Marilyn Rose McAllister was born Dec.14, 1930, to Otto and Signe (Erickson) Schuler in Omaha, Neb. She was raised on a farm south of Decatur, Neb.
Marilyn attended Tekamah High School and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1948. She received her elementary teaching certificate from Midland College.
Marilyn then taught in a one room country school west of Decatur. She was responsible for studies,cleaning, as well as playing baseball with the students at recess. She later taught in the Tekamah and in Onawa schools.
Marilyn married Jerry Ronald McAllister July 20, 1956. The couple lived in Walthill, Neb., and Prairie City, Iowa. During this time they had three children, Elisabeth, Mark, and John. They moved to Dunlap in 1965.
After Jerry's death in 1969, Marilyn began teaching remedial math for grades 4-6 in the Dunlap Community School system.
Education was very important to Marilyn. She received her bachelor's degree and graduated from Dana College in 1977. She encouraged both her own children and grandchildren to achieve their own educational goals. She retired in 1993 after 23 years of dedicated teaching.
Marilyn was a member of the Dunlap St. John Lutheran Church. She served on the church council and also was treasurer of the W.E.L.C.A. Her church family was very special to her.
Marilyn was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Harrison County Retired Teachers, Dunlap Historical Society, and Entre Nous club.
Marilyn enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crafts, traveling, and attending plays at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
She was a loyal member of the Democratic Party and an avid Nebraska Cornhusker football fan.
She especially loved spending time with and cooking for her children and her beloved grandchildren.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jerry.
She is survived by her daughter, Elisabeth and her husband, Kevin Petersen of Dunlap; two sons, Mark McAllister and his wife, Theresa of Dunlap, and John McAllister and his wife, Peggy of Oyens; four grandchildren, Jake, Cole, Cassie, and Katie, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. John Lutheran Church in Dunlap. The Rev. Carla Johnsen officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest cemetery in Decatur, Neb. Visitation was Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Fouts Funeral Home in Dunlap.
Pallbearers were Joe Breckenridge, Sam Breckenridge, Mike Downing, Jonathan Larson, Cole McAllister, and Jake McAllister. Honorary pallbearers were Cassie McAllister and Katie McAllister.
The Fouts Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.