Marilyn E. Tupper

  • Born: July 24, 1934
  • Died: April 3, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Marilyn E. Tupper, age 85, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Friday evening, April 3, 2020. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 24, 1934, the daughter of George and Helen (Frey) Dykstra. The family moved to Battle Creek when Marilyn was 3 years old and she graduated from St. Philip High School with the Class of 1952. Marilyn retired from the Y-Center as Membership Director in 1994 and had also worked for several years at Bell Telephone and the Black Vending Cafeteria at St. Philip.

Marilyn married the "Love of Her Life", George A. Tupper at St. Philip Catholic Church on May 31, 1958; he sadly preceded her in death on June 19, 2005. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heidi Johnson; a grandson, Parker Harris; her parents; a sister, Dorothy Anderson; and a brother-in-law, Dick Tupper. Marilyn is survived by her children, Kelley Johnson, Theresa (Edward) Smith, and Gregory (Teresa) Tupper, all of Battle Creek; her grandchildren, Matt (Brittany), Eric (Abby), Zach (Chelsie), Heather (Brad), Megan (Kyle), Blake and Cole (Julia); her great-grandchildren, Emilia, Maxsen, Gavin, Braylen, Emmett, Rhett, and Brendan; a sister-in-law, Helen Tupper; and several nieces & nephews.

Marilyn was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church and the W.S.O. She enjoyed shopping, golfing, traveling, casino gaming, sitting at the beach and spending time with her family.

A Memorial Mass to celebrate Marilyn's life will be held later in the year when it is safe to gather again. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ascension at Home Hospice and/or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Marilyn may be placed at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Our condolences to the family.
Sam and Teresa Durham

Posted by Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI - Acquaintance   April 11, 2020

Greg, Teresa, Zach, Megan and Families,
Barb and I send our heartfelt sympathies to all of you at the loss of Marilyn. She was such a nice person with a great smile and engaging personality. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Posted by Jeffrey Shouldice - Battle Creek, MI   April 08, 2020

Teresa, Kelley and Greg - So very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a lovely lady. Prayers to your family.

Posted by Julaine Paltelki - Battle Creek, MI - Acquaintance   April 07, 2020

My deepest, loving condolences to you all (Theresa) at the loss of such an beautiful and honored woman. I will never forget her kindness and concern for others she showed others, including me. Keeping you all in my heart and prayers. Much love~

Posted by Kim M. Yarger - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   April 06, 2020

Greg, Teresa, Zach, Megan and Families,
Barb and I send our heartfelt sympathy to all of you at the loss of Marilyn. She was a nice lady who had an engaging smile and personality. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Barb and Jeff

Posted by Jeffrey Shouldice - Battle Creek, MI   April 06, 2020

My sympathies to the family. I played golf with Marilyn (and her daughter Teresa) for many years at Binder Park Golf Course in the Thursday Night Ladies League. Marilyn was a good golfer and I always enjoyed talking with her. Peace & Blessings to you all.

Posted by Marcia Wentworth - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   April 06, 2020

To All:
We are so sorry about Mom, Grandma, Marilyn. She was the greatest. She was fun loving and a ball to be around! I enjoyed visiting her at work on Wednesday's. She was so proud of her family and told me all the time. She will be truly missed. May all your wonderful memories bring a smile to your face and peace to your heart.
Sue and Richard Smith

Posted by Susan Smith - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   April 06, 2020

I had the joy of volunteering with Marilyn at Bronson Battle Creek. She always had a smile on her face and was always quick witted when we would talk. She was just a pure joy to be around. Condolences to all of her friends and family. Take Good Care.

Posted by Gino Ughetti - Springfield, MI   April 06, 2020

Rest in peace Marilyn..thank you for being a wonderful neighbor. I'll miss waving, your wonderful garage sales and seeing each other at church.

Posted by Tim and Onnie O'Meara - Battle Creek, MI - Neighbor   April 06, 2020

So sorry about this sad news. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Beth (Baker) Jones - The Villages, FL   April 06, 2020

Our deepest condolences to you and your family

Posted by Jeffrey Paradise - Battle creek, MI   April 05, 2020

Enjoyed working with Marilyn through the years as a volunteer at Bronson Battle Creek. She was a wonderful person and will sadly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Rick Harris

Posted by rick harris - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   April 05, 2020