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Coburn Funeral Home of Prairie City
September 12, 2011, 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Prairie City United Methodist Church
September 13, 2011, 10:00 AM

Marilynn J. Jennings

February 25, 1924 - September 9, 2011


Marilynn J. Jennings, 87, of Prairie City, died Friday, September 9, 2011 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines from injuries sustained in a single car accident. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Prairie City United Methodist Church with burial following at Waveland Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, September 12, 2011 at Coburn Funeral Home of Prairie City from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Jasper County Animal Rescue League or Prairie City United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at

The daughter of Frank and Pauline (Krohn) Riley, Marilynn Jane Riley was born on February 25, 1924 in Colfax, Iowa. Marilynn was a graduate of Colfax High School, Class of 1942. On September 10, 1943 Marilynn was united in marriage with Max Jennings in Colfax. Marilynn retired after a long career as a veterinary assistant for Dr. Gardner and also Dr. Walker in Prairie City. She generously gave her time to volunteer at Iowa Methodist Medical Center for several years. Marilynn's greatest love was for her family, especially her grandchildren. She also had a great affection for animals and will be deeply missed by her dog, Sophie. Marilynn made the best pies and chocolate chip cookies and was baking and bringing people her tasty treats until she died. She also enjoyed sewing and quilting. Marilynn was a member of Prairie City United Methodist Church.

Those left to honor Marilynn's memory are her three sons: John Jennings of Newton; Alan Jennings (Deb Coulter) of Monroe and Mark (Jean) Jennings of Prairie City; 4 grandchildren: Ryan, Amy, Danny, and David Jennings; 1 great-grandson, Skyler Jennings and two sisters: Virginia (Dean) Chandler of Bettendorf, Iowa and Josephine Riley of Walker, Iowa. Marilynn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter, Molly Jennings and daughter-in-law Cindi (Andrews) Jennings.


I miss you everyday grandma! I love you!
May 19, 2012 David Jennings
Marilyn was always a smile to see in the Post Office when I worked there. She would always have a kind word to say about everyone and loved life. I always felt like she was my friend and I loved to see her out walking with her dog. She will truly be missed. Go with God Marilyn.
Sep 17, 2011 Jeanne Smith
Marilyn was a truly wonderful person. We would meet almost every morning at the post office and have a little chat. She use to walk by our house with her dog and she would stop and visit with me or maybe more with our puppy. She was so kind, caring and loving. A great loss for the whole community. Our sympathy to the whole Jennings family. Your mother was a saint Ron and Bonnie Van Zante
Sep 14, 2011 Bonnie Van Zante
How sad! My condolences to Marilyn's family. She and Max were neighbors and friends of my in-laws. She was always so cheerful and helpful in my frequent trips to the vet office. Both she and Max were great role models in 4H.
Sep 13, 2011 Linda Warrick Jacobson
Marilynn always had a smile and a cheerful word whenever I saw her. She was a very special lady who will be missed by all who knew her. My prayers are with all of you.
Sep 13, 2011 Carol Van Baale Meador
John and family — I know I can speak on behalf of many at the Newton Daily News when I say Mama Jennings will be missed. She was such a kind lady, and we enjoyed her visits, conversations and treats! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. We in the newsroom are here for you, John.
Sep 12, 2011 Mandi Lamb
Marilynn is a treasure and joy, The first time I ever met her was when I worked for the Jasper County Animal Rescue League and when I went to Newton Animal Clinic she would just stop in to chat when she was in town. I have known her for about 13 years, I will miss her wonderful sense of humor and her warm smiling face. My condolences to John and the Jennings family. I will miss her dearly.
Sep 12, 2011 Jeannie Schultz
Marilynn a caring person. When we lived in Prairie City she would walk her dog by our house on stop to talk if we were outside. She would always check about our dog. I had not seen her for awhile and last Thur. saw her in Newton at Thanks with Franks and got to visit with her. She asked about our dog then. Then on Fri. I had to run to the store for work and there she was again so we got to chat a little. She was a GREAT person and will be missed by alot. Rest In Peace Marilynn and keep looking after all the animals in Heaven!
Sep 12, 2011 Janice Price
Marilyn was the face of love and caring. I always enjoyed seeing her at Dr. Walker's office. Always a smile - and I could almost tell time by when she drove past our house taking Sophie for a drive!!!
Sep 12, 2011 Noralee Warrick
Marilynn was one of the first people in Prairie City to recognize us as residents when we moved to town. She always had a kind word to say, made amazing cookies. We'll miss her dearly.
Sep 12, 2011 Andrea Engle
I always remember going to her house with David just to hang out and say hello. Every time we were there she would make us her homemade cookies or any other types of baked goods. She always had a smile on her face whenever she had company, and she would always wave whenever you drove or walked by her. She will be greatly missed.
Sep 12, 2011 Jake Van Wyk
Mama Jennings was always a bright spot during her visits to the Newton Daily News. Always willing to chat, say a kind word and bring in some of those famous chocolate chip cookies ... she was a kind and caring woman. She will be missed.
To John and the entire Jennings family I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jessica Lowe
Sep 12, 2011 Jessica Lowe
Marilynne was one of the kindest people I've known...wise, loving and generous in ways that enriched her family, improved her community and unquestionably made me a better person. The world is a much more ordinary place without her.
Sep 12, 2011 Jane Bravick
I am so very sorry for your loss Jennings family...Marilyn was one of the sweetest people and lovely grandmothers. I grew up looking forward to her pies at family functions. I know she will be greatly missed. With Love, Becca Morgan
Sep 12, 2011 Becca Morgan
My thoughts and prayers are with your family! Marilyn was a great lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her!
Sep 12, 2011 Teresa Smith
Marilyn was a joy to have in our neighborhood and will be greatly missed by myself and my boys as they saw her weekly on their paper route!
Sep 12, 2011 Dana Sanders
Marilyn was one of the sweetest ladies I've known. She was certainly a behind-the-scenes worker in our church. She was over there every week doing something. When John was battling depression and walking last winter in the church she would bake cookies and take over to him to have after his walk. God is certainly saying "well done good and faithful servant" today!
Sep 11, 2011 Sharon and John Doolittle


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Date and time
Monday, Sep 12, 2011
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Coburn Funeral Home of Prairie City
201 S. Marshall
Prairie City, Iowa 50228
Family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Date and time
Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011
10:00 AM
Prairie City United Methodist Church
Burial following at Waveland Cemetery


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