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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Marilyn Doreen Foss
March 17, 1943 - September 4, 2018

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Bismarck, ND, formerly of Ray, ND
Age: 75

Marilyn Foss, 75, of Bismarck, ND, formerly of Ray, ND, passed away Tuesday evening, September 4, 2018 at the Missouri Slope Nursing Home in Bismarck. Her funeral arrangements are with Fulkerson Funeral Home of Tioga, ND.

Marilyn Doreen Foss was born March 17, 1943, in Williston, ND to Bendick and Dora (Flaten) Berg, the fourth of four children. She was baptized and confirmed in the Ray Lutheran Church. She attended elementary and high school in Ray.

On December 15, 1961, Marilyn married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Foss. They made their first home in Williston, where she kept books for Production Credit Association. They then moved east of Ray and started farming and ranching and raising a family, having two daughters. In 1971 they purchased her childhood home in Ray, where they lived until retirement. Marilyn ran an HC route for the postal service for 28 years and helped with farming, having hauled many delicious meals to the fields throughout the years, including her mouth-watering homemade buns and baked goods. She also drove grain truck some, until she discovered a mouse in the cab with her. This, needless to say, abruptly ended her grain hauling career. Marilyn and Wayne moved to Bismarck in 2011. They also enjoyed snow-birding in Weslaco, Texas, for six months out of the year. They met many friends there and made many memories. She always loved returning home to enjoy family, friends and summers in North Dakota.

Marilyn loved music and was very gifted. She played piano by ear for the first time at age three, copying a commercial jingle she had heard on the radio. Her ability to play by ear continued throughout her life and her music was enjoyed by all. She also played the trumpet and was very active in high school band; she even remained in contact with her band teacher, Mr. Froehlich, for 40-plus years after graduation. Marilyn was the church pianist/organist for Ray Lutheran for a number of years and also co-led the church’s Cherub Choir when her kids were young. She also was active in the adult choir at church and other church groups. She was a member of Ray Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Tioga.

Marilyn enjoyed Christian music and had a deep faith in Christ. She was very close with her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marilyn was always a huge dog lover. Her dogs throughout the years always started out as normal dogs but ended up “psychotic” due to the excessive attention they received. Her family kidded her about this often.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Wayne of Bismarck; daughters, Robin (Dean) Halseth of Bismarck and Rachelle (Richard) Liesener of Ray; 4 grandchildren, Shane Halseth and Mitchell Halseth, both of Federal Way, WA, Britta (Jacob) Foss and Tricia (Jeffrey) Simpson, both of Ray; 2 great-grandchildren, Cole and Cara Simpson; and brother, Roger (Teresa) Berg of Lewistown, MT.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Orvin Berg and Byron Berg; and sister-in-law, Judy Berg.

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Shelley & Dan
Sep 5, 2018
Wayne, Robin, Rachelle & family,
I am so very sorry for your loss.
You are all in our hearts and in our prayers. May loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. (((HUGS)))
Julaine Christensen (Douglas , WY)
Sep 6, 2018
Memories have been flooding my mind since hearing of Marilyn passing, memories that go back a long long way, to 1963 when Doug and I moved to Ray. Marilyn and I became friends and remained friends throughout the years. My heart goes out to you Wayne, it is so hard to lose your spouse and I think I know how you feel. Robin and Rachelle, treasure all the fun memories you have of your Mom. I send my love, hugs, and prayers.

Judy Ross (Minot, ND)
Sep 6, 2018
Sincere sympathy to you all
Sep 6, 2018
Dear Foss family. Please accept my deepest for your loss. May the scriptural promise by Christ about the resurrection at John 5:28,29, bring you comfort and peace.
Karen and Norman Shakespeare (Sanford, Manitoba , Canada )
Sep 6, 2018
Wayne and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. May fond memories of her bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences. Your neighbors in Weslaco 57
Anne Lowers (Williston)
Sep 6, 2018
I was sad to hear of Marilyn's passing. Through the last several years, I have enjoyed conversing via e-mail, especially during the months spent in Texas. I will miss her and our conversations.
Sosa Family
Sep 7, 2018
We are so sorry to read about your loss. No doubt fond memories of Marilyn give a measure of comfort, but why do we have to experience such lingering grief? Many have found the answer at jw. org. At the top right of the page type in search: “Why do people die?” After reading this, next type in “What happens after death?” We hope that these realistic and comforting answers are a real source of encouragement to you during such a painful time in your life.
Kathleen Key Imes (Williston)
Sep 7, 2018
Wayne: I am sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful soul.
Julaine Christensen (Douglas, WY)
Sep 7, 2018
My heart goes out to you Wayne, Robin and Rachelle and your families. Marilyn was a dear friend and I will never forget all the good times we had. Treasure your memories. I send hugs, love and prayers.
Dale & Veronica Stark (Weslaco, TEXAS)
Sep 7, 2018
Wayne and family . . . Marilyn was a very special friend who will be truly missed. We had a lot of goods times and laughs (((Hugs)))
Cindy Dockter (Mandan, ND)
Sep 7, 2018
Dear Robin and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you. God bless you all.
Rick and Judy Flaten (Sioux Falls, SD)
Sep 7, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. We loved our visits with Marilyn. She always had some story that had us laughing. She even had stories for us when we visited her a couple weeks ago. We are so sorry we can't make it for the service, but you are in our prayers
Marilyn Everett
Sep 7, 2018
How sad! Thoughts and prayers to all of you!
Joyce Reinholdt & Marcel Eskenazy (Santa Monica, CA)
Sep 8, 2018
Dear Wayne, Robin, Rachelle & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We’re wishing you the strength & courage to face what you must in the upcoming days, as well as moments of peace. May you feel the love and support of your family and friends.
Joe Zachmeier (Mandan, Nd)
Sep 11, 2018
Wayne ,
I’m sorry for your loss !!
Joe Zachmeier
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