A Celebration of Life service for Marilyn will occur at 2 PM, Saturday, August 28, 2021 in the Carbondale Assembly of God. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 PM Friday in the Rivercrest Chapel and Event Center in Bixby. She will be laid to rest with her husband, John, at the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California. Marilyn passed away Monday, August 23, 2021 in Tulsa at the age of 82.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Children’s Ministry at the Carbondale Assembly of God, 2135 W. 51st Street Tulsa, OK 74107, www.cagtulsa.com.
Marilyn was born June 30, 1939 in Pipestone, Minnesota. The daughter of Merle and Dorothea (Blair) Stevens, the family relocated to southern California just a couple of years after Marilyn was born. Her father worked as a contractor, and during World War II, he assisted the effort by building ships. Marilyn loved southern California from an early age. She graduated from Whittier High School in 1957 while serving as the captain of synchronized swimming team. Following high school, Marilyn studied Home Economics at Whittier College.
During her college years, Marilyn met John H. Weed while working at the Nash’s Department Store. John’s friends proclaimed that Marilyn’s parents wouldn’t allow her to participate in dating activities. According to Marilyn, “That only pertained to guys she didn’t like!” John and Marilyn were married August 30, 1959 at the First Friend’s Church in Whittier.
Marilyn supported their young family by working for Zenith Technology in San Francisco, while John attended podiatry school. John and Marilyn raised their family in the area, while remaining committed to serving in their church. After John and Marilyn accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, they, along with a group of close friends, started a new church congregation, ultimately forming Foothill Christian Church in Palo Alto. This group extensively studied the Bible together and recognized the power of the Holy Spirit.
Children’s ministry eventually became a true passion and calling for Marilyn. She loved hosting Vacation Bible Schools and telling children about Jesus. Marilyn also became a lay counselor, a developer of church curriculum, and a Sunday School teacher especially to 5th and 6th graders. She regularly used her beautiful painted felts to illustrate the Gospel.
Marilyn loved to decorate and participate in arts and crafts projects. She and her sister, Myra, established a successful home crafting business, the Scofield Country Lace Home Boutique. While John established his podiatry practice in San Jose, Marilyn served as a Sunday School teacher at Los Gatos Christian Church and then a lay counselor to widows for Calvary Chapel. Following John’s passing, Marilyn moved to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area to be near her family.
Upon her arrival to Tulsa, Marilyn met Loyd Means when considering the purchase of his motor home. Marilyn married Loyd on March 25, 2000 at the First United Methodist Church in Bixby. They became a couple devoted to their community and built a wonderful life together.
Marilyn and Loyd traveled extensively during their retirement years including the East Coast, England, and Israel. Marilyn became fascinated with genealogy and traveled with the Kingsbury side of her family on historical tours. Marilyn helped establish the Wealaka Chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, honoring the presence and history of the Creek Nation in the local area. She was also instrumental in organizing the 9-11 memorial ceremonies held each year at the Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum. This event grew to over 300 people in attendance prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While living in Tulsa, Marilyn became a devoted member of the Carbondale Assembly of God. Marilyn and Loyd spent the last eight years together living at Inverness Village where she taught Bible studies. She will not soon be forgotten by a host of friends and family who loved her.
Surviving family include her husband, Loyd Means; her children, Dorothea Weed, Kenneth Weed and wife, Laura, Mike Means and wife, Carol, Kathy Rist and husband, Rod, Keith Means and wife, Marianne; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her sister, Myra Scofield and husband, Clay; and sister-in-law, Margaret Suggett. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Weed; her daughter-in-law, Lisa Means; and her grandson, Steven Rist.
Below is a link to the livestream of the memorial service on Saturday, August 28. The stream will begin at 1:55 pm and will remain active for viewers unable to see it live. It can be viewed at anytime.
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