Marilyn Jean (Fudge) Keway, age 80, of Lake City, peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of December 2, 2018 at MediLodge of Hillman, where she had resided for over eight years due to her battle with Alzheimer’s. Marilyn was born on August 19, 1938 in Petoskey, Michigan to parents Clyde and Rosella (Besaw) Fudge. She grew up in Kalkaska attending Crawford School in Excelsior Twp and was a 1957 graduate of Kalkaska High School. Spending time with her family and friends, farming, and 4–H were favorite pastimes of her youth, and she spoke of these things fondly and often throughout adulthood.
Marilyn completed two years of undergraduate studies at Northwestern Michigan College focusing on business courses. While enrolled at NMC, Marilyn was a proud member of the Associated Women Students. Following college, she was employed by Consumers Power in Traverse City before leaving to start a family. She raised two children, Philip Todd Keway of Lake City and Michele (Keway) Eising of Atlanta, Michigan.
A staunch Republican, Marilyn was an active party member for several years and also served as the vice chair for the Missaukee County Republican Committee. She worked as the Deputy Treasurer and then as Treasurer of Missaukee County for 30 years, retiring in 2003.
A devoted member of the Lake City United Methodist Church, she was an active participant in the United Methodist Women’s Group and Eve Circle. Marilyn was also involved in various local service organizations as she was always ready to lend a hand. Bowling and playing guitars were two of her favorite hobbies, as was the socializing she did during these activities.
Marilyn enjoyed visiting both people and places, her travels taking her to Portugal, Canada, and throughout the United States. She loved to spend time exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula but also journeyed cross-country to Arizona, Florida, the East Coast, and her beloved Branson.
Family was always a top priority. She was a loving caregiver to her parents and then, years later, a frequent help with her grandchildren. Marilyn is survived by one sister, Marlene (Harold) Birgy, two children, Michele (Mike) Eising and Philip Todd (Cheryl Provenzano) Keway, four grandchildren, Ashley (Kurt) Eising Wirgau, Lucas (Megan) Eising, Joshua Eising, and Noah Keway, and six great-grandchildren (Hayden, Calvin, Axel, Sawyer, Cooper and Elizabeth).
Arrangements are entrusted to Young-Holdship Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 with Rev. Jean Smith officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home and also an hour before the service on Thursday. Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Excelsior Township Cemetery in Kalkaska County
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lake City United Methodist Church or the Michigan 4-H Foundation.