Marilyn K. DeFord, 88, of Spencer, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2022 at the Monroe Hospital in Bloomington, Indiana. Marilyn was born in Spencer, Indiana on September 16, 1934 to Wallace “Shep” Sheppard and Philena Dorothea (McDowell) Sheppard. Marilyn graduated from Spencer High School in 1952 and married Jack R. DeFord on June 3, 1955 . She retired as a Legal Secretary, having worked for Hickam & Hickam and received Indiana Legal Secretary of the year in 1974. Marilyn was also owner of Insurance Services Inc. in Spencer. Marilyn loved the Lord and attended the Owen Valley Christian Fellowship and the Spencer First Christian Church where she taught bible study and sunday school classes. She was also a member of Tri Kappa Sorority in Spencer. Marilyn enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting and sewing.
Marilyn is survived by her children, Beth (Bret) Eaton, Wally (Kathy) DeFord, grandchildren, Kayla Eaton, Tyler (Bailee) DeFord, Darby DeFord, Haley Barger, great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Welding, Cade Eaton, Andrew Heaton, Jackson Heaton, Mason Frank, Everly Lientz, Easton Lientz, great-great-grandchildren, Amari Ruiz-Eaton, Ciana Eaton, sister-in-law, Sheila Sheppard, niece, Melinda (John) Steel, and many friends and extended family members.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Kay Lynn DeFord, grandson, Luke Eaton, and brother, Stanley Sheppard.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 3, 2022 at the Spencer First Christian Church, 157 South Montgomery Street, Spencer. Pastor Bill Grandi will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11:00 AM until the time of service at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.westparrishpedigo.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Owen County Community Foundation in care of the Owen County CASA Fund, the Jack R. DeFord Library Fund, or the Owen Valley Christian Fellowship Church.