Marilyn Joy Rausch

GUNTER — Marilyn Joy Rausch, the daughter of Gershom and Edna Van Roekel was born December 17, 1942 in Hull, IA. She graduated from Boyden-Hull High School and received her Bachelor of Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. She taught elementary school for 35 years in Minnesota, Iowa and Texas. Here teaching experience included a variety of rural and urban settings. After her teaching career, she and her husband own and managed their company, JMR Excavation.

Marilyn and James W. Rausch were married for 31 years. They shared time traveling, with family and doing gardening and landscaping around their home in Gunter, TX. She was an avid fan of the Cowboys and loved attending the games with her husband. She loved the annual weekends with her three sisters which allowed them to reminiscence, play games and just enjoy each other’s company.

Marilyn is survived by her husband Jim Rausch, stepdaughter Shauna (Ryan) Runkle of Spencer, Iowa, three grandchildren; Austin Dotson, Alyssa Dotson, and Jud Runkle, and great grandson; Cooper Dotson all of Spencer IA, her siblings; Beth Westra of Fulda MN, Carole (Walt) Kilmanas of Minnetrista MN, Gene (Carol) Van Roekel of Hull, IA, and Linn (Bradley) Ver Meer of Overland Park, KS.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents; Gershom and Edna Van Roekel, brother-in-law; Dwayne Westra and grandniece; Sarah Jane Woitalewicz.

Services will be held at 10:30 am Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Van Alstyne with Pastor Scott Holcomb-McLain officiating. Burial will follow at Hall Cemetery in Howe. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Scoggins Funeral Home.

Donations in memory of Marilyn Rausch can be made to the Marilyn Rausch Cancer Foundation account #4182016719. These funds will provide assistance to the families of children receiving care in the area pediatric cancer facilities.

A special thank you to Dr. Tammy Roque and her staff for all the loving care provided to Marilyn.

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