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Kathy, Your mom was much liked and treasured at Willard Library. I'm so sorry for your losses this year. Sue Steeby


Posted by: Sue Steeby - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   May 15, 2020

Beautiful service Aunt Molly, May you be helping Uncle Dick and Dick get the dock out and launch the boat at the "heavenly cabin" before the Devil gets his boat out of storage. My memories of you are a comfort and joy, you always provided warmth and happiness. Love ya. Gerry

Tracee has a wonderful A capella voice and Cathy made sure you had some clothes pins and kleenex.


Posted by: Gerald Storey - SACRAMENTO, CA - Family   May 04, 2020

Marlene was such a treasure! We worked together at Willard Library where she
was a fountain of information and resources for local history and genealogy.
Marlene was always involved in many research projects at once, patiently sleuthing, writing, inquiring, gathering information and helping with individual inquiries well before internet. She was as interested and enthusiastic about the genealogy of others as if it was her own. Her desk was as cluttered as mine, but she knew where everything was. What an

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Posted by: Jeanie Stewart - Lake, MI - Coworker   May 03, 2020

I work with here at north wester jr. hiy school in jr. humansity she was a nice person


Posted by: reece adkins - battle creek, MI - Friend   May 03, 2020

Marlene was my boss at my very first job, working in the Local History Room at Willard while I was in high school. I could not have asked for a better first job experience! I learned SO much from her about Battle Creek history and doing genealogical research. I went on to become a public librarian and often think of things she taught me. On another note, my grandparents, Leo and Shirley Styer, were good friends with the senior Steele's. Marlene and I really enjoyed discovering that connection! I will always have many happy memories of her.


Posted by: Katie Bell Moore - Madison, AL - Friend   May 02, 2020

I knew Marlene through her job (and vocation) as the person in charge of the Local History Room at Willard Library and in charge of the library's genealogical department . She loved what she did , which was obvious to anyone who came in contact with her.
She became a great friend of my mother, Frances Thornton, and we all worked on local history projects, including the creation of the Battle Creek Historic District Commission , the 100th

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Posted by: Kurt Thornton - Battle Creek, MI   May 02, 2020

I have many pleasant memories of Marlene while working on the Sesquicentennial Book. Our planning meetings were held at Willard Library and Marlene was always there offering help and background expertise.


Posted by: Barbara Comai - Ann arbor, MI - Acquaintance   May 01, 2020