Marilyn Marie Osmonson Wead, 81

Published 8:17 am Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Marilyn Marie Osmonson Wead, 81

Marilyn Marie Osmonson Wead, 81, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Marilyn was born on June 16, 1936, to Rufus and Valda Osmonson in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She attended a one room school in rural Freeborn County and then graduated from Austin High School. She later attended Austin Junior College and Minnesota Bible College. On her birthday in 1956, she married David Wead.

After David’s seminary in California, they moved to Basel, Switzerland, where David completed his doctor of theology degree while Marilyn worked to support the family. Marilyn spent most of her working life in the field of accounting, retiring in 2009. She also served as a minister’s wife for churches mainly in Tennessee. In Tennessee, she was minister’s wife at the Boones Creek Christian from 1972-84, Nashville First Christian Church from 1984-97 and Murfreesboro Christian Church from 1997-2009. They spent their retirement years in a resort area in Monteagle, Tennessee. Marilyn enjoyed sewing, flower arranging and travel. The couple had been in all 50 states and just over 50 countries. She loved family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid Predators hockey fan. She loved cruising on the Holland America Line.

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Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Dorothy Owens; and her brothers, Donald, Duane, Lowell, Ehrling and Ronald Osmonson.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, David; her three children, Michael with his wife, Diane, of Hallandale Beach, Florida, Cindy with her husband, Jim Presnell, of Lawrence, Kansas, and Richard with his wife, Margaret, of Aiken, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Jamie with her husband, Antonio Riley, of Tampa, Florida, Stephanie with her husband, Sean Moore, of Russell, Kentucky, Holly with her husband, Ryan Raines, of Lawrence, Christopher Presnell of Lawrence, Jennifer Wead of Aiken, and Alice Wead of Hallandale Beach;  four brothers, James of Austin, Minnesota, Merlind (Dugger) of Austin, Errol (Ozzie) of Big Lake, Minnesota, and Craig of Albert Lea; one great aunt, Verona Boe of Albert Lea; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 7 at the Murfreesboro Christian Church. Burial will be in Minnesota at a later date. Her commitment to collecting pop tops for Ronald McDonald House was known by many of her friends and family. In lieu of flowers, we request that memorial gifts be sent to the Ronald McDonald House in her name.