Marilyn Lee Schmitt was born April 12, 1967, in Sac City, the daughter of Ed and Sandra (Schramm) Schmitt. She was baptized at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. She had her first communion and later confirmed her faith at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early.
Marilyn received her early education at Sacred Heart grade school before graduating from Crestland High School in 1985. She attended Northeast Missouri State University for two years studying animal science. She then transferred to Findlay College in Ohio, taking equestrian studies. While young, Marilyn moved with her parents to a farm Southwest of Early. She grew up spending most of her time around the horses, cows, and pigs. She was involved in 4-H and loved showing her horse, Black Beauty, and received many blue ribbons. She also enjoyed volleyball, track and softball.
During summer breaks from college, Marilyn worked at Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, Colo., where she met Matt Levin from Esbon, Kan. They were married in 1988 and later divorced. To this union a son Kirk was born in 1991 and a daughter Jessica was born in 1996.
Marilyn moved back to Early in 2004. She did a complete remodel of her home on Maple Street with the help of her dad and brothers. She loved trail riding with her horse Holly. She enjoyed helping her brother Mike on his turkey farm, and was employed full time at V.T. Industries in Holstein, with the exception of a year when she milked cows for LeRoy and Karla Meyer at Sac City until she was forced to give up milking because of shoulder pain.
Survivors include her daughter, Jessica Levin of Ridgeway, Wisc.; parents Edward and Sandra Schmitt of Early; brothers: Mike (Melissa) Schmitt of Early and Mark (Summer) Schmitt also of Early; sister Molly (Tony) Heneman of Hartley; five nieces and one nephew; many cousins; extended family members; step grandmother; special friend Doug Moede; and many other friends.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her grandparents: John and Bertha Schmitt and Royce and Betty Schramm; uncles: Lawrence Schmitt; Lenard and wife Mary Schmitt, and Bill Christman.