Marilyn R. Sheets

December 01, 1935 ‒ May 04, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Marilyn R. Sheets, age 81, of Delaware passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Ohio Living Sarah Moore Home in Delaware.

She was born on December 1, 1935 in Cardington, Ohio to the late Lowell and Doris (Axthelm) Boger and was a 1953 graduate of Cardington High School.

In 1974, she married Merrill A. “Pinky” Sheets who had been a high school sweetheart; together they blended their two families. They shared 42 years working side by side in the fields and along life’s journey until Merrill’s passing on November 5, 2016.

Marilyn worked at HPM, OSU, Smith Brothers Hardware, Jane Maish Advertising, Gist Elevator, National City Bank and Brown School.  She has served on the Sarah Moore Governing Board, and Sarah Moore Service Board.

In addition to owning and operating Bittersweet Farms with her husband Pinky, they also served as Superintendents of the Delaware County Home together for eight years. In 1985, she received the Farm Wife of the Year Award. Marilyn loved to cook and bake, which she was very proud of.  She also was a member of St. John Lutheran Church (Windfall) in Cardington.

Left to cherish her memory is her children, Jackie (Jim) Creamer of Dayton, Elizabeth “Liz” Sheets of Toledo, Denise (Doug) Grow of North Lewisburg, Thad Ray of Raymond and Colleen (Scott) Shaw of Delaware; grandchildren, Amber, Sasha, Hayley, Troy, Stephen, Colin;, Rob (Mischa), Jamie (Jen); great-grandchildren, Tyana, Bodhi, E’Niyah, E’Mauria, Matthew, Morgan, Jasmine, Jessica and Xavier; sister, Ann (Marvin) Heimlich of Cardington; sister-in-law, Sharon Boger of Cardington; brother-in-law, Merlin “Boots” (Marlene) Sheets of Delaware; extended family, as well as a host of farming and community friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her sister Larelle Boger and her brother Mannas Boger, sister-in-law and her husband Ron and Rachel Zook.

Per their wishes, Marilyn and Pinky’s bodies were donated to the Ohio State University Department of Anatomy.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at The Barn at All Occasions Banquet Facility, 6989 Waldo-Delaware Rd., Waldo, OH 43356, where a Celebration of Life Service will follow at 5:30 pm with Pastor Adam Sornchai officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sarah Moore Home Service Board, c/o Bonnie Graham, P.O. Box 263, Delaware, OH 43015 or St. John Lutheran Church (Windfall), 5070 Newmans Cardington Rd., Cardington, OH 43315.

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  • What a wonderful woman and a great friend. You will be missed by so many. I’ll always cherish your friendship and keep you in my heart always.

  • Colleen, Denise & Liz,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Youe mother was a wonderful person. May she rest in peace.

  • So sorry for the loss. What a lovely lady. Can just see the siblings and Pinky together and it brings a smile. May our Lord and Savior give you peace and comfort.
    Jim and Nancy Cessna

  • We’ll be getting together again soon, to laugh, about days and lives past. Alden Louis and Lorraine Kern Nolting

  • She has left an amazing legacy. Nurturing, caring, bright, cheerful and diligent. May all the beautiful memories keep her close to your hearts.
    Love and comfort to all of those closest to her.
    God Bless,
    Cindy (Booher) Kartak

  • I’ve known Marilyn for a number of years, met her when she and Pinky run the county. My in-laws worked there and my daughter stayed with them. Marilyn was a big support of the organization I worked for, Council for Older Adults and I was a big supporter of the county home and the effort to save it. We had a lot of long talks over the county home back then. A truly wonderful woman with a strong man behind her. Loved them both.

  • I had the privilege of meeting and working with Marilyn on the Sarah Moore Service Board and I was always impressed with her work ethics and pie making skills. She was energetic and always willing to help with any project that improved the comfort of the residents of Sarah Moore. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rest In peace dear Marilyn.

  • I have known Marilyn for many years. She was always willing to help out others, and was a big part of Sarah Moore Home for many years. She will be missed by many. My love & prayers to her family.

  • So sorry for the loss that all who knew Marilyn are feeling at this time. She always made me feel welcome no matter the occasion or location. Blessings and comfort to her family.

  • My condolences and deepest sympathies to Liz and the entire family. May God give you comfort and strength at this time, and the months to come.

  • She was a wonderful woman and I will always remember her and her positive attitude. She will be greatly missed. Prayers to the family.

  • Thoughts and prayers to your loving families! Missing your mother and father at Sarah Moore.