In loving memory of

Marilyn Allspach
January 7, 1955 - August 20, 2020

Marilyn, 65 of Baxter, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Mercy One Medical Center in Newton, Iowa. Memorial services are pending.

Marilyn was born on January 7th, 1955 to Isaac and Patricia (Luckey) Strickland in Newton, IA. She attended Baxter school the class of 1973. Marilyn and Russell got married on May 9, 1997 at Lake Red Rock in Knoxville Iowa. Marilyn worked for CDS Global for 25 years as a Quality Assurance Analyst before retiring in December of 2019. Marilyn could light a room as soon as she walked in, she always had a smile on her face and a bounce in her step. Marilyn loved spending time with her family and seeing her grandkids and great-grandchildren. Things she really enjoyed doing the most were, Fishing, cooking, bird watching, sewing, traveling, going to the fair, going to garage sales, she loved to play BINGO, getting on Facebook to catch up with family and friends , and she loved to crochet. Most of all she just enjoyed life. She was a friend to all and always had a smile on her face.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Russell Allspach of Baxter, IA; children Craig (Cindra) Cather of Indianola, IA, Carrie (Stephen) Fuches of Altoona, IA, Carl Cather of Thornton, CO, Courteny (John) Lehman of Hollister, MO, step-children Gina (Danny) Hewitt of Newton, IA, and Eric Allspach of Newton, IA; grandchildren Kyle Cather, Noah Cather, Dylan Haase, Matthew Cather, Alayna Cather, Owen Cather, Baby Cather due 2020, Jonathan Lehman, Nicholas Lehman, Emily Lehman, Christian Hewitt, Kayla Hewitt-Otta, and Zach Hewitt; great-grandchildren Liam Cather, Lane Cather, Kambree Adams, Able Otta, Acyn Lowery, and Jaxyn Lowery; siblings Mike (Marilyn) Strickland of Huron, OH, Kathy Morris of Des Moines, IA, John (Diana) Strickland of Baxter, IA, and Janet (Sam Voss) Strickland of Mitchellville, IA; mother-in-law Kate Allspach of Newton, IA; brother-in-law Byron (Diana) Allspach of Newton, IA; sisters-in-law Teresa Baarda of Baxter, IA, Ruby (Lee) Olson of Levingsworth, KS, Cindy (Bob) Swihart of Newton, IA, and Peggy Allspach of Newton, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents Isaac and Patricia Strickland.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Marilyn Allspach Memorial and mailed to P.O. Box 86, Baxter, Iowa, 50028.


Lisa Johnson wrote on Sep 17, 2020:

"You have left such a hole in my life. I miss my good friend. I miss your advice, your kind words, your comfort and support, the way you always cheered me up and made me laugh so hard. I miss your smile (you have a GREAT smile!). I wasn't ready for you to leave. I miss you so..."

Lisa Johnson wrote on Sep 2, 2020:

"I miss you... ;("

Brad Parker wrote on Sep 1, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss Russ and John"

Fran Lehman wrote on Aug 28, 2020:

"Marilyn was always a great host when you stayed at her house! She also was a great cook and loved her kids with all of her heart..she will be missed...sorry for everyone's loss. Fran Lehman"

Dana Huff wrote on Aug 28, 2020:

"I?m so glad I got to meet Marilyn. So was such a warm heart and happy person. She made me the best peanut butter fudge I?ve ever had. I?m so sorry for your loss. Many hugs and prayers to all of you ??"

Lisa Johnson wrote on Aug 28, 2020:

"Wait a sec! Hold the darn phone! That was YOU who caused all the chaos at work yesterday, wasn?t it!!!! You knew I needed a laugh! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!! I love ya Mare Mare! Send me more signs from time to time. I will keep an eye out for you. ??"

Lisa Johnson wrote on Aug 28, 2020:

"Wait a sec! Hold the phone! That was YOU who caused the chaos at work yesterday! You wanted to give me a laugh cuz you knew I needed one! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! I love you girl! Sends signs whenever you can. Might take me a bit to figure out it?s you, but I will watch for them. ??"

Lisa Johnson wrote on Aug 28, 2020:

"Marilyn, I wanted to call you so badly yesterday to chat about work stuff. Who am I gonna talk to when I am frustrated. You always found a way to make me laugh at every problem, every debacle. I?m no longer have someone who completely understands where I?m coming from. You talked me down from more ledges that I can count. And u have heard all my personal tragedies and trials and have comforted me every time my heart was hurting (when my dad died, when my brother died, when my many pets over the years died, and when things with my kids were not going well). I really need to talk to you. I wish you were still here. :("

Cathy Hagist wrote on Aug 27, 2020:

"Marilyn was wonderful to work with. Always willing to do whatever ask of her. She loved her family dearly. Prayers to the entire family as you navigate thru this very difficult time."

Cathy Hagist wrote on Aug 27, 2020:

"Marilyn was always a positive person. Great person to work with and always upbeat. She would do anything ask of her. Loved her family dearly. Prayers to the entire family as you navigate thru this very difficult time."

Tracie D Feight wrote on Aug 27, 2020:

"Marilyn always made me laugh while we were at work. Prayers to her family at this difficult time."

Joy Bergren wrote on Aug 25, 2020:

"I am so happy to have gotten to work with Marilyn. She was a true blessing to be around.. Prayers to her family. May you be blessed with a lot of wonderful memories.. "

John Lehman wrote on Aug 24, 2020:

"Welcomed me to the family in 2001. Always told me too take care of her baby.. Always there with advice you needed to hear, but didn't want too. And the love she showed for her family was unmatched. RIP Marilyn! You will be missed everyday."

Suzanne Van Zandt wrote on Aug 23, 2020:

"Your mom was the most fun person ever and she loved you kids with all her heart. She talked about you all the time. So sorry for your loss. Russ words can?t explain the hurt in my heart right now know she?s in my prayers and I?m sorry for your loss also"

Ira United Church wrote on Aug 21, 2020:

"Our prayers and sympathies are extended to the friends and family of Marilyn Allspach."