Marilyn Ann Stoner, age 79, a longtime resident of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2017, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family. Marilyn was born on September 6, 1937, in Cedar Springs, Michigan, to the late Edwin and Treva Mae (Stout) Hoven. She was the fourth of five children born on her family farm. Marilyn was a graduate of Cedar Springs Public Schools and she trained as an x-ray technician, which led to her position at Dr. Branyan’s office in Cedar Springs where she met her husband Gordon. They were married on October 6, 1961. Marilyn enjoyed many things in life, she utilized her green thumb in the garden and belonged to the local garden club. Marilyn loved to plan parties for family birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, because she loved proving for her family, and her love for them was immeasurable. Marilyn was also a woman of deep faith, seeing the Lord in everything she did, and walked with him daily. Marilyn is survived by her loving children Debra Stoner, Kathy (Bruce) Proctor, Susan (Joseph) Blood, Lisa DeRuyscher, Sam (Stephanee) Stoner, and Amanda (Chad) Hoke; grandchildren, Debra (Scott) Ploeg, John (Kerry Halloran) Proctor, Katrina (Timothy) Chaffee, Jared Proctor, Lauren (Austin) Jackson, Jayce Kraus, Nicholas DeRuyscher, Maxwell Stoner, Anderson Stoner, Madalyn Hoke, Katelyn Hoke, and Nathan Hoke; great-granddaughter Aurora Proctor; brothers Max (Lee) Hoven; sister Margene Swanson; brother Hugh (Connie) Hoven; and numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, and other beloved members of the Stoner and Hoven families. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon D. Stoner; and sister Shirley (Charles) Dean. There was a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service was celebrated by Rev. Dan Hoven at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home. There was also a one hour visitation prior to the service. Marilyn will be laid to rest in Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont, Michigan. The family would like to thank the individuals at the Lacks Cancer Center and Faith Hospice for their exceptional care and support over these last four months. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Saint Mary’s Foundation for the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, 200 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or to Faith Hospice – Development Office, 2100 Raybrook Street SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford