In Memory of




Obituary for Marilyn Denise Meelker

Marilyn passed away peacefully at Fairview Home where she had been a resident since 2016.

She was predeceased by her parents William and Hilda Grigg, sister Jacqueline Grigg, and her husband of 60 years, Guenther, who passed away in 2019.

She is survived by her daughter Karen, her son Gary, and her one grandchild Melissa.

Marilyn was born in Brandon and lived in Brandon her entire life. There was a brief stint when her family moved to Prince Albert, SK but it was so short we feel it doesn’t count. Marilyn was a Brandonite through and through. If you were walking with her down a street or through a store, Marilyn would always know someone and stop to chat. Marilyn worked in the cash offices at Eaton’s and later at Woolco before working in the payroll office at the Brandon School Division until she retired in 1999.

Marilyn was a kind person and was fiercely loyal, but you would always know if she didn’t like something! Marilyn was generous and thoughtful, and she always had time for a cup of tea and a cookie. She loved to read and shared her love of books with her family. In her retirement years, she read every Harry Potter book. She was a talented crafter and spent many hours knitting and cross-stitching.

Music was important to Marilyn, and she always looked forward to the Brandon and Winnipeg Folk Festivals, and she attended the Huron Carole every year that the concert was held in Brandon which supported local food banks. You could always put a smile on Marilyn’s face and a bounce in her step by playing an Elton John song, and she cherished the memories of seeing him in concert not once, but twice!

Marilyn had a very special relationship with her granddaughter Melissa and was so proud of her. They shared a special bond that will be remembered with every cup of tea in a special Grandma mug and every sighting of an owl in the night sky.

The family sends heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Fairview Home and especially the 4th floor staff for so many years of care and compassion. We also thank Lori and Susan from Life Matters Personal Care for years of care and dedication to Marilyn and Guenther.

The family will cherish her memory privately.

Donations in memory of Marilyn may be made to your local food bank.

“Oh, I've finally decided my future lies, beyond the yellow brick road” (Elton John)