Marilyn Rae Davis (1926-2005)

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Marilyn Rae Davis Ward Williams Buffington
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Born: 1 Aug 1926 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died: 23 Jan 2005 Traverse City, Michigan
Father: J. Warne Davis
Mother: Florence Spidel
Siblings: Jerald Wayne Davis
Marilyn Rae Davis
Bill Davis
Spouse: Robert Denton Ward II
Married: 26 Jun 1943 Charlevoix, Michigan
Children: Robert Denton Ward III
Rodney Ward
Garth Leroy Ward
Spouse: (2) John Williams
Spouse: (3) Ronald Buffington


Traverse City Record-Eagle, Monday, January 24, 2005

MARILYN R. BUFFINGTON, 78, of Midland, died Sunday morning, Jan. 23, 2005, at the Traverse City home of her son and daughter-in-law, Garth and Pam Ward.

Services will be held in Midland. For service information, please contact the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City, which is serving the family.

Midland Daily News, Tuesday, January 25, 2005:

Marilyn Rae Buffington

Marilyn Rae Buffington, 78, of Midland, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005.

She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Grand Rapids, daughter of the late J. Warne and Florence (Spidle) Davis. She was a cosmetologist, known as "Miss Marilyn" where she taught at the Mount Pleasant Beauty School for 18 years.

She is survived by her devoted companion, Wayne "Sarge" Luick; sons, Rod (Cheryl) Ward of Owosso, and Garth (Pam) Ward of Traverse City; daughter-in-law Carolyn Ward of Pickford; her brother, Bill (Dianne) Davis; former husband Ronald Buffington; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; husbands Robert D. Ward II, and John Williams; and son, Robert (Denny) Ward III. Marilyn's description of her life was, "I did it my way", and according to her wishes, cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 W. Wheeler St., with Pastor Mitzi Nimmo presiding.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider MidMichigan Hospice of Midland, or Munson Hospice of Traverse City. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, or through


  •, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Friday, January 17, 2003, Obituary: Ward, Robert Denton III
  • Marriage: Michigan Marriage Records, 1867-1952:
Name: Marilyne Rae Davis
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Year: abt 1927
Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Marriage Date: 26 Jun 1943
Marriage Place: East Jordan, Charlevoix, Michigan, USA
Age: 16
Residence Place: East Jordan, Michigan
Father: J Warne Davis
Mother: Florence Spidel
Spouse: Robert Dent Ward
County File Number: 22
State File Number: 15 1894
Film: 33
Film Title: 15 Charlevoix 720 16 Cheboygan 1984
Film Description: Charlevoix (1941) - Cheboygan (1946)
  • Death: U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007:
Name: Marilyn Rae Davis
[Marilyn Rae Williams]
[Marilyn Buffington]
[Marilyn Ward]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 1 Aug 1926
Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan
[Grand Rapids??, Michigan]
Death Date: 23 Jan 2005
Father: J W Davis
Mother: Florence E Spidle
SSN: 373-20-1029
Notes: Aug 1942: Name listed as MARILYN RAE DAVIS;
Oct 1962: Name listed as MARILYN RAE WILLIAMS;
06 Jul 1978: Name listed as MARILYN RAE BUFFINGTON;
03 Dec 1993: Name listed as MARILYN R BUFFINGTON;
 : Name listed as MARILYN DAVIS WARD