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Obituary: Marilyn Southam Volmer Kolkena

"Her children arise and call her blessed"

Proverbs 31:28

Our beautiful wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend, Marilyn Southam Volmer Kolkena, passed away September 21, 2000, from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Born Nov 5, 1933, in Salt Lake City, UT to Howard Harold and Bridget Anna Dougherty Southam. Married Jack Lee Volmer, July 21, 1955, in Sacred Heart Church, Salt Lake City, UT. They were blessed with three wonderful children, Linda Ann Auwerda, Steven John Volmer, and Nancy Kay Volmer, as well as six grandchildren. Jack died May 25, 1985, from colon cancer.

Married Arnold J. Kolkena Aug 6, 1994, in St. Vincent's Church, and acquired three stepchildren, Margaret, Raymond, and Roger Kolkena, as well as six step-grandchildren.

Marilyn graduated from the South High Class of '52. Attended St. Mary of the Wasatch College, and graduated from Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing in 1955. She was honored to receive the Bishop Hunt Outstanding Nurse Award. Later she received a Bachelors degree from St. Francis College in Illinois.

She worked at Holy Cross Hospital following graduation until starting a family. She was privileged to work at Shriner's Hospital for Children for 35 and one-half years in many positions, the last being Director of Surgical Services. Was selected, "Employee of the Year." She was an excellent nurse and professional in all aspects. Active in the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, Association of Operating Room Nurses, and Holy Cross Hospital Alumnae Association.

Member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, where she was active in several organizations and held many offices over the years. Served many years as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Catholic Women's League and enjoyed going to their annual luncheon.

Marilyn loved to have a good time and to make holidays and birthdays a special occasion for her family. She enjoyed writing rhyming poems for others on special occasions, and many people are fortunate to have these as a gift of her quick wit and humor. She took pleasure in reading, traveling, dinner parties, the Utah Symphony, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, being Irish, attending her grandchildren's activities, drives in the canyons, luncheons with her sisters, and visiting with her numerous friends, whom she considered part of her family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Arnold; children, Linda, Steve, and Nancy; grandchildren: Nathan, Jennifer, Emily, Jackelyn, Joshua, and Betsy; stepchildren: Margaret, Raymond (Eva), Roger (Rachel); step- grandchildren: Matthew, Elizabeth, Kelly, Patrick, Daniel, and Alex; sisters: Arlene (William) Erdmann, and Lilabeth (Jim) Naccarato; brother-in-law, Bengt F. Anderson; and eight nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents; brother, Howard William Southam; husband, Jack Lee Volmer; sister, Elaine Anderson; and stepdaughter Linda Kolkena Broderick.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Graydon Harker and his caring staff for the excellent medical care they provided, along with the University of Utah Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and Hospice of Utah.

At Marilyn's request, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Shriner's Hospital, Fairfax at Virginia, Salt Lake City, UT 84103, or the Cancer Wellness House, 59 So. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84120, in her memory.

A vigil service will be held September 28, 2000 at 7 p.m., a rosary will follow at 8 p.m., Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated on September 29 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. All services will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1375 Spring Lane, Holladay. Interment following at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Funeral directors, Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.

Irish Blessing

Until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.