Marilyn Margaret Jones MacMillan Harding was born in LaPorte, Indiana on December 19th, 1932 to Chester and Ruby (Norris) Jones. Her family relocated to New Carlisle, Indiana in 1941 where she graduated High School as the Salutatorian.
She received a full scholarship to Indiana University and went for a year before withdrawing to marry Deane MacMillan and raise three daughters, Sandy, Connie and Susan. Eventually, Marilyn returned to college and went on to earn a PhD and to work for many years as a clinical psychologist in Oakland County.
In 1982, Marilyn married Dwight Harding and her family expanded to include Debbie (Doug) MacInnes and their son Travis, John (Anne) Harding and their daughter, Christine, and son, Sean, and Susan Harding.
As a long-time member of Christ Church Cranbrook she enjoyed Sunday services, ECW, Bible Study and volunteering for special events.
She enjoyed playing golf with Dwight and their many friends at Plum Hollow Country Club. She also loved to travel and visited many places across the country and abroad. Marilyn often went to Oregon to spend time and celebrate special events with daughter and family in Oregon.
She loved to feed all her family and the first thing she’d ask whenever anyone stopped by was, “Have you eaten?” She was a good cook from her savory meatballs to her famous apple pie, as well as her lovingly-made and decorated birthday cakes. And, of course, there was always a bowl of some kind of candy sitting out to satisfy her life-long sweet tooth as well as to share.
Marilyn’s passion was books. She never stopped learning and she loved to read. This love of reading was a gift that she gave all of her children and subsequently, her grandchildren as well.
In her later years, Marilyn especially loved her home in Bloomfield Hills that backed up to a nature area allowing her to watch the many deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife that came into her backyard. She also enjoyed talking to neighbors and taking long daily walks.
She enjoyed life and all that it had to offer, and Marilyn loved to laugh. She was often witty and saw the absurd side of things. Her sense of humor and ready laugh remained with her always.
She was always loved and she will be dearly missed.
Marilyn’s husband, Dwight Harding, and her daughter, Connie Swanson, pre-deceased her. Survivors include Richard Jones, Sandy (John) Wecker, Dan Swanson, Susan MacMillan (Kevin McKay), Debbie (Doug) MacInnes, John (Anne) Harding and Susan Harding. Grandchildren- Dutch Schweizer, Tara Schweizer (Blake Huffman), Daniel (Dorrie) Swanson, Kylie Swanson, Kristy Swanson, Katy McKay, Travis (Erica) MacInnes, Christine Harding and Sean Harding. Great grandchildren-Kaia Huffman, Eli Huffman, Ieva MacInnes, Bryce MacInnes.
Funeral services were held on Monday, September 23, 2019, 11am at Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304.
Family suggests memorial tributes to the Alzheimer’s Association.