Marilyn Rice - Brookings

Aug. 31, 1928 – June 7, 2018

Marilyn (Krulish) Rice, 89 of Brookings, died at the home of her daughter, Jody (Jack) Lundie on Lake Madison on June 7, 2018. Celebration of life services are at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Reformed Church in Volga with burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Bruce.  

Marilyn Eva Cook was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Bruce to Chester and Hilma (Kemp) Cook. She graduated from Bruce High School in 1946.  After attending General Beadle State College, Marilyn taught in several country schools.  

On Jan. 2, 1949 Marilyn married Calvin R Krulish and they had three children; Daniel, Mary and Jody.  After living in California, Pierre, Northern Minnesota and Toronto, the family moved to Brookings, where they lived until 1972.  In 1972 Marilyn moved to Flandreau, where she met James (Jiggs) Rice.  They were married on February 2, 1973.  Marilyn and Jiggs made their home on a farm by Ward  until moving to the Cook family farm on 1976 by Bruce.   In 1993 Marilyn and Jiggs moved to Brookings,  where she lived until 2018.  Marilyn wore many hats during her lifetime. She cooked at several restaurants in Brookings and managed the Woolworth lunch counter where she guarded their famous cheesecake recipe. Marilyn sold life insurance for several years, owned a tavern, was a florist, and taught floral design.  

Marilyn also was an administrator of Park View Nursing Home in Volga.  She loved flowers and her yard and gardens were always full of beautiful color.  Marilyn was a member of the First Reformed Church in Volga where she was a member of the Ladies Aid.  Marilyn was active in the Historical Club and several bible study groups.  She loved the Lord and most of all she loved her grandchildren.  

Marilyn is survived by her children: Daniel (Lynda) Krulish of Lonsdale Minnesota, Mary Bakker of Sioux Falls and Jody (Jack) Lundie of Lake Madison; three stepchildren: Michael (Jeani) of Webster, Jeffory (Lori) of Brookings and Timothy (Robin) of Volga; Eight grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren and five step-great-great grandchildren; a special niece Cheryl Glazier and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.  

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband James Rice and her sisters: Glenes Peter, Mavis Bruflat, and Ardyth Showers.  

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