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Marilyn Jean Covey

November 26, 1932 ~ October 25, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Marilyn Covey Obituary

Marilyn Jean Covey, born 11/26/1932, daughter of William and Norene Roth, died at 11:58pm on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, in her home surrounded by family.

She is survived by her 3 daughters, Toni, Vickie, and Gina; Her sainted sons-in-law, Elton Keifer and Bob Medders; 3 grandchildren plus 2 in laws and 2 great grandkids - Dr Mariah Covey, Courtney and Matt Korpak and their children Kaylin and Owen, and Brad and Chitralekha Keifer. Marilyn is also survived by her brother, Mike Roth. She was predeceased by her husband, Russell Covey. 

Marilyn was hard working, funny, a traveler, vivid, gaudy, audacious, vivacious, loud, strong, opinionated, bright, feisty, and truly authentic. She survived cancer twice. She worked a variety of jobs when she was younger, but found 2 main careers in her life... a restauranteur - Marilyn and Russell owned the Fisherman's Wharf in Edwardsburg, MI and the Parkway Inn in Elkhart, IN.  After leaving the restaurant business, Marilyn found her true calling... advertising at the radio station that is now B100. She was their top advertising saleswoman for many years. Even after retiring years ago, she is still friends with many of her clients and colleagues. Always loving a party, her retirement and 75th and 85th birthday parties were especially notable, filled with those Marilyn-lovers from many facets of her life. 

Marilyn had a zest for life that was unparalleled. When she had a surgical procedure a couple years ago, the doctor wanted her to sign a DNR order. She promptly refused, stating, "I'm only 89!"  Even this year as her health was deteriorating she was not ready to give up.  Ever the fashionista, she was always dressed to the nines. When it was suggested she consider hospice, her response this time was, "but I have all those new clothes I've never worn!"

Marilyn left her mark on California and Indiana. Those of us that knew her will certainly never forget her. She will live on in our hearts and minds. There will be a celebration of life at The Landing (2801 S Michigan St. South Bend, IN 46614) from 2-4pm on Friday, November 3.

To quote Willie Geist, she led a "life well lived," and her family invites all who knew her to come enjoy appetizers and raise a glass and share your favorite Marilyn story. Please wear bright colors, preferably orange. 

After retiring to California Marilyn had a series of senior rescue dogs from Shamrock Rescue Foundation that were able to live out their lives in style with the pampering they deserve. 

In honor of Marilyn, please make a donation to the Arthritis Foundation or the Shamrock Rescue Foundation.

Arrangements handled by Elkhart Cremation Services, 574-389-8828


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