Marilyn Chant Obituary
Marilyn Chant, Oct. 22, 1943 to Nov. 5, 2018.
Born in Tulare, Calif. to John Albert Oliver and Hazel Lillian O’Neal Oliver. She was the second of four children, an older brother Jack and younger twins, Phyllis and Alan. Marilyn attended school in California until the summer before her senior year of high school when her father was transferred to Mason City, Iowa. She graduated from Mason City High School. She graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Marilyn completed postgraduate studies in ESL at Hamline University. She married Richard W. Chant and later divorced.
She was proud to have raised her children in a three-generation home with her parents in Lake City. Marilyn enjoyed reading, traveling, tending her flowers, socializing, PBS television and reading the paper on her front porch.
Marilyn was a passionate teacher and loved her students from so many parts of the world. In the past five years she has enjoyed being a host mom/grandma to Humphrey Fellows and their families from Vietnam, the Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In the last months of her life she often said that she was “feeling so loved and prayed for by so many people I love all over the world.”
She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Moranville, Harlingen, Texas; children, Wesley, Forest Lake and Allison, Minneapolis; son-in-law, Mark Jensen; and beloved grandchildren, Ainsleigh and Gavin Jensen. Ainsleigh and Gavin will remember that Grammy saw most things in the world as “beauuutiful” and “wonnnnderful.” She was preceded in death by both parents, brothers, Jack and Alan, nephews, Matthew and Jason and other loved ones. Thank you to Allina Hospice, Ross, Rhonda, Danielle and team and to Marilyn’s “home team,” Kath, Pam and Karen. Your gifts are abundant and greatly appreciated.
A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at Silverwood Park in the Great Hall, 2500 County Road E., West St. Paul, MN 55112. Flowers can be sent to Silverwood only the day of the service. Memorials preferred to Allina Hospice. Burial to follow in the spring of 2019 in Frontenac.