August 13, 1928 – February 22, 2014
Marilyn L. Moeckly, 85, of Polk City passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on February 22, 2014.
A celebration of her life will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday February 27, 2014 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.) A visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday February 26, also at the funeral home.
Marilyn was born to Dwight and Kathryn Law, the middle child of 3 sisters. She attended Alleman School for 12 years, where she loved playing basketball for 6 of those years.
She married John L. Moeckly of Polk City on November 5, 1947 and they made a life together on the farm for 50 years until his death in 1998. They were always busy and hard workers with a wide circle of social activities. They were involved for many years with the National White Park Cattle Association in which Marilyn was president for several years. Over the years she worked for Sheriff Wilbur Hildreth, Dr. Merle Bean DDS, Boesen’s florist, taught Sunday School at Ankeny Congregational Church, and led Rhythmic Choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines. They also hosted Epiphany parties for the St. John’s youth on their farm. Marilyn was an excellent cook and gardener. She and John hosted elaborate hog roasts for numerous occasions. She was a spunky Irish lady who enjoyed horses, guns, cattle, and just plain fun. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star #361 in Polk City. Together, she and John were involved in Operative Lodge #308 in Polk City, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, Scottish Rite, and Jesters activities. Marilyn was an opinionated political conservative. She enjoyed fishing trips to Canada.
Marilyn is survived by 3 children, Rosemary (Tibor) Albert of Florida, Steven (Paula) Moeckly of Polk City, and Dwight (Vicki) Moeckly of Ankeny; 6 grandchildren, Gina Vernon of Ankeny, Asa (Wendy) Moeckly of Polk City, Alyson (Steve) Whalen of Minnesota, Tyler (Anna) Moeckly of Polk City, Ryan Albert and Katie (Chris) Garos of New York; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister Ruth of Alleman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John, and a sister Nadine.
We wish to extend our thanks to Marilyn’s doctors and caregivers at Methodist Hospital, Millpond assisted living and health center in Ankeny, and HCI Hospice Care, Kavanagh House, and the thoughts and prayers of friends and family.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Shriners Childrens Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Information provided by: Memorial Services of Iowa 4208 North Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.0592 www.memorialservicesofiowa.com