Marilyn L. Louwerens

Marilyn Louise Louwerens, age 82, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. and formerly of Clinton died peacefully with her loving family by her side under the gentle care of Hospice of Lenawee. She was born June 28, 1931, in Clinton, the daughter of George and Elnora (Walker) Brooks. She married Douglas Vogel in 1950. She then married Henry Louwerens in 1969; he preceded her in death. Marilyn was a teacher in the Deerfield and Adrian school districts. She then taught in Florida until her retirement in the 1980’s and then continued to tutor children. She, along with her husband Henry until his death, owned, operated, and lived for “The Book Store” in DeFuniak Springs until 2008. She was very active in community affairs, was a member of the DeFuniak Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Garden Club. Marilyn was an avid sports fan and attended the Clinton Assembly of God. Her greatest joy in life in addition to her family was her love of books. Marilyn was known for giving away books to kids and those in need. She wanted everyone to read and if you knew her, you probably received a box of books. Marilyn is survived by her son Robert (Joyce) Vogel of Tecumseh; daughters Elizabeth Sinclair of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. Diane (Tim) Merritt of Brooklyn, Mich.; and Susan Hurt of Nashville, Tenn.; brother Roger (Mary Margaret) Brooks of Manchester; sisters Patty (Tom) Carlton of Clinton and Shirley (Richard) Krzyzaniak of Manchester; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry; daughter Nancy; two sons-in-laws David Sinclair and James Hurt.At her request, cremation has taken place and a private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marilyn’s memory to Hospice of Lenawee. Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.HandlerFunderalHomes.com.

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