Marilyn Fay Gunnarson
Marilyn Fay Gunnarson passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 14, 2023 at the Baylor Heart Hospital Plano, Texas.
Marilyn was born April 16, 1934, to Peter and Frances Peterson of Granite Falls, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and she was very proud of her Scandinavian heritage.
Marilyn was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1956, with a degree in Elementary Education. She married the love of her life, Ben Gunnarson, on April 20, 1957, at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church. In 1963, they moved to Dallas, Texas, where they raised their 3 children: Andrea, Gregory and Patricia. They were married for sixty-six wonderful years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Frances Peterson, her brother, Paul Peterson and her son Gregory Gunnarson.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Ben Gunnarson, daughters Andrea Janak and husband Dean, Patricia Grossman and husband Steven, grandchildren: Allison Achtenberg and husband Alan, Grayson Janak, and Jordyn Gunnarson. She is also survived by her brother, Gale Peterson and wife Diane, sister, Cheryl Austin and husband Orlo, sister-in-law Darlene Peterson Hauschild and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Marilyn was a faithful woman who loved the Lord and her family. She will be greatly missed.
A special thanks to Dr. Ryan Mandell, Dr. Andrew Nguyen and the nursing staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart Hospital for their expert care.
Please join us in celebrating Marily’s life by signing the guestbook, sharing your memories and uploading your favorite photos of him to the memorial page. https://my.gather.app/remember/marilyn-gunnarson
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It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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Aunt Marilyn was a joy to be with! She was beautiful, classy, and funny. Heaven has gained an awesome Angel, but I am so sorry for your loss.
Our deepest condolences. Marilyn was a beautiful, strong and kind woman. Our families have been friends over 50 years. Your hurting is our hurting. We were so blessed to have her touch our lives. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day… Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.” – Anonymous