AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Marilyn Gorham, of Mora, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at her home. She was 89 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Mora United Methodist Church.
VISITATION will be held on Friday, April 5th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home; plus one hour prior to the service (from 10:00-11:00 a.m.) on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Marilyn Marie Gorham passed away at her home in Mora, MN on March 28th, 2019 at the age of 89 years.
Marilyn was born on Feb 24, 1930 to Zola and Elsie Hansen of Peace Township, MN. By the time Marilyn started school, the family had moved to Warman. She started the first grade in the Warman two-room school at the age of five. Her mother was a school teacher at Bean Brook school, while Marilyn attended high school in Mora. As Elsie never drove, Marilyn drove her to Bean Brook school and then took the school bus to Mora. She graduated from Mora High School in 1947. Marilyn and her classmates remained close, celebrating class reunions for over 50 years. After high school, Marilyn continued her education, graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Home Economics. During her college years, she lived with her aunt and uncle, working for them to earn her room and board.
After college, Marilyn worked for Northern States Power, demonstrating new electric stoves and ovens. When products were purchased, she even cooked a meal for the new owner of the stove. Once she met her future husband, Robert Gorham, who lived in Mora, she left that job to move closer to home, and began teaching Home Economics in Isle.
Robert and Marilyn were married in the Wahkon Presbyterian Church on June 6th, 1953. It was a hot June day and the church was filled with fresh lilacs, one of Marilyn’s favorite flowers. Following their wedding, they honeymooned at Bay Lake. As Bob’s wallet was “stolen” by the groomsmen at the wedding, Marilyn paid for the excursion. The couple settled in Mora, living first in rental houses and then with Bob’s folks. While Marilyn continued teaching in Isle, Bob worked with his father and brother running the local hardware store. They eventually built a small two bedroom house on McLean Street, known fondly as the ‘Little House.’ After their three children, Mike, Pat, and Julie, were born, a larger home, designed by Bob and Marilyn, was built on the corner next door, and Marilyn settled into life as a homemaker. This was Marilyn’s home for the rest of her life and her love for it was evident. Her home was filled with not only lovely things acquired from their many trips across the country and around the world, but also with many warm memories of her family and friends. One of her greatest joys was hosting visitors, whether they were family, friends, or soon-to-be friends, in her home.
Among Marilyn’s many other interests were her garden, her book club, the United Methodist women’s organizations, Eastern Star, the American Association of University Women, and the Kanabec History Center. Marilyn was an avid volunteer for the Vasaloppet and the food pantry, and enjoyed being a poll worker for local elections. She loved to cook and bake; baking bread was her specialty. Marilyn was an intrepid traveler with friends and family. She also loved to fish for walleye during annual fishing trips to Canada. Marilyn loved and cared for her family, passing on many of her interests and traits to them. Her love for her family was evident, and her grandchildren were blessed to have her care for them often.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Zola; mother, Elsie; her husband, Bob; a stillborn son; and her sister, Marjorie.
She is survived by her brother, John (Helen) Hansen; two sons Mike (Wendy) and Pat (Carmel) Gorham; one daughter Julie (Bruce) Freeman; grandchildren, Rachel (Tony), Neil, Thomas, Eugene, Nicholas (Andrea), Angela, and Lisa; and great-grandchildren Anna, Lydia, Zoë, and Josiah.