OBITUARY

Marianne Cook Wilkins

May 7, 1939October 3, 2020

In loving memory of Marianne Cook Wilkins of Colorado Springs, Colorado who passed away on October 3, 2020 at the age of 81.

Marianne was born in Germany to Christian and Margarete. She leaves behind two sisters: Inge and Christa, and had a brother Manfred (who predeceased her). She married William (who was in the Army in Germany) at 18 and moved between the United States and Germany. They had five children: Diana, Jeanne (who predeceased her), Roger, Cyndia and James. She also leaves behind a son-in-law Darrel and daughter-in-law Shelly. She became a U.S. citizen and enjoyed her life here in the United States and Germany. They divorced in 1971. She remarried in 1985 to Bert (who preceded her in death in 2004). She was a single mother, grandmother and great grandmother at the time of her death.

Marianne enjoyed working as a waitress at the elegant Broadmoor Golf Club for over 10 years. She then worked for Cheyenne Mountain Resort at the Mountain View Restaurant for over 25 years. She enjoyed the people she worked with, and the beauty and serenity of the gorgeous landscaping, and the awesome views of Cheyenne Mountain at both resorts. Working in these two environments brought her great joy. She looked forward to going to work each day. She retired at 70.

Marianne was a strong-willed, smart woman. She was a single mother raising five children on her own for over 10 years after her divorce. She was unselfish and determined to keep her family housed, fed and clothed - sometimes working two and three jobs without relying on the system to help her. She sacrificed so much in her life to keep her family together. Her children were her top priority in life, period. With her work ethic and determination, she taught her children to have the same qualities she aspired to. When she remarried, she continued her career because she enjoyed working with the staff at Cheyenne Mountain Resort and its environment. She was able to relax a little and enjoy life outside of work without the previous struggles.

Marianne leaves behind nine grandchildren: Allen, Travis, Joshua, Matthew, Deanna, Christopher, Christian Justin and Kaylee and eleven great-grandchildren. She is also considered a grandmother to Amber and Nicole.

Marianne is very loved by her family. Thanksgiving, Christmas and coming home will never be the same without her. She was the best mom one could ever have. She did the very best she could under all circumstances. To us, she was super-mom! She sacrificed so much. Mom – we love you and thank you so much!!!

We invite you to join us at the Dove-Witt Family Mortuary this Friday, 6630 S. US Hwy 85/87, Fountain, 80817. Phone: (719) 390-4906. Time: 9:00 a.m. visitation, 10:00 a.m. Rosary and 10:30 a.m. Funeral Service. The service will also be live-streamed via Facebook for our relatives in Germany.

Services will livestream through Mountain View Mortuary's Facebook page. Click on the following link to view, but disregard the address thereon. The service is at the above address. LINK: https://www.facebook.com/Mountain-View-Mortuary-109760140680374/

You will need to wear a mask because of Covid. They are practicing safe Covid requirements for this service.

You may leave you condolences on www.dove-witt.com

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to contribute to the The Humane Society of the United States or SPCA International – Global Animal Rescue on behalf of Marianne Cook Wilkins to help the beautiful animals of this world to which she donated regularly. She did not want to see any animal suffer!!!

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

Memories

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Anne Jordan

October 14, 2020

Marianne was a dear friend. She helped me through the most difficult part of my life. I found her wisdom, wit, and truth unique for this time in history. I could discuss anything with her, and she was never afraid to talk about it.
Not only was she an example to all women, but overcame all with love. I told her she was my hero. I loved her. Now she is happy as she said she was ready to meet the Lord Jesus. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones." Psalm 116:15

JoAnn Geiselman

October 14, 2020

I am glad I got to see you again in 2011. You were always a gracious and beautiful soul inside and out. Condolences to the family members

Diana Preston

October 13, 2020

This is the hardest thing I've ever done mom. I am going to miss you for the rest of my life. You are my rock, my foundation, my heart, my soul - my everything. I can't believe you're gone. Coming home will never be the same. I miss our daily phone calls and our Facebook chats. I was looking forward to Christmas!!!

Bread's "Everything I Own" song says it so profoundly. Please listen to all of the words to get the depth of my love for you mom. It goes beyond that. I just don't know what I'm going to do for the next 10 - 20 years without you. I love you so much mom!!!!

"I would give anything I own,
I'd give up my life, my heart, my home
I would give everything I own,
Just to have you back again;
Just to touch you once again."

Angelika Hackl

October 12, 2020

I have known this family for 40 years. Marianne's kids have always been a friend to me. They are a very nice and kind family.
Marianne was like a mom to me as well. Always gracious and welcoming. She always cooked very good food and I always enjoyed dining at Marianne's home. It was always so nice to spend time with this family and they always made me feel welcome.
Marianne's voice and German accent will be forever in my heart and mind. She will be greatly missed. Such a sweet and kind woman.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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