Marilyn Marie Kreft was born on March 29, 1931, the third child of four born to Albert and Christena (Buse) Kreft near Nemaha. She graduated from the Nemaha High School in 1948. She attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where she earned her elementary school teaching certificate. On Sept. 18, 1949 Marilyn was united in marriage to Gordon F. Fett at St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.
Marilyn taught kindergarten through grade 2 at Highview Consolidated School for several years. She worked in the library at the Aurelia High School, then later at the Area Education Agency in Marshalltown and in the library of a junior high school in Marshalltown.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, several church groups, and quilting circle. Marilyn and Gordon enjoyed traveling in Europe, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, and most of all in the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. She especially enjoyed working with her flowers and being with her grandchildren.
Marilyn died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Marilyn in death were her parents, brother Eugene (Sam) and wife Ardeth Kreft, sister Nina Albin, grandson Billy Johnson, brothers-in-law Harold (Dick) Hughes, Harold and wife Ruth Fett, Donald Fett, Luvurn Fett, and infant brother-in-law Robert Fett, parents-in-law August and Mamie Fett and step-mother-in-law Louise Fett.
Survivors include her husband Gordon Fett of Aurelia, two children, Robert and his wife Gretchen Fett of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Susan and her husband Dave Johnson of Aurelia. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Jeremy and his wife Nikki Johnson of Ames, Tanner Johnson currently serving in the Iowa National Guard in Kabul, Afghanistan, Kelsey Johnson of Aurelia, and Christian Fett and Daniel Fett, both of Inver Grove Heights, two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Cole Johnson of Ames, one sister, Lois Hughes of Ankeny, sister-in-law Marge Fett of Alta, and brother-in-law Raynard Schmidt of Vail, and other relatives and friends.