Marilyn R. Horvath, 78, formerly of Manhattan, died peacefully at her daughter’s home in Olathe, Kansas on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
She was born March 9, 1938 to Ray B. Rhoades and Gertrude M. (Smith) Rhoades in Sheridan County, north of Quinter, Kansas. She attended Quinter schools, graduating from Quinter High School in 1956 as Salutatorian, and attended Fort Hays State College.
In 1957, she married Virgil J. Norton, also of Quinter. They lived in Manhattan, KS, Corvallis, OR, Columbia, MO, Annandale and Alexandria, VA, and Wakefield, RI. Marilyn worked as a secretary on several college campuses as well as a real estate company.
Marilyn and her daughters moved to Manhattan, Kansas in 1971 where she enrolled at Kansas State University, graduating Cum Laude in 1974 with a B.S. degree in Business Education. For the next few years she taught all the business classes at Monsignor Luckey High School in Manhattan.
Marilyn began employment in the Finance and Accounting Department at Kansas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company in 1980 and retired in 1992. During that time, she also taught evening business classes for several semesters at Manhattan Area Vocational Technical School. She was a member of Manhattan Christian Businesswomen Association, serving as treasurer for several years.
In 1981, Marilyn married David K. Horvath. They met in Parents Without Partners (PWP), where they made many friends and continued those friendships with monthly Remarried Group gatherings. They loved to travel, visiting many relatives around the country. David preceded her in death in 2015.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was active in Women’s Bible Study and United Methodist Women’s Lydia Circle. Her faith was very important to her. She loved playing hymns on the piano, reciting scripture and singing.
Marilyn was very creative and loved to sew, do crafts, cross-stitch and decorate sweatshirts and t-shirts for her family. She made many beautiful quilts, one of which won a purple ribbon at the Riley County 4-H Fair. She was part of a quilting group that met on a regular basis.
Marilyn and David moved to Aberdeen Village in Olathe, Kansas in 2012 and then to Stratford Commons Memory Care Community in Overland Park in 2013. They enjoyed family visits, the music and activities, and became like family to many of the nurses and staff at the Memory Care Community.
Marilyn was loving, outgoing, caring and a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife and friend.
She is survived by daughters, Kathleen Owens and Kristeen (John) Atkinson of Olathe, KS; stepdaughters, Linda (John) Harold of Topeka and Karen (Rodney) Odgers of Pittsburg, KS; grandchildren Courtney Yantis and Alyssa Owens of Olathe, Kyle (Brooke) Butler of Bellevue, NE, Alyssa (Jacob) Eubanks of Overland Park, David (Sarah) Harold of Houston, TX; Lindsey Harold and Jarvis (Jebel) Odgers of Topeka; and Monica (Jeremy) Apt of Mission, KS; and great-grandchildren James Harold, Elden Odgers, and Annabelle and Carter Apt.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Keith Ray Rhoades.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff with Asana Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Saturday, January 28th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. The family will greet friends prior to and after the service. Cremation will follow the services.
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Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.