Marilyn Jean Myers Bolyard, 63, of Norwalk, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in Norwalk Memorial Home.
She was born April 6, 1944, in Champion, Ill., to Otis A. and Donna Mae (Otto) Myers, and came to this area in 1972 from Chicago. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where she was involved in the Logos program. She had worked for Ewell & Associates Real Estate of Norwalk; Mike Myers -- Century 21 Real Estate of Norwalk; and was co-owner of The Good Earth Trading Company. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce where she was on the board of directors and was a member of the Real Estate Group and Lions Club. She was a volunteer for the United Fund, Meals on Wheels and Hospice of Fisher-Titus Medical Center. She was a mentor for young women. She participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and Komen Race for the Cure. Marilyn touched many people in all walks of life. She had a kind heart and a giving personality. She is leaving behind many wonderful friends and extended family members who will cherish her memories forever.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Kim Bolyard and Randall and Shellie Bolyard, all of Columbus, Ryan and Kate Chapin of Missoula, Mont., Austin Chapin of Missoula, and Eric Chapin; by her brothers and sister-in-law, Marvin Myers of Duluth, Ga., and Melvin and Judy Myers of Danville, Ill.; sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Randy Ray of Peoria, Ill.; three grandchildren; 13 nieces and 10 nephews; her ex-husband, Robert Bolyard of Norwalk; and by her faithful friend and caregiver, Diane Hire, who cared for and stood by Marilyn's side throughout the battle with her disease.
She was preceded in death by her partner, Karen Chapin; by her parents; and by a niece and two nephews.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Funeral services will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may by made to National Institutes of Health Frontotemporal Dementias-Corticobasal Degeneration, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.
Condolences may be made by going to edwalkerfunerahome.com.