MILLERSBURG — Marilyn Ruth Towner, 79, of 7010 County Road 189, Millersburg, passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Cleveland Clinic while recovering from injuries received in a car accident.
She was born Dec. 1, 1931, to Ralph and Ruth (Horner) Wright on the John Horner family farm north of Frazeysburg. She graduated from Frazeysburg High School in 1949 and from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Zanesville in 1952. She married Owen L. Towner on Oct. 20, 1957, and lived the remainder of her life in Holmes County.
Surviving, along with her husband, are three children, Gregory Towner of Akron, Beth (Gary) Zollars and Brenda (Jim) Snow, both of Killbuck; three grandsons, Garrett, Jared and Joseph Zollars of Killbuck; seven stepgrandchildren, Jim Snow, Brad Snow and Amy (Troy) Miller, all of Killbuck, Rob (Dulcie) Snow and Jolene (Matt) Fleming, both of Millersburg, Jenny Zollars of Maryland and Joanie Zollars of Marysville; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, John (Nancy) Wright of Nashport; two sisters, Nancy Chew of Killbuck and Jo Ann (Ed) Kline of Mount Vernon; a dear aunt, Helen Horner of Zanesville; four sisters-in-law, Alice Mellor of Killbuck, Annabelle Vansickle and Dorothy Carpenter of Millersburg and Marilyn (Jim) Scheirer of Nashville; a brother-in-law, Paul (Carol) Towner of Millersburg; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three aunts, two uncles and several cousins.
She was well-known and highly regarded for her work as a Registered Nurse. She worked as a surgical nurse at Pomerene Hospital, with Dr. Adam J. Earney in the Holmes County Health Department, as an office nurse with Drs. Luther High, Charles Hart and Robert Houston at Medical Associates, Dr. Wayne Weaver and Dr. Steven Clutter and as a charge nurse at Altercare of Millersburg and Castle Nursing Homes. She enjoyed close friendships with many of her co-workers and served as a mentor for other nurses throughout her career.
Marilyn possessed a strong Christian faith which she demonstrated through work with many church-related activities and groups. She was an active member of the Killbuck Church of Christ for many years, attended the Holmesville Church of Christ later in life and served as camp nurse at Round Lake Christian Assembly in Lakeville. She found contentment in serving others and often utilized her nursing expertise and faith in God to support those in physical or emotional distress.
She was blessed with many friendships which she treasured and enjoyed coordinating family events, attending school-related activities of her grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, listening to bluegrass music and watching the Cleveland Indians. Her family deeply appreciates the many cards, phone calls and other displays of support provided during her recent illness and would like to acknowledge the care provided by the staff of Akron General Hospital, Majora Lane Care Center, Holmes Fire District No. 1, Pomerene Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Killbuck First Church of Christ with the Revs. Jerry Craycraft and Carlton Currie officiating. Burial will be at Blissfield Cemetery, Blissfield. Friends may call Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Round Lake Christian Assembly, 114 State Route 3, Lakeville, OH 44638.