Marilyn Smyth

Marilyn Smyth

KEARNEY — Marilyn M. Smyth, 88, of Kearney, formerly of Gibbon, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Brookestone Gardens in Kearney.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Gibbon Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at the Gibbon Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Gibbon Baptist Church.

O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Marilyn was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Kearney to William and Ethel (Applegate) Riley.

She grew up on a farm south of Gibbon, attended District 42, and graduated from Gibbon High School in 1948. She attended Kearney State Teachers College and Phoenix College.

In 1950 she married Clyde Smyth. The couple farmed southeast of Gibbon, retiring to Gibbon in 1986. Clyde died in 2007.

Marilyn was an active member of Gibbon Baptist Church where she served as organist and pianist for over 60 years. All throughout her life she gave generously of her musical talents, playing for hundreds of weddings, funerals, and other events in the surrounding area.

She was a member of Just Another Club, Pioneer Club, and the Bits and Pieces Quilt Club. She was well known for her delicious homemade pies. She was a gifted seamstress and enjoyed sewing for herself and her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her three sons, Greg and wife Angela of Shelton, Brad of Lusk, Wyo., and Todd and wife Donna of Gonzalez, La.; daughter, Brenda and husband Leonard Saari of Garnet Valley, Pa.; six grandchildren, Cari and husband Adam Haag, Scott and wife Anna Smyth of Shelton, Stephanie and husband Alex Lindenstein, and Collin Smyth of Gibbon, Andrew and wife Heidi Smyth of Escondido, Calif., Jessie and husband Chris Evans of Potlatch, Idaho; eight great grandchildren; as well as a host of extended relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clyde; and sister, Velma Zwink.

Memorials in Marilyn’s honor are kindly suggested to the Gibbon Baptist Church or the Gibbon Educational Foundation.

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