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Marilyn Mae Ely

February 26, 1930 — January 12, 2023


Marilyn Mae Ely

Marilyn M. Ely (Carns), 92, of Vicksburg, passed away on January 12, 2023. Marilyn was born on February 26, 1930 in Allegan, MI the daughter of the late James LeRoy (Roy) and Bertha (Wilson) Carns. She graduated from Bronson School of Nursing in 1951.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Thomas of 64 years. She is survived by her 4 children: Carol (Tom) Johnston, Tom Ely, Beth (Pete) Dever, Lisa (Denny) Ritchie; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; sister: Irene Waanders; brother: Sidney (Mary Ann) Carns and several nieces and nephews.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 1-4 PM at RJ's Sports Bar and Grill, 8118 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002.

While visiting Marilyn’s webpage at please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with her family. The Ely family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. (269) 679-5622 

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 30, 2023

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

RJ's Sports Bar and Grill

8118 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002

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