the puppies found homes. She now has her new home in heaven.

  4. Linda Mcvettie says:

    My sympathy to family of Marilyn. I have many fond memories of our childhood days. Birthday patties, playing in the snow, watching stars at night, running in the rain, 4H club, sewing together, holding hands as we walked down The Spirit lake road. Then we advanced to high school years. Sewing and cooking together, listening to music and talking about our dreams for future. Marilyn moved away for s period of time and we communicated with each other at Christmas. She moved back to Chisholm and we would talk on the phone as we were busy raising our famalues. Retirement brought us together once again where we would get together with the female classmates from our graduating class of 1970 once a month to enjoy lunch and conversation sometimes 3 to 4 hours long Marilyn really enjoyed those meetings I will truly miss Marilyn as she was a very good friend my whole life as our mothers and fathers knew each other and we grew up so close Rest In Peace sweet Marilyn and happily heavenly birthday Save me a piece of cake. It’ll be a grand celebration

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Saturday, 08/17/2019 at 11:00 A.M.
Chisholm Baptist Church, County Highway 5, Chisholm, MN, USA