Marilyn L. Winden (née Dahl), age 85, of Roseville, MN died peacefully of kidney failure January 4, 2021, at EagleCrest Senior Living in Roseville, MN.
Marilyn was born April 16, 1935, in Willmar, MN. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend; a steadfast cook, natural athlete and competitor.
Marilyn was preceded in death by parents Paul and Margaret Dahl, husband Charles Richard Winden, and four siblings, Reynold, Lois, Buddy, and Corky. She is survived by brother Charles (Jo) Dahl, children Susan (John) Hall, Richard, and Dana. Grandchildren Adam Meyer (Jen Simon), Brenna Hall, Sarah (Greg) Beckius, Ashley Winden (Jack Hansen), great grandson William Beckius, and several nieces and nephews.
In the early years Marilyn played sports at every opportunity. She was a forward on her high school basketball team, swishing from center court when girls played half court ball. She pitched for the girl’s softball team. Later she was active in her local bowling league and tournaments, with a 178 average. Weekly golf league at Bunker Hills Golf Club even earned a club championship. She enjoyed the friendly competition and weekend trips with buddies. Lifelong friends including “The Willmar Girls” would frequently gather for coffee and lengthy lunches full of hearty laughter.
For decades Marilyn made homemade dinners nightly and nurtured family as her hardworking Scandinavian roots taught her. Family and friends regularly enjoyed her home baked bread and other delicious sweets. Her favorite ways to share love were through food, knitted blankets, laughs, and most importantly, hugs.
Marilyn’s love for PGA golf ran deep. Each tournament brought great joy during the season, and VHS tapes of favorites helped get through the off season. For how often they were mentioned, Arnie, Jack and Tiger might as well have been family.
Marilyn was a faithful member of Sunrise United Methodist Church in Moundsview. She will be deeply missed by her family and dear friends. Her family offers sincere gratitude to the many devoted and loving caregivers at EagleCrest, and Jen, NP at Genevive.
Private family service and interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Marilyn Winden to: University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Family Resource Center Fund 11814
or mailed to:
University of Minnesota Foundation
Family Resource Center Fund 11814
P.O. Box 860266
Minneapolis, MN 55486