Marlene L. Wilcox, age 86, of Auburn, Indiana passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Parkview Hospital’s Randalia Supportive Care Unit due to complications from a fall. Mrs. Wilcox was born November 4, 1934 in Sherwood, OH to Estel and Nina (Durfey) Partee. She married Jack L. Wilcox on March 5, 1951 in Garrett, Indiana. He preceded her in death only five months prior on November 28, 2020. Theirs was a 70 year plus union experiencing many family and life adventures along with travel in the states and abroad. They especially enjoyed times at their Lake Gage and Florida homes along with their many travels to Germany. Marlene and Jack enjoyed collecting antiques, clocks from Germany, and RR & Train memorabilia. Marlene’s favorite local day trip was shopping in Shipshewana, Indiana with her girlfriends!
Mrs. Wilcox was secretary for the Mayor of Garrett, Cecil E. Miller, from 1964 until 1968 after graduating from Garrett High School in 1964. Marlene had returned to GHS to obtain a diploma after leaving school to raise their three children. She was a member of the HS National Honor Society, a tutor, and mentor to many of the students. After, Mayor Miller’s term ended, Marlene worked for the Garrett Clerk Treasurer, and the Haffner’s Corporation. Marlene was a loving, devoted wife and mother who strongly believed that “family comes first.”
Marlene was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include: Daughter and son-in-law; Christine Wilcox Kneupper and her husband Darrel of Colorado, Son and Daughter-in-law: Terry and Sandi Wilcox of Auburn; and Son and Daughter-in-law Tim and Judy Wilcox of Lake Gage. Four grandchildren: Courtney and (Andy) McNear of Colorado; Curtis and (Monica) Wilcox of Chicago, IL; Andrew Wilcox of Auburn; and Katelyn Wilcox of Auburn. Six great grandchildren: Drew McNear, Peyton McNear, Morgan Wilcox, Conrad Wilcox, Harper Wilcox, and Ellis Wilcox, plus several nieces and nephews.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack L. Wilcox, and one grandson, Robert “Rob” Wilcox.
Burial will take place at Christian Union Cemetery in Garrett, Indiana. There will be no memorial service at Marlene’s request, and a private burial with family will take place at a later time.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic School, 301 West Houston Street, Garrett, Indiana 46738.
Special thanks and gratitude to Parkview Home Health & Hospice of Fort Wayne, and to Marlene’s loving nurse, Leah. Marlene will be greatly missed; and the life memories of Marlene and Jack will be cherished always by family, and her dearest friends.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn, Indiana.
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