Marian Cecilia Rollins (Malisos) 79, Columbia, IL passed peacefully on Monday, September 18th, 2023. She leaves her husband, Tom Rollins; daughters Wendy Brannaker (Chris), Tammy Kroner (John); grandchildren Jack Brannaker (Miranda), Alan Brannaker, Will Kroner, Grace Kroner, Aly Kroner; brothers James Malisos (Sandy), Norman Malisos (Diane); family and friends.
Marian leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and a life well lived. She embodied the very essence of a loving, generous and kind spirit. She had a servants heart and was always looking for ways to help lighten the load for others. Her sweet disposition, beautiful smile, and warm embrace touched the lives of countless people.
As a loving wife, she shared 6 decades of marriage with her devoted husband, Tom. Their love story, which began at Mehlville high school, was a testament to their enduring love and unwavering commitment. Together, they created a extraordinary life filled with love, family, vast adventures, and lots of joy and laughter.
She was a wife who loved her husband dearly, supporting him through lifes ups and downs and through lifes many adventures such as motorcycle riding, judo, horseback riding, archery, and travel. She shared her love for travel with Tom, exploring diverse cultures and experiencing the beauty of God’s creation. Through her travels she also forged life long friendships and travel companions.
Her love continued for her daughters, she shared with them her wisdom, her dreams and her boundless love. In leading by example, she inspired them to be nurturing and loving wives and mothers. She encouraged them to build their families and homes on faith, hope and love.
One of Marian’s greatest joys was her grandchildren. She cherished her role as “MaMa” and she loved to relish in their snuggles and kisses. She created countless beautiful memories with them which included hiking, travel, cooking, making gingerbread houses from scratch and playing with her pups.
Marian’s passion for homemaking was evident in every aspect of Windy Bluff. She created a beautiful home and happily welcomed family and friends. She had a unique way of making everyone feel welcome. She enjoyed using her creative flair to decorate for all the holidays and to host parties for friends and family. Her home was a haven of warmth, love and the aroma of her delicious meals filled the air.
Marian had a special place in her heart for serving. She volunteered in different capacities throughout her life including her 9-year service to the World Bird Sanctuary. She was also a “dog person” and took so much joy in raising and training all her dogs; Harley, Sunny, Grizzly, and Holly. She also enjoyed the outdoors, riding horses, and taking care of God’s birds and wildlife.
Her walk through life was marked by a deep devotion to her faith. She found inspiration in building her relationship with the Lord through simple acts of prayer, reading her Bible, and engaging with her beloved devotional, “Jesus Calling.” This connection with the Lord wasn’t confined to a single aspect of her life, it touched every facet.
Marian was a genuinely kind and loving woman who shined the light of Jesus in this world. She leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter and spirit that will continue to inspire all of us.
Visitation at Kutis Affton Chapel 10151 Gravois Road on Sunday, September 24th from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral service, September 25th at Kutis 10:00am. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
An expression of sympathy memorials may go to:
World Bird Sanctuary: https://www.worldbirdsanctuary.org/give/
Monroe County YMCA: https://gwrymca.org/donate
As a way to honor her grandmother, please support Grace Kroner in her philanthropic efforts through Sigma Kappa for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2023/MO-GreaterMissouri?px=18703266&pg=personal&fr_id=16671