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Marilyn M. (Steenblock) Little

Goodell

Marilyn M. (Steenblock) Little, 82, of Goodell, IA, a native of the Thornton, IA, area, passed away, Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at the MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center, Mason City, IA.
A public time of visitation will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2023, from 10-11 AM at the Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, IA.
A public Memorial Service will take place at the Andrews Funeral Home at 11:00 Am, Wednesday.  Burial of Marilyn and her sister Elaine Steenblock will follow in the Amsterdam Cemetery east of Goodell by their parents Ted and Alice Steenblock.
Marilyn Margaret Steenblock, the daughter of Chester (Ted) and Alice (Boelman) Steenblock, was born in her parents’ country home near Thornton, IA, rural Cerro Gordo County, on August 18, 1941.  She was the baby sister of Elaine Steenblock who was born on February 28, 1939, and passed away on September 3, 2022, at the I.O.O.F. Home in Mason City, where Marilyn had resided the last few years as well.  I Elaine and Marilyn’s early childhood years the family moved to a farm in rural Hancock County near Goodell/Indian Lake
Marilyn attended Meservey Schools and graduated from Meservey High School.  She united in marriage to Donald Roger Little and their union was blessed with a son Mike and daughter Amy.  The couple’s marriage was not permanent.
Marilyn’s love for flowers and creativity blossomed throughout most her life.  This passion led her owning and operating her own flower shop in Belmond, Iowa, during the 1990’s known as ” The Little Flower Shop”.  Her ability to vision and create things with her own hands spilled over into her love for crocheting and her creating many beautiful one-of-a-kind items over the years.  Marilyn’s enjoyment of crocheting was mutually shared with her sister, Elaine, like so many things the two shared with one another over the years.
Following her years of owning “The Little Flower Shop”, Marilyn was employed for several years in the produce department at Bill’s Family Foods in Garner, IA.  She enjoyed her years there as well serving the public and her warm and friendly personality was a perfect fit asset for the store.
As the years went by and after their mother Alice passed away, Marilyn moved into the family home in Goodell with Elaine and became her caregiver and “guardian” for older sister.  This chapter and for the remainder of the 80 plus years of life their story line could have been captioned as, “Two Peas in a Pod!”, or “You won’t see one without the other!”. Two descriptions that fit the two of them perfectly.  Whether they were traveling about the countryside, on a trip to the grocery store, or another destination Marilyn and Elaine were inseparable.  In addition to their enjoyment of crocheting, the two might often be found in the region attending an afternoon or evening of Bingo competition.  The two looked forward to any occasions that meant spending time with their family.  Elaine enjoyed the solitude of going for walks and of course stopping along the way to visit with all the neighbors.  She loved doing word searches, working puzzles and the friendly competition of playing board games with Marilyn’s kids and her grandkids in their years of growing up. Though much of her life was spent as a home maker, Elaine had done some work cleaning for various people over the years.
Marilyn and Elaine were always there for one another as their life journeys both lasting more than 80 years rolled by.  Even as their health declined the two spent the last few years residing together at the I.O.O.F Home in Mason City, both of them battling many of the same health issues and passing away under many of the same circumstances. In the early morning hours this past Wednesday, December 6th, after several days being surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Marilyn, once again was called home to be with Elaine where the bond between the two of them once again will be forever!  Though it brings sadness and grief to Amy, Mike, the grandkids and other family and friends, the time Marily rejoined her sister was fitting for a couple of beautiful ladies who loved the Christmas season and once again are celebrating their special season together, free of health issues and reuniting with their parents and other loved ones.
Both ladies will be remembered for their gentle and friendly natures and their warm and welcoming ways to their family, friends and strangers.
The two of them will be fondly remembered by many families and friends.  Marilyn is survived by her son Mike (Shirley) Little, rural Goodell, IA; daughter Amy Snook, Mason City, IA and her children: Amber “Elemae Pierce and her boyfriend Tyler Hartema, Sara Solace and husband Blaze, and Arthur “A.J” Snook, along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family..
She was preceded in death by her father Chester a.k.a Ted in 1967, mother Alice in 1982, and sister Elaine on 9-03-2022.
Andrews Funeral Homes, Belmond, IA http://www.andrewsfuneralhomeandfloral.com  641-444-4474

 

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