Marilyn, 65 of Baxter, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Mercy One Medical Center in Newton, Iowa. Memorial services are pending.
Marilyn was born on January 7th, 1955 to Isaac and Patricia (Luckey) Strickland in Newton, IA. She attended Baxter school the class of 1973. Marilyn and Russell got married on May 9, 1997 at Lake Red Rock in Knoxville Iowa. Marilyn worked for CDS Global for 25 years as a Quality Assurance Analyst before retiring in December of 2019. Marilyn could light a room as soon as she walked in, she always had a smile on her face and a bounce in her step. Marilyn loved spending time with her family and seeing her grandkids and great-grandchildren. Things she really enjoyed doing the most were, Fishing, cooking, bird watching, sewing, traveling, going to the fair, going to garage sales, she loved to play BINGO, getting on Facebook to catch up with family and friends , and she loved to crochet. Most of all she just enjoyed life. She was a friend to all and always had a smile on her face.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Russell Allspach of Baxter, IA; children Craig (Cindra) Cather of Indianola, IA, Carrie (Stephen) Fuches of Altoona, IA, Carl Cather of Thornton, CO, Courteny (John) Lehman of Hollister, MO, step-children Gina (Danny) Hewitt of Newton, IA, and Eric Allspach of Newton, IA; grandchildren Kyle Cather, Noah Cather, Dylan Haase, Matthew Cather, Alayna Cather, Owen Cather, Baby Cather due 2020, Jonathan Lehman, Nicholas Lehman, Emily Lehman, Christian Hewitt, Kayla Hewitt-Otta, and Zach Hewitt; great-grandchildren Liam Cather, Lane Cather, Kambree Adams, Able Otta, Acyn Lowery, and Jaxyn Lowery; siblings Mike (Marilyn) Strickland of Huron, OH, Kathy Morris of Des Moines, IA, John (Diana) Strickland of Baxter, IA, and Janet (Sam Voss) Strickland of Mitchellville, IA; mother-in-law Kate Allspach of Newton, IA; brother-in-law Byron (Diana) Allspach of Newton, IA; sisters-in-law Teresa Baarda of Baxter, IA, Ruby (Lee) Olson of Levingsworth, KS, Cindy (Bob) Swihart of Newton, IA, and Peggy Allspach of Newton, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents Isaac and Patricia Strickland.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Marilyn Allspach Memorial and mailed to P.O. Box 86, Baxter, Iowa, 50028.
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Marilyn, I wanted to call you so badly yesterday to chat about work stuff. Who am I gonna talk to when I am frustrated. You always found a way to make me laugh at every problem, every debacle. I’m no longer have someone who completely understands where I’m coming from. You talked me down from more ledges that I can count. And u have heard all my personal tragedies and trials and have comforted me every time my heart was hurting (when my dad died, when my brother died, when my many pets over the years died, and when things with my kids were not going well). I really need to talk to you. I wish you were still here. :(