Marilyn Patterson, 86

Marilyn Patterson, 86, of Austin, Minnesota, and formerly of Gilman, Iowa, died on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at her home with her family by her side.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 12, 2016, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church. A reception will be held after the service in the Friendship Center of the church. Interment will be held privately on Tuesday at Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with the family present to greet friends from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be designated to Quilts of Valor, Mayo Hospice, or to the Gilman Community Betterment Fund, mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Marilyn is survived by three daughters, Kathy Davis of Irving, Texas, Sally (Steve) Kriegel of Gilman, and Joyce (Tom) Harris of Grimes, Iowa; son, Tom (Kim) Patterson of Gilman; 7 grandchildren (Angie Davis, Jared and Sarah Kriegel, William and Stephanie Patterson, Adam and Scott Harris); 4 great-grandchildren (Caitlin Monk, Connor, Alyssa and Callen Kriegel); siblings, Mac (Elaine) Thornes of Marshalltown, Iowa and Genevieve Paxson of Ocala, Florida; companion, Donald Wolfe of Austin, Minnesota and his children, Renee Brunner of Owatonna, Minnesota and Rhonda Puetz of Rolling Stone, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant twin daughters, Marilee and Marilynn Patterson; Glen and Elizabeth (Ward) Patterson and several in-laws.