Marian Louise Rey

February 26, 1924July 17, 2020

Rey, Marian L. February 26, 1924 - July 17, 2020 Clarion, PA. Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, and faithful servant of the Lord passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the Arizona Heart Hospital. Marian lived a full life as she was 96 years old on the day, she left this world for her everlasting home with her Lord and Savior.

Marian Louise Rey was born on February 26, 1924, in Clarion, PA, the second of six children born to the late Walter and Gladys (Bish) Schiefelbein. Marian is preceded in death by her brothers and sisters Charles Schiefelbein, Sarah Deau, Phyllis Stoermer, Joann Kelyman, and Robert Schiefelbein. Marian married at 18 years of age to Karen and Richard’s father, Eugene Diffenbacher. Later she married Robert Cahn and gave birth to her third child Paula Jean. However, Marian married the love of her life, David Rey on April 13, 1969 in Winterhaven, California. David loved Marian with his whole being and sent many love letters to her when work took him away from home. David James Rey preceded Marian in death on October 30, 1999.

Marian was a faithful member of Resurrection Lutheran Church and served on the Welcoming Committee. Marian communicated the Gospel of Christ through her service to others. She shared numerous cakes, soups, and baked goods, opinions, and old hymns along the way. Marian will forever be remembered by her church family as always being full of joy and loved to share God’s love with everyone!

Marian was the matriarch of her family and she will be greatly missed by: her son, Richard (Larraine) Diffenbacher and daughter, Paula Roark and her son-in-law, Ray (Karen) McGuran; six (6) grandchildren Merri Jane Tiseth, Nancy Jayne Riberdy, Ray Lynn (Tonya) McGuran, Brian (Vanessa) Diffenbacher, Todd (Samantha) Diffenbacher, Heidi (Steve) Young; 16 great grandchildren McKenzie, Franklin, and Christina Tiseth, Keith, Zack, and Kyle Riberdy, Kayla and Austin Diffenbacher, Faith and Brooke Diffenbacher, Carrianne (Jimmy), Steven “Buddy” and Summer Young, David, Joshua, and Levi McGuran; four (4) great, great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends. Karen Faye McGuran, Marian's daughter, preceded her in death on December 1, 2004, the saddest day of Marian's life.

A celebration of life will take place at Marian’s home church, Resurrection Lutheran Church on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 1:00 P.M. The service is available to attend in person or virtually. In person attendance is limited, please RSVP at Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4930 E. Greenway Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For further questions, please contact A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary 710 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85013 / 602-249-2111


  • Resurrection Lutheran Church


28 February

Memorial Celebration of Life

1:00 pm

Resurrection Lutheran Church

4930 East Greenway Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Marian Louise Rey

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Tom and Pam Doonan

January 31, 2021

Living far apart, we did not spend a lot of time with Aunt Marian but we do have happy (and funny) memories. Those Schiefelbein sisters could certainly bring laughter.
Our most lasting memories will be just how sharp her mind was, she could get us anywhere we wanted to go in Phoenix and we will continue to have a good laugh about her and her binoculars— she kept them on the seat while driving,
to be able to see road signage better...
We were really looking forward to celebrating #96. We promised to keep on visiting as long as she kept having birthdays. And even though she kept her house hot as an oven, we promised to stay with her on our next visit.
Her youngest siblings , one being my (Pam’s) mom passed at much younger ages. I (Tom) know Pam has Marion’s cleaning gene, I pray she also has her gene to living a long life.
She will be missed and I know we thought she had a lot of living left, but I feel certain she is happy to be back with her loved ones in their forever home.

Merri Tiseth

October 25, 2020

Marian was (and is) my best friend, confidant, and grandmother. Going on without her has proven to be one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do in my life. She was my first call every day and I always knew I could count on her for love, and understanding. She deserves the rest, the love, and great reunion she is surely experiencing now with our heavenly Father and her daughter (my mom) Well done, grandma! You showed everyone what true love is. Welcome to His house, you are finally home! I love you to the moon and back for eternity. I'll miss you until we meet again. 💜

Summer Young

July 23, 2020

I have so many great memories with my GREAT Nana! She would take me school shopping every year growing up and always made sure I had anything I needed. Nana let my brother (Buddy), dog (Tucker) and myself live with her for the past 2 years and I am SO grateful I was able to spend that time with her. Waking up early to make sure she got to church every Sunday, taking her to the grocery store. I remember she just loved KFC and every time I brought it home for us she would just go on about how delicious it was and how much she loved it and that the coleslaw reminded her of her mother's. I got her church's chicken once and that was a no go, I heard about how disappointed she was with it and to only get KFC from now on haha she was faithful to the colonel! I feel so sad and selfish that I won't have more of these moments with her. She was so sharp and bright minded! Even at 96 years old! She never smoked a cigarette or any drug in her lifetime, and has always been such a loving beautiful caring soul, who loved her Lord so much. She is the role model of role models. I remember she'd always be sitting there in the living room with her "best friend" Tucker all day every day, coming home from work or wherever I was and just have them sitting *or napping* there waiting for me. Or in the winter when I was taking him out "you better make sure you put a sweater on that little boy so he doesn't get sick!" Oh Nana I will miss our talks and your precious laugh! And our stories, and gossiping and laughing with her was the BEST! She was absolutely hilarious and a best friend to all! She absolutely blessed my life with her presence and I will hold her in my heart and cherish her love forever. Forever thinking about and missing your sweet laugh, warm loving hugs and pep talks. And I can never thank you enough for growing me up and loving me and teaching me. I will miss you for the rest of my life Nana I love you forever.