Marilyn Russell-Bates

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August 21, 1938 - August 7, 2016

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Wednesday, August 10th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.


Thursday, August 11th at 10:30 a.m. St. Paul Catholic Church


Greenlawn Cemetery


Marilyn Suzanne Russell Bates, 78, of Westerville, on August 5, 2016 of natural causes. Originally from Portsmouth, OH and a graduate of Notre Dame HS. Worked professionally at Ranko, Bank One, and Mid-Ohio Obstetrics. Her passion was her love for music. She was heavily involved with her church, St.Paul in Westerville. She played the organ at Sunday masses for several years, and later becoming choir director at the Parish. She had similar positions later in her career with St. Elizabeth and St. Brendan parishes in Columbus. Survived by her son, Bryan Bates of Mason, OH; her daughter, Kendra Curran (Charley) of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren, Zachary, Joshua and Jakob Bates; siblings, Caroline Gemperline, Arlene Osborne, Patricia (Cece) Barry, James Russell (Barb), George Russell (Kathy), and Melissa Dearfield (Tim), several loving cousins, nieces and nephews and friends including Ken Bates, father of Bryan and Kendra, and husband of 17 years to Marilyn. Preceded in death by parents, George and Alma Russell. Visiting hours are Wednesday, August 10th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Rd, Westerville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 11th at 10:30 a.m., St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St. Westerville. Father Charles Cotton celebrant. Burial service to follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, 1618 Offnere St. Portsmouth, OH 45662.


Lori Everhart - Aug 9, 2016

I am so very heartsick! First of all, to learn of Marilyn’s passing and second, to miss her funeral! I am out of town with my family! Please know that my heart is with you. Marilyn was a great friend and I loved the music we made together for over thirty years! She was the organist at the first wedding I sang in back in the seventies! She always encouraged and promoted me to sing with her. She found so many good songs for us to perform! She cared so much about bridal couple she met with! One of a kind and I will surely miss her until I see her again!

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