After graduating from Liberal High School, she began teaching and later moved to Fort Scott, Kan., where she met the love of her life, William (Bill) Sauerwein. The two were married on Dec. 21, 1946. She and Bill enjoyed many fun moments at their lake home where they fished, boated, and had quality time with their children and grandchildren. They loved to travel and camp and traveled extensively across the United States. After retirement, they spent their winters in Florida and in south Texas. Marlyn's children and grandchildren were her greatest joy.
Survivors include one son, John Sauerwein and wife, Shirley; two daughters, Janet Armstrong and husband, Steve, and Debbie Lewis and husband, David; and one daughter-in-law, Vicki Sauerwein, all of Fort Scott, Kan. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Stacy, Tim, and Angie Sauerwein, Chris Armstrong and wife, Kam, Jeff Armstrong and wife, Jamie, Jodi Polk and husband, Darren, Melinda Seaver and husband, Josh, Mark Lewis and wife, Casey, and Erin Mannen and husband, Drew. Additionally, there are 10 great-grandchildren, Jaron Sauerwein, Evan, Ty, Brooks, Kendal, and Jaxen Armstrong, Mitch Pent, Krista and Samuel Polk, and Joe William Lewis. Survivors also include two brothers, Reed and Howard Smith; and one sister, Beth Rader, all of Joplin, Mo. Marlyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William (Bill) Sauerwein; her son, Edward M. Sauerwein; three sisters, Irma Mae Ledford, Marie Thomas, and Sue Williams; and one brother, James Smith. She was a member of the Community Christian Church.
The Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31, at the Community Christian Church. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Community Christian Church or the Sauerwein Community College Scholarship Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.