Marilyn Doris Powell, age 88 of Lowell passed away April 21, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Powell; sister June Seiler; and grandson Sean Powell. She is survived by her children, Terese (Roger) Brown, Patrick (Kelly) Powell, Geri (Tom) Wareck, Chris (Mike) Posthuma; grandchildren, Angie (Chip) Baker, Casey (Tammy) Brown, Jasmine (Jason) Rogers, Amy (Jody) Johnson, Kristin (Shawn) Brown, Ashleigh (Kyle) Neubecker, Lauren (Keith) Neubecker, Luke Posthuma, Morgan Posthuma, Janelle Posthuma, Matt Posthuma; and 15 great-grandchildren. Marilyn graduated as valedictorian of Ionia High School in 1947. Blessed with a beautiful signing voice, Marilyn sang in church and school choirs. She also performed at weddings and other events. Marilyn and Fred were married July 13, 1948. The couple loved to dance, and regularly made the rounds at area dance halls and ballrooms. Marilyn and Fred will also be remembered by many in Saranac as the owners of the “Sara-Snac” during the late sixties and early seventies. The family-run ice cream and sandwich stand was open summers. After raising her family, Marilyn worked in the Probate Court office for Ionia County and then began her career as executive secretary to the Warden at Michigan Training Unit through the Michigan Department of Corrections, where she retired in 1992. After retirement Marilyn moved to the Florida Keys and cared for her much loved father, Laurence Friend. Always an avid fisherman, Marilyn enjoyed time in the Keys in the winter and at her cottage in Northport during the summers. She later moved back to the Lowell area full time to be near her family and grandchildren. A memorial meet and greet will be held on May 23 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell MI 49331. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marilyn Powell Nursing Scholarship Fund.