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Marilyn Lois (Cruikshank) Dearing

August 17, 1932 ~ December 24, 2021 (age 89)


Marilyn L. Dearing, age 89, of Annandale made her final journey home on December 24, 2021 surrounded by four generations of family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale with visitation from 9:30-10:50 a.m. at the church. Fr. John Meyer will Celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery in Maple Lake. Memorials are preferred to the American Kidney Fund. The service will be live-streamed on the funeral home website.

Marilyn Lois Cruikshank was born August 17, 1932, the firstborn child of William and Pearl Cruikshank. She graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1950 and went on to marry her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Wayne Dearing, on August 19, 1950. They shared 71 years of building a legacy of love while working side by side on the farm. Together, they raised four children who also worked with them on the farm. Marilyn knew what hard work reaped and passed that on to her children and grandchildren. She also knew how to enjoy life, whether it was her and Wayne traveling the world, hosting extended family in their home, or a good card game with lifelong friends. They spent many winters in Arizona and made many friends that became their "winter family". Marilyn enjoyed gifting her hand made quilts and canned goods from her huge garden.

Her love of flowers was admired by everyone as they passed the farm and saw her glorious flower beds. Her home was always meticulous, yet the grandkids could tear around the huge farmhouse playing hide and seek and she would never say a word. She loved spending time with the grandchildren; she taught the girls how to cook from scratch and the boys how to play on the farm when they were actually "working" on the farm. Marilyn was blessed with wonderful grandchildren who spent countless hours with her and Grandpa cooking, working along side of her in the flower bed, and of course, card games!

Marilyn was a faithful member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale and enjoyed volunteering at the church and leading the rosary at the Annandale Care Center.

Marilyn has left a void that can never be filled. Knowing that she is in God's hands is a comfort to all that loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne; their children, Nancy of Maple Lake, Jim (Pat) of Annandale, John of Annandale, and Susan (Curt) Smith of Brooklyn Park; four grandchildren, Wayne Dearing, Tracey (Jim) Jude, Chad (Bre) Smith, and Courtney (Ben) Revering; ten great-grandchildren, Emma, Kendra, Colin, Kelsi, Matthew, Chloe, Joe, Charlee, Emrie, and Adaline; brother, William (Kay) Cruikshank; and sisters-in-law, Ann Cruikshank and Irene Dearing. Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, William and Pearl Cruikshank; brother, Robert Cruikshank; brothers-in-law, Don Paumen, Tom Dearing, and Tom Love; and sisters-in-law, Sharon Cruikshank, Ang Paumen, and June Love.

Marilyn's grandchildren will serve as urn bearers. The St. Ignatius Music Ministry will provide the music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

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December 29, 2021

9:30 AM to 10:50 AM
St. Ignatius Catholic Church
35 Birch Street East
Annandale, MN 55302

Mass of Christian Burial
December 29, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Ignatius Catholic Church
35 Birch Street East
Annandale, MN 55302

Video is available for this event


American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville MD 20852
Tel: 1-800-638-8299

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