Grace Marilyn Skouge Irwin passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Loring Hospital in Sac City.
Marilyn was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in Kanawha, the daughter of Mons and Nellie (Nelson) Skouge. She grew up in Kanawha and graduated from Kanawha High School in 1946. Marilyn attended Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) in Cedar Falls and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s teaching degree in physical education. She taught school in Sac City and Marshalltown.
While teaching in Sac City. she met a young farmer, Neil Irwin, on a blind date. On Aug. 23, 1953, Marilyn married Neil at the Lutheran Church in Kanawha. To this union, there were three children, Julie, Mike and David born. Marilyn was a busy homemaker, raising their family and helping Neil with the large livestock and dairy operation. She loved living in the country and life on the farm. Marilyn also was a kid at heart and frequently committed time to teach and enjoy swimming and roller skating with the family.
Marilyn was an active member of United Methodist Women for all of her married life and held several offices. She received the special pin of recognition. Marilyn was a longtime Sunday school teacher and Campfire Girls leader. As a music lover, she sang in the Sac County Community Chorus, was a past member of the Sac Fine Arts Association and participated in several of its productions under the direction of Gordon Lamb. Marilyn also taught several of her children and grandchildren to play the piano.
Marilyn was proud of her Norwegian heritage and especially enjoyed when she and Neil traveled to Scandinavia to visit Neil’s relatives in Sweden and her relatives in Norway. They found the birthplace of Marilyn’s father in Skouge, Norway. Marilyn felt that she had finally found her roots. Another key experience occurred when she and Neil toured throughout Alaska, including along the Alaska-Canadian Highway that her dad helped build in 1942 to aid the WWII military efforts. Through the years, Marilyn and Neil enjoyed many nice trips and had fond memories of tent camping in the Rocky Mountains and national parks.
Marilyn’s children and grandsons were her great joy. Marilyn loved playing bridge with her friends and playing the piano for her own enjoyment. She was a voracious reader, especially of historical fact and fiction, and always had a book handy.
Marilyn is survived by her children, Julie (Rick) Murphy of Algona, Mike Irwin (Lois Andert) of Shakopee, Minn., David Irwin (Becky Pontious) of Sac City; grandsons, Dan Irwin of Titonka, Mark (Kayley) Irwin of Sac City and Cody Pontious of Sac City; brother-in-law Dwight Irwin of Golden, Colo.; a great-grandson, due in November 2019; and many extended family members and friends.
Preceding her in death were husband Neil Irwin; parents, Mons and Nellie Skouge; brother and sister-in-law Dr. Oren (Mary) Skouge; brother-in-law Craig Irwin; sisters-in-law, Carol Irwin and Phyllis Irwin; and nephew Danny Irwin.
A Memorial Service was held on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at United Methodist Church in Sac City, with the Rev. Missy Brown officiating. Inurnment took place at Oakland Cemetery in Sac City. Farber & Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City was in charge of arrangements.