Saturday, October 24, 2020

 Marlana Marie (Cox) VanPatten

    Marlana Marie (Cox) VanPatten age 42 of Howell, MI died Sunday, October 18, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer with her family at her side.  Marlana was born on June 15, 1978 to Candice McFarlane and the late Wilbur Cox.

     HER FAMILY… Marlana is survived by the love of her life James L. VanPatten, Jr., daughter Maleena VanPatten and son Tyler VanPatten, her mother Candice McFarlane, grandmother Shirley McFarlane, aunt Marcia McFarlane, mother-in-law Patricia VanPatten. Marlana was preceded in death by her father Wilbur Cox, grandfather Donald McFarlane, father-in-law James L VanPatten, Sr., brother-in-law Chris VanPatten and uncle Jeffrey VanPatten.

     HER LEGACY… Marlana and James were married on July 3, 2003.  Together they enjoyed spending time with their children boating, fishing, cooking and dancing. Marlana’s family was her greatest treasure.  She also spent her time rescuing and finding homes for dogs through the Take My Paw animal rescue organization and adopting many fur babies as well.

    Marlana was a loving caring spiritual being. Mentor and teacher to everyone she came into contact with.

    A free spirit connected with nature. A true warrior and Patriot with her battle against chronic lyme disease and cancer.

      I would like to extend a special thanks to all that stood by her side to the end – Jim.

     HER RECEPTION OF FRIENDS…was held for Marlana on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 3 to 7 pm at MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Take My Paw (PO Box 1091, Fowlerville, MI 48836) in memory of Marlana. 

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