Marion Irene Garlock
Marion Irene (Mern) Garlock, age 96 of Fowlerville died Sunday, April 11, 2021 at her home.
She was born September 10, 1924 in Hazel Park, MI to Byron and Gladys (Warner) Fockler. Marion grew up on a farm north of Howell. She attended Marr Primary School and later graduated from Howell High School in 1943. She married Donald Garlock on May 6, 1949. He preceded her in death on August 12, 1990.
Donald and Marion worked their farm on Robb Road in Fowlerville until 1970 when they moved to Howell. Marion worked at Howell Redband Motors and then from home as a cake decorator making countless beautiful wedding and graduation cakes over the years.
She was an avid roller skater, softball player, and baker. She worked as a baker at her daughters’ business, Incredi-Bulk Foods in Howell making amazing cookies, muffins and cinnamon rolls from scratch for the full 19 years it was open. She retired at 81.
More importantly, Marion’s life was centered on her love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Her heart was to teach and train children at Marr Community Bible Church, where she was a charter member. Marion taught Sunday School/Children’s ministry for nearly 77 years – an unofficial world record. She began on the weekend of her 16th birthday and retired at the age of 92. Nothing fulfilled her life more than raising and working with children. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (III John 1:4) sums up her life’s work and goal.
Marion is survived by three daughters and their husbands – Janet & Allan Vasaris, Lillian and Chip Frick, and Connie and Al Shear. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren – Jason (Jenny) Vasaris, Susanna Goodemote, Jenny (Carlos) Rivera, Sharon Goodemote, Ronald (Diane) Goodemote, Nathan Goodemote, Marci (Chad) Bartholomew, Courtney (Taylor) Snyder, and Caleb Shear.
Also survived by her great-grandchildren – Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Andrew, Joshua, Benjamin, and Jonathan Vasaris, Josiah, Liam, and Brianna Rivera, Kimberly, Alex, Nicole, and Matthew Goodemote, and Silas Bartholomew.
In addition to her husband, Marion was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and David Goodemote, grandson Nathaniel Goodemote, and great-granddaughter Alyssa Vasaris.
She was also preceded in death by her six siblings and their spouses – Donald (Thelma) Fockler, Floyd (Georgia) Fockler, Olive (Harold) Eason, Edna (Dwaine) Turner, Helen (Merrill Silver, Dean) Sellman, and Vivian (Glen Shelly, Homer) Wilkinson. She was also a dear aunt to 22 nieces and nephews.
A private burial service for the family will take place on Wednesday, April 21 at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell.
A service open to all friends and family to celebrate Marion’s life will take place at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 23 at Marr Community Bible Church.