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Marilla C. Perez

Obituary for Marilla C. Perez

May 18, 1939 - October 15, 2017
Avon, Ohio | Age 78


Marilla C. Perez (nee McClain), 78, of Avon passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017, following a brief illness. Marilla was born on May 18, 1939 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and was a 1957 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School. She attended Heidelberg University before transferring to Ohio State University, graduating in 1961. Following graduation, Marilla returned to Upper Sandusky, where she married her husband Dale (in 1961), and taught elementary Spanish in Marion City Schools for two years. In 1967, Marilla and her family moved to Avon, where she kept busy with the activities of her four children, volunteering with their schools, Girl Scouts, 4-H, church, and substitute teaching. She was very proud of her children's hard work and accomplishments. Marilla attended Avon United Methodist Church and Fields United Methodist Church in North Ridgeville, and was a member of the Friends of the Avon Library. She was an early advocate and organizer for Meals on Wheels in Avon and a driver for 20 years. She sewed gowns for patients of the Visiting Nurses Association, and for mission work through the Avon United Methodist Church. Marilla also donated to Resource Moms, a hospital outreach program supporting new mothers. She enjoyed gardening and she especially loved time with all of her grandchildren. Marilla is survived by her children: Lydia Perez (Ann), Lynn Maruna (David), Laura Perez (Jimmy), and Leah Hensley (Brian); 7 grandchildren; and brother, Paul H. McClain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale (2008), and her parents, Floyd and Gladys (nee Guthrie) McClain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Lorain County Office on Aging, NE, Meals on Wheels Program, 4575 Lake Rd., Sheffield Lake, OH 44054. Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon on Thursday, October 19 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Private family graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland. (440)937-6175

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  • Lorain County Office on Aging, NE, Meals on Wheels Program
    4575 Lake Rd
    Sheffield Lake, OH 44054

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Avon, OH 44011
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