Marlene Rose Wilson

May 29, 1957July 6, 2018
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Wilson, Marlene Rose (McCall), 61, passed away July 6, 2018. Marlene was a loving and devoted wife and mom with a great sense of humor and a kind, friendly and selfless heart. She worked as a Cook at Sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and was a member of the Dietary Managers Association. She loved baking, cooking, making candy, gardening, going on walks and being outside. Marlene was always looking for a great bargain and would frequently go to garage sales. She was preceded in death by her parents, Delmar and Rose McCall. She is survived by her spouse of almost 30 years, Ron Wilson; son, Thomas (Alexis) Wilson; daughter, Amanda Wilson; sisters, Patricia Renner and Laurie (Frank) Gross. A visitation will be held at Resthaven Mortuary on Friday, July 13 from 5-7 PM and funeral service Saturday, July 14, 10:00 AM at Great Plains Church (2901 W. Taft St., Wichita, KS 67213). Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice (313 S. Market St., Wichita, KS 67202).


  • Ron Wilson, Husband
  • Thomas Wilson, Son
  • Alexis Wilson, Daughter-in-law
  • Amanda Wilson, Daughter
  • Patricia Renner, Sister
  • Laurie Gross, Sister
  • Frank Gross, Brother-in-law
  • Delmar McCall, Father
  • Rose McCall, Mother

  • Thomas Wilson
  • Nathan Zahn
  • Zachariah Hubl
  • George LaForce
  • Rodney Wilson
  • Richard Wilson

  • Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice


  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Marlene Rose Wilson

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July 12, 2018

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July 12, 2018

Sharon Vrolijk

July 12, 2018



      Many things can be said about Marlene Rose Wilson. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Marlene was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

      Marlene was born on May 29, 1957 at Trego County Hospital in Wakeeney, Kansas. Her parents were Delmar and Rose McCall. Marlene was raised in Wakeeney, Kansas. When she was young, Marlene's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Marlene demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

      Marlene grew up with two siblings. She had one older sister, Patricia, and a younger sister, Laurie. Marlene was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Marlene carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Marlene was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

      As a young girl, Marlene was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Marlene could easily relate to other kids. In her spare time she liked to read and spend time with her sisters. However, to Marlene, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      During her high school years, Marlene had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She graduated from Trego Community High School in 1975. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. In this way, Marlene had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Marlene was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Marlene as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner.

      Marlene did well in college, as a result of her being intuitive and finely organized. She earned her certification in Dietary Management from Colby Community College. The skill of being a good communicator helped Marlene immensely during her college days. She was comfortable with abstract information and theories and tended to thrive on the subjects that forced her to think. No matter what class it was, Marlene was always very perceptive and embraced the mental challenges that her college experience provided.

      Always considered a “good” friend, Marlene sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Marlene always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Marlene’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Marlene would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Marlene was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end. Throughout her life she had many friends. Wanda Kay. Sister Marilyn, Stephanie Wade.

       Compassionate and devoted, Marlene worked hard to make her new family happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that Ron came first in Marlene’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered Ron’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Marlene did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Marlene was truly a person of empathy.

      Marlene’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good mother to her children. Marlene shared these values with her two children, one son, Thomas, and one daughter, Amanda. Marlene related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved her and she was completely and totally devoted to them.

      Marlene experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was dietary management. She was employed for over 15 years. Marlene always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Marlene took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Marlene was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Marlene continually sought to learn what her co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled her to help them develop their own potential.

      Because she was organized and methodical, Marlene took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, canning, baking, bargains, and garage saling. Marlene enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Throughout her life, Marlene was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Marlene was known to her peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Marlene was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting her own needs aside. Marlene’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Marlene’s ability to bring valued principles along with her. In high school, Marlene was a member of the FFA. Throughout her later years, Marlene was an active member of the Dietary Managers Association.

      Marlene enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Marlene were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included going to Hawaii on two different occasions and trips to family reunions all over the US.

      Marlene passed away on July 6, 2018 at The home of her son in Park City, Kansas. Marlene fought a brave battle against Ovarian Cancer. She is survived by her husband, Ron, and children, Thomas and Amanda, as well as her sisters, Patricia and Laurie. Services were held at Great Plains Church. Marlene was cremated.

      Throughout her life, Marlene was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Marlene leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Marlene Rose Wilson.