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Marilyn Sue Joseph Stancil  


January 2018

Marilyn Sue Joseph Stancil, Jan. 5, 2018

Jan. 5, 2018-May 31, 1949

Marilyn Sue Joseph Stancil died Jan. 5, 2018

Marilyn Sue Joseph Stancil, Henry Branch, wife of George, mother of Jordan, Nick and A.J., grandmother of George and Eva Marie, died at 68, on Jan. 5, 2018, at home in Grayling, MI.

Her memorial service was held on Jan. 12, 2018, at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, Grayling, MI.

Marilyn was born to William and Marian Joseph on May 31, 1949. She grew up knowing her heritage and the important part her family's contributions made to Grayling.

Marilyn came from a long line of Josephs. Her great-great-grandfather, Hyman Joseph, immigrated to Michigan from Russia-Poland. His son, Abraham, came to Grayling before 1903. Her grandfather was William Hyman Joseph and her father was William J. Joseph. Members of her family were important founding members of Grayling.

George met Marilyn Sue Joseph  when she was just 7 and he was 8. George was immediately impressed with Marilyn. They attended school together and their families knew each other.

While in school, Marilyn helped with the family business, The Grayling Mercantile Company or "The Merc," as it was affectionately known. She loved working there and new the customers. She also worked there whenever she could.

Marilyn and George both graduated from high school in 1971. Marilyn entered Michigan State University and George entered Central Michigan University. They stayed in touch and over the years as their love grew.

When George was a senior in college, the Vietnam War was still raging and there was concern about George being sent to war. Fortunately, his number never came up and the draft was eliminated in 1973.

George proposed to Marilyn and they began planning a large wedding for May 29, 1971. George and Marilyn were a popular young couple. Their wedding was quite an elaborate affair. A special highlight was George's dad. Tommy and his son Arnie sang the 1940's Sinatra song, "Always." They sang from the balcony of the Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church. This was beautiful and remembered fondly for many years.

Always by Frank Sinatra

I'll be loving you always

With a love that's true always

When the things you've planned need a helpin' hand

I will understand always, always

Days may not be fair always
That's when I'll be there always
Not for just an hour, not for just a day
Not for just a year but always

Days may not be fair always
That's when I'll be there always
Not for just an hour, not for just a day
Not for just a year but always

Marilyn and George went on a honeymoon to Cape Cod and other parts of New England. They especially enjoyed the miles of beaches and seeing historical sites such as were the the Pilgrims landed.

They were excited when they decided to move to Jacksonville, Florida. They both taught at Jean Ribault High School. Marilyn taught 7th grade English and George taught Senior Government. George was very familiar with Florida as he spent part of every school year in Florida until high school.

Marilyn and George especially liked visiting Ft. Lauderdale. Tommy, George’s dad, loved showing them around his special haunts. Miami is where Tommy met his future wife, Georgianna Olson. During their year in Florida, Marilyn and George did lots of exploring.

George knew the special places he wanted to show Marilyn. These places had special meanings and he couldn't wait to share with Marilyn. Florida was also where George attended school during the winter during his pre-high school years. They returned to Michigan for Christmas.

After teaching in Florida for a year, Marilyn and George missed being near family. They returned to Michigan. While George taught school, Marilyn worked the "Merc."

Marilyn's sons Jordan, born in 1974, Nicolas, born in 1975, and Alexander born in 1979, were Marilyn's pride and joy.

Marilyn returned to her first love of teaching in 1986. She was committed to her students at Crawford-AuSable School. She was kind, friendly and popular. Her unique approach to her students showed her deep care for them.

Marilyn had a life long interest in Grayling. She worked hard to make it a better place. She was active in the Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church. In her younger years, she helped with Sunday School and the nursery.

Marilyn was married to George for 46 years. They lived in Grayling with the exception of spending one year in Florida. The Joseph family were important members of the Grayling Family. Marilyn will be missed by the community. She was unselfish and reached out to others with kindness and love.

Marilyn was outgoing and friendly. She was loved by everyone. This made her early death even more tragic.

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Renn Stancil Hinton

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