Marilyn Rose Mears (Layton) Borden

Nov 24, 1929 - Oct 22, 2012


Marilyn Rose Mears (Layton) Borden, 82, beloved wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many, died peacefully at her home in Landrum, S.C. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

Marilyn was born Nov. 24, 1929, in Dayton, Ohio, to Robert and Margaret (Hurst) Mears. She was a 1947 graduate of Sandusky High School, and was an active alumni; she traveled most years for reunions and enjoyed visiting with old friends.

She was a long time member of Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky, and for many years sang in the church choir. Marilyn performed in musical concerts all of her life and sang in groups at school, church, and at weddings and funerals. Marilyn had a beautiful mezzosoprano voice and performed everything from liturgical scores to Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

She also assisted her husband, Donald, install many fine pipe organs in Florida and Ohio.

Marilyn worked in real estate and at Good Samaritan Hospital, now Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky. 

She loved to travel, was an avid gardener, and an enthusiastic and talented amateur artist, leaving a legacy of many beautiful paintings with family and friends. Marilyn loved life and loved to laugh, and it is with the deepest sadness that we say good-bye. She had a deep and abiding love for her family and friends, and was a warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. We will all miss her and remember her with love, always.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Donald Borden; her four children, Rebecca (Pat) Goldson of Hamilton, Mont., Jonathan (Linda) Layton of Gahanna, Ohio., Tina (Richard) Braessler, of Westerville, Ohio., and Timothy Layton, of Page, Ariz.; two stepchildren, David (Alexis) Borden, of Las Vegas, and Barbara Borden of Louisville, Ky.; six grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; two brothers, James (Joni) Mears and John (Judy) Mears, of Sandusky; one sister, Doti Mears Turgeon, of Arizona; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Richard Mears; one grandson, Nathan Layton; and one stepdaughter, Deborah Ann Gore.

Friends may call 2-4 and 6:00-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, and from 9 a.m. until a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. John B. Mawhirter will officiate. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 127, Landrum, SC., 19356.

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