VAN WERT — Marilyn Kathleen (Billieu) Darras was born Oct. 20, 1930,
and passed away on Jan. 23, 2014, at the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born to the late Gladys M. (Gill) Billieu and Orley F. Billieu in Ohio City, Ohio.
attended the Ohio City Grammar School, moved to Van Wert and attended
the Van Wert High School during her freshman year. Marilyn enjoyed
sports, she played softball and basketball. She also loved to dance and
listen to music, and won several dance competition trophies.
As a young girl Marilyn was taught by her Uncle Willard, to play the
ukulele. Marilyn was the youngest of four children. Later in life,
Marilyn began working in the medical field and through continuing
education became a LPN, where she worked for the Van Wert County
Hospital, Dr. Smith, and the Van Wert Manor.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her mother: Gladys M. Billieu, father: Orley F. Billieu, and a brother: Junior Kelsey.
has four children, Vicki (Robert) Burley, Kathie Hinsey, Cindy (Edwin)
Karhoff, and Jason (Sondra) Darras. She also has 12 grandchildren and 13
great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include two sisters, Pauline
(Richard) Ellinger and Virginia Gamble.
There will be
visitation at Cowan’s Funeral Home on Jan. 27, from noon until 3 p.m.,
with the funeral service directly following visitation at 3 p.m., also
at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the Community Health Professionals Hospice Center of Van Wert, Ohio.