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Marlyn Gloyne Orahood

Marlyn Gloyne Orahood was born March 10, 1937, to Walter and Della (Emerson) Gloyne. She was the oldest of three children. Marlyn married Wesley Orahood March 28, 1958, after knowing him for five months and five days. Marlyn left to be with Wesley on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, 41 days after Wesley blazed the trail for their next chapter.

Marlyn was raised on the family ranch west of Harlem, Mont. She graduated from Harlem High School in 1955. In the fall of 1957 Marlyn's teaching career began at the Prairie Union School in southern Phillips County. Marlyn taught school in Phillips County for 28 years, retiring in 1990.

Marlyn and Wesley had four children, Ludell, Lynne, Lori and Jim, whom they raised at the ranch on Tallow Creek.

Marlyn and Wesley had many adventures along the way. In the early 1960s, as well as ranching, they also raced chariots and chuckwagons with her dad and brother John. In 1963, Marlyn won a relay race from Hinsdale to Saco, Mont. In 64 years of marriage, they missed very few country dances at First Creek Hall. During the 70s they were regular participants in the Milk River Wagon Train.

Marlyn spent her summers and weekends haying, farming and ranching. Winters were spent teaching until 1990 when she moved to the ranch full time. In 2005 she and Wesley moved to Malta, Mont.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Wesley; parents Walter and Della; brother John; grandson Casey Brewer; and son-in-law Wayne Shipp.

Marlyn is survived by her sister, Karen Bryant; children Ludell (Bobby) Heaton, Lynne (Donny) Brewer, Lori Shipp and Jim (Kelly) Orahood; grandchildren Paul (Laura) Heaton, JayDee (Nick) Lindeen, Drew (April) Brewer, Wyatt Shipp, Joe Shipp, Erika Hanson (Alex Frye), Della Shipp, Jessie Orahood, Frankie Orahood, Billie Orahood, Georgia Orahood and Derek Peigneux; great-grandchildren Wylee, Kabreena, Westen, Walt, Elyse, Grant, Chloe, Avery, Wesley and Everett; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.

A memorial service was held at Wilderness Funeral Home, in Malta, on Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. Reception followed the service at the VFW in Malta.


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