Marilyn Prater

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June 25, 1931 - March 19, 2020
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in Ferguson, MO

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Marilyn Frances Prater (nee Marilyn O. Ottinger), of O Fallon, MO, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Leland Prater; cherished daughter of the late Franklin and Emma Ottinger; devoted mother of Craig (Patricia) Prater, David (Jackie) Prater, Brian (Christina) Prater, and Julia (Scot) Lane; loving grandmother of 10; treasured great-grandmother of 15; great-great-grandmother of 2; dear sister of the late Gloria McGrath.

Marilyn was a very active member of Immanuel UCC in Ferguson, MO. She worshipped God and loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She retired from BJC where she worked as a nurse for over 25 years. Marilyn volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and visiting shut-ins. She was a proud member of the 49ers. Marilyn was a very giving person who was always kind and generous. She was a devoted mother and “Oma” and was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made in Marilyn's name to Leukemia Society.


Guestbook Entries

  1. Fran Panagos March 21, 2020 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Marilyn was so Loved by all at Immanuel. Let us know if you are planning services for her.

  2. Barbara montgomery March 21, 2020 at 10:32 am - Reply

    candle 7Sorry for your loss

  3. Cathy Arras March 21, 2020 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Dear Craig, Patti & Extended Families

    Tom & I extend our deepest sympathies to you all. Oma was such a special lady that lite up many lives. I know she made all of your lives very special. Blessings!!!

    Love & Prayers,

    Cathy & Tom Arras

  4. Julie and Rob Bryant March 21, 2020 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Very sorry for your loss, she was a lovely lady. I enjoyed her company. She was very proud of her family, she will be missed.

  5. Allan March 21, 2020 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    candle 3Marilyn was one of the most compassionate, kind, and thoughtful people. And a great Nurse! She was also very funny. She could tell the best (mostly clean) jokes that would make just about anyone laugh out loud and put them instantly at ease. I was lucky enough to have been able to work with her at Christian Hospital where she acted as an unofficial mentor to me and many others on the Nursing Staff. A true example of what a Nurse should be. Can’t recall ever having seen her angry or gloomy and she always seemed to be upbeat, having that slightly mischevious smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes. I will always be thankful that she was my friend.

  6. Renee Turner March 21, 2020 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    My condolences to you and your family Ms. Patty. May God give you peace and comfort at this time.

  7. Stephen H Duncan March 21, 2020 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Marilyn Prater was my Mother’s Best Friend and she hers. They were born 5 days apart in 1931 and lived about a mile apart. I suspect Marilyn would convey if we could only remember her with tears then don’t remember her at all. I saw her 2 weeks ago with my Mom and she rolled her eyes at the title of the Pastor’s Sermon at Immanuel for the coming week. Glib and sarcastic to the end.

    I can’t remember her with tears. I can only remember her smile and most certainly her laugh. I have a box of letters she has written to me and Juli over the years usually after a Scripture reading, a eulogy, a Christmas Pageant or Children’s Time. I don’t know when your parents’ friends become your friends. But I do know this: Marilyn provided what I would describe as “Little Gasps of Joy” whenever I saw her. How great is that? Can you do better? RIP, Marilyn. RIP.

  8. Carole Texier March 22, 2020 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Marilynn and I worked very other weekend together. What great nurse and person. And her husband Lee also. What a great couple they were. Marilynn was always there for us! Always in charge on the weekend when needed! Thankful to call her a dear friend!

  9. Carole Weusthoff March 22, 2020 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Marilyn was truly a ‘special lady’. She greeted everyone with a smile, and kind words. For many of us, she was the first to call, or write a note, when you faced a problem, and you KNEW she would pray for you, the moment she hung up her phone.
    May the love of friends surround you, and the love of God comfort you.
    Carole Weusthoff

  10. Patrick McGrathhug March 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Aunt Marilyn I love you and going to you a lot . say hi to the family up there love you and miss you LOVE YOU

  11. Bill Hayes March 24, 2020 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Dave and Jackie,
    We are sorry to hear about your loss. Dave, your devotion to your mom was obvious every time we spoke .
    Bill Hayes and Sonya Joseph

  12. Lynn Hatch Wiesner March 29, 2020 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Julie, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was one of my favorite people in the world and I adored her and your Dad. Many great memories of her, from Sunday School at Immanuel, to talking with her about her Nursing career and where you were and what was going on in your life. I was so tickled to reconnect with your family when I worked with your brother at Lake Regional Medical Center, it was always such a joy to talk with him about your Mom. She was a wonderful friend to my Mom and Jane Czeschin. The lifelong friendships that class from Ferguson HIgh School had was impressive. Keeping you and your extended family in my thoughts and prayers.

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