Marilyn J. Kilfian

January 23, 1931 ‒ July 08, 2018

West Mansfield, Ohio

Marilyn J. Kilfian 87, of West Mansfield passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Marysville, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born January 23, 1931 in Vickery, Ohio the daughter of the late Kenneth Earl & Hazel (Fulton) Vance.

Marilyn was a homemaker, raising the 4 daughters, and later worked as a nurse’s aide.

She is survived by daughters Gail (Richard) Ridgeway, Jackie Factor, and Mary (Jeff) Reames; grandchildren Jason Reames, Logan (Kathy) Reames, Amy (Luke) Marshall, and Clay Ridgeway; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John Kilfian in 2011, daughter Patricia Zilliox in 2016, brother William E. Vance, sisters Marjorie Clayton, and Isobel Gopp.

Marilyn enjoyed reading, and spending time with her family. She was a loving and caring woman with an excellent sense of humor.

A Celebration of Life honoring Marilyn will be held at a later date.

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  • So many great memories; I especially liked square dancing with your parents. Pat would laugh when I went airborn when John did “swing your partner”. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to be of your family. Much to you Mary, Jackie, Gail, and your families.

  • A Christmas Eve will never go by where I don’t think about Marilyn and John. I’m so sorry to see her go. Love and prayers to the whole family.

  • Always a very nice lady who will for sure be missed. So glad I had the opportunity to know her.

  • My condolences to Maryland’s loved ones. Many happy memories of her be with you. And I hope that these promises from Jehovah God will comfort you now, and in the days to come. “Do not be anxious….but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7; Isaiah 25:8 NWT.

  • I hope your wonderful memories of your mom comfort you at this time. May you all have comfort that she is at peace.

  • Our condolences to Marilyn’s family. Her and John were wonderful neighbors and will be missed. You will be in our prayers.