Marilyn Jeanne (Hunkins) Gentry

Marilyn Jeanne (Hunkins) Gentry, passed away peacefully at home in Littleton, Colorado on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel with interment at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Another service will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Sunrise Assisted Living Center, Denver, CO. The family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise for the loving care they provided to Marilyn. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Blair, NE. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com.

Marilyn was born in Falls City, NE to Lyle and Mildred (Godding) Hunkins on October 29, 1931. She graduated from Kramer High School in Columbus, NE in 1949. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and met her future husband. She graduated in 1953. She married Richard Gentry on August 22, 1954 in Columbus. The couple moved frequently, living in Omaha, NE, settling in Falls City, NE to raise their four children. In 1978, they moved to Blair, NE. Marilyn moved to Littleton, CO in 2012 to be close to her daughter, Susan.

With each move, Marilyn quickly made friends and was an active member of the United Methodist Church. Marilyn was involved in most areas of the church over the years from teaching Bible school, performing in choirs, to serving in leadership roles, including Treasurer of the Women's Society, and serving on both the District and Annual Conference Council on Ministries. Additionally she served on the Board of Trustees of Nebraska Wesleyan University for a year, the Board or Trustees of Blair's Crowell Home for six years, the last two of which were as President of the Board, and the Blair Park Board of which was President for a number of years.

Marilyn had many other active pastimes, including sewing, crafts, baking and traveling. A longtime member of Blair's Horticultural Society, she enjoyed flowers and vegetable gardening. She liked to share seeds and plants with her friends. Having a new species of tree or bush added to her yard was a joy.

A strong competitor, Marilyn loved to play games. Her friends will remember her passion for duplicate bridge. She avidly read articles on how to play better and earned Life Master Status with the American Contract Bridge League. While she played in many clubs, her favorite partner in cards was her husband, Richard (Dick) Gentry.

Marilyn was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. While she had many hobbies, her greatest accomplishment – and what she cared about most in life – was her family. She worked with the Camp Fire Girls in which her daughters were active. She was proud of her children and loved spending time with them and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her brothers, Wayne, (Vana) of Beverly Hills and Gene of Newcastle, Wyoming; daughter, Susan Hahn (Rick) of Centennial, CO; son, Tedd Gentry (Lois) of Decorah, IA; son, David Gentry (Jani) of Lincoln, NE; daughter Carol Burns (Paul) of Sanford, MI and 11 grandchildren.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Richard Gentry.

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