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Marilyn Jean Vela

July 23, 1943 ~ January 20, 2022 (age 78)


ELKHART-Marilyn J. Vela, 79, passed away January 20, 2022, at her home in Elkhart.  She was born July 23, 1942, in Elkhart to the late Harold & Erma (Bloss) Smeltzer.

  In 1970 she married Jesus Vela; he preceded her in death. 

  Surviving are 7 children, Deb (Larry) Thomas, Linda Carroll, Cindy Carroll, Joe Vela, Ann Vela, Jerry Vela, Natalie Vela, 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

  Marilyn enjoyed crocheting, doing puzzles, shopping and in her younger years was a very good baton twirler.  She will be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother and her family will truly miss her.   

  Memorial contributions may be given to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

  Elkhart Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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