Marilyn Marie Wead

June 16, 1936March 15, 2018

Marilyn Marie Osmonson Wead was born on June 16, 1936, to Rufus and Valda Osmonson in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She passed away peacefully on March 15, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Marilyn attended a one room school in rural Freeborn County and then graduated from Austin High School. She later attended Austin Junior College and Minnesota Bible College. On her birthday in 1956 she married David Wead.

After David’s seminary in California, they moved to Basel, Switzerland, where David completed his doctor of theology degree while Marilyn worked to support the family. Marilyn spent most of her working life in the field of accounting retiring in 2009. She also served as a minister’s wife for churches mainly in Tenn. In Tennessee she was minister’s wife at the Boones Creek Christian from 1972 to 1984, Nashville First Christian Church from 1984 to 1997 and Murfreesboro Christian Church from 1997 to 2009. They spent their retirement years in a resort area in Monteagle, Tennessee. Marilyn enjoyed sewing, flower arranging and travel. The couple had been in all fifty states and just over 50 countries. She loved family, especially, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid Predators hockey fan. She loved cruising on the Holland America Line.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Dorothy Owens, her brothers, Donald, Duane, Lowell, Ehrling, and Ronald Osmonson. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, David, her three children, Michael with his wife, Diane, (Hallandale Beach, Florida) her daughter, Cindy with her husband, Jim Presnell, (Lawrence, Kansas), and her son, Richard with his wife, Margaret, (Aiken, SC), six grandchildren, Jamie with her husband, Antonio Riley, (Tampa, Florida), Stephanie with her husband, Sean Moore, (Russell, Ken.), Holly with her husband, Ryan Raines, (Lawrence, Kansas), Christopher Presnell (Lawrence, Kansas), Jennifer Wead (Aiken, SC), Alice Wead (Hallandale Beach, Florida), four brothers, James (Austin, Minn.), Merlind (Dugger), (Austin, Minn.), Errol (Ozzie), (Big Lake, Minn.) Craig (Albert Lea, Minn.) and one great aunt, Verona Boe (Albert Lea, Minnesota) and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on April 7 at 11:00 AM at the Murfreesboro Christian Church. Burial will be in Minnesota at a later date. Her commitment to collecting pop tops for Ronald McDonald House was known by many of her friends and family. In lieu of flowers, we request that Memorial gifts be sent to Ronald McDonald House in her name.


  • Memorial Service to Celebrate Saturday, April 7, 2018

Marilyn Marie Wead

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Linda Rosema

March 22, 2018

Such a special lady, so many good memories with Aunt Marilyn. We shared the mumps together, her wedding day and a road trip to California, all with joy, love and laughter, she was the best! She left the world a better place with her wonderful family, love for God and goodness she shared. We love her dearly and will keep her in our hearts always.