Marlys Yvonne Abbott passed away peacefully on June 9, 2019, with her family at her side.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m Tuesday, June 18, at Dawson City Hall, Dawson, with Rev. Jacob DeBoer officiating.
There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Burial will be held at the Dawson Cemetery.
Marlys Mahin was born on April 15, 1939, in Steele. She was the second of four and the first daughter born to Agnes (Jensen) and Frank Mahin. She was raised and lived her whole life in Dawson and graduated from Dawson High School.
Marlys met Shelby Paul Abbott as a child growing up in Dawson. They were married on Aug. 1, 1964.
Even though her life had many challenges due to Bipolar Disorder, Marlys was fortunate to have many things that she loved in her life that helped her to light up the dark days. Over the years, our Dad always said to us, when times were tough and her illness seemed to be winning, “We just have to be tough, because we know the good times that are coming will erase the bad times right now.” He was always right about that.
Marlys loved Dawson; it was her home. There were many things that left her memory in her final months with us, but home and Dawson were not among them. She loved her husband, the love of her life, and has missed him and grieved for him for the 2,738 days she was on this earth without him by her side.
Marlys felt the loss of her mom and her husband everyday she was without them. They were her everyday touchstone that kept her grounded. The everyday phone call with her best friend, Pearl, filled that void.
She loved her children and grandchildren. Her children quickly moved down on the list of importance as soon as she became a grandmother.
Marlys loved reading, crocheting, pretty things and bright colors. She loved to visit with her mom and Pearl over coffee. She loved to dress up and have her hair, nails and makeup done, along with matching jewelry in place. She loved food and sharing it with any grandchildren who stayed on the farm, which was often. In the summer, their house was especially full, as we lost our children to grandma and grandpa’s house. Wonderful memories were made over thousands of hours spent on that farm.
Marlys entered the Baptist Home in Bismarck in 2016 and she was loved and cared for by their amazing staff as if she were their very own mom and grandma.
Marlys is survived by her children, Vicki (Mark) Berreth, Lisbon, John (Stacy) Abbott, Dawson, and Jill (Brian) Schneider, Tuttle; grandchildren, Jennifer Berreth, Lisbon, Jessica Abbott (Matt Kuhn), Dawson, Ashlee (Jarrod) Leingang, Bismarck, Steven (Rikki) Berreth, Washburn, Erica Schneider, Bismarck, Elizabeth Schneider (Derick Roller), Bismarck, Jonathan Abbott, Dawson, and Ross Schneider, Tuttle; her great-grandchildren, Ethan and Aiden Berreth, Lisbon, and Shaun Kuhn, Dawson, Harper Kline, Bismarck, Jacob and Ben Leingang, Bismarck; her sisters, Carol (Darrel) Morrison, Wahpeton, and Linda (Doug) Houghton, Albertville, Minn.; her in-laws, Aurial and Richard Luedtke, Dickinson and Jean Schirber, Maple Grove, Minn.
Marlys was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Agnes Mahin; her older brother, Richard Mahin; her husband, Shelby; her other mom, Elsa Abbott; and her best, most loyal and truest friend, Pearl Gunsch.
We are sure that after the joyous reunion between our mom and dad, the very next thing was the coffee party to end all parties as Marlys, Agnes, Pearl and Elsa sat at the table together once again.
(Eastgate/Parkway Funeral Services, Bismarck)