Marilene graduated with honors from Arkansas City Junior College in Kansas. She was the only female in the math department. She went on to work for Boeing in Wichita doing drafting and later moved to Dallas, where she continued her work with oil companies.
Marilene played piano like an angel, loved to sing and dance and later became a very talented artist.
Those of us left behind include her daughter, Janet (Jay) Torgerson and her husband Eric; grandson, Alex Torgerson, who apparently inherited her math skills and is a ceramic engineer, and his wife, Tiffany, who is a psychology major and teaches autistic children; brother, Leonard and his wife, Virginia, who keep us laughing; sister, Maggie Buntaine of Maggie’s Original Cookies fame; sister, Naomi Lammy and her husband, Dean, who hold us all together; brother Mark’s wife, lovely Jeanette Elmore; many cousins who are dearly loved; and a host of friends.
Marilene was preceded in death by her parents, C.A. and Gladys Elmore — the blessed rocks of faith on which we all stand; her brother, Mark Elmore, who spent his life advocating for the rights of the mentally ill and succeeded in changing Kansas laws; and her nephew, Brian Lammy, who was taken at a tender age and was a genius by anyone’s account.
She will be laid to rest at 10 a.m. Friday in the Eureka Springs Cemetery with Brother Jim Capps officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service.
Online condolences may be left for the family at nelsonfuneral.com.