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Marilyn Fay Gunnarson

April 16, 1934 –
 May 14, 2023


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.

Celebration of Life

June 16, 2023
2:00 pm
North Dallas Funeral Home
2710 Valley View Ln Farmers Branch, TX 75234
    Connie Cwynar
    18 May 2023

    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.

    Judy Manning / Wally Manning
    18 May 2023

    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

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Dear John,

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Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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