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Memories of Marnie Stark

continued from "Friends and family remember domestic violence victim"
Article Date: 
1 November, 2012 - 17:35

**Hailey Kilburn Jones (cousin):
Marnie meant so much to me.  So many wonderful memories: her beautiful smile; her heart-felt giggles, giggles that came from her toes up; her one-of-a kind hugs, I always knew how much she loved me when she gave me one.  She wasn't just my cousin I was very close with, but my friend also.  All the fun Christmas Eves together as a family are great memories.  She was my protector growing up.  She was ALWAYS there when I needed her most; it's like she could sense that.  When my husband lost his job, she was the first one to my house to see how she could help.  She was so caring, loving, and giving.  I look back on her life and realize all the effort she put in to stay close and to know what was going on in our families’ lives.  She cared so much for everyone's well being.  I want to live my life by her example.  She had such a way of letting you know and feel how important you were to her and how much she loved you.  I see now how important it is to let people know how you feel about them.  You can't wait for tomorrow; do it today.  Marnie did that.  I never questioned what I meant to her.  Whether it was with words or deeds, I just knew how much I meant to her and how much she loved me.  She meant the world to me.  I love her with all my heart! She was kind and caring.  She loved unconditionally.  She always made you feel special.  She had a one-of-a-kind smile that truly did light up the room.  Her hugs were the kind of hugs that got you through until the next time you saw her again.  Most importantly, she was BEAUTIFUL inside and out.  She was always a protector and loved fiercely those closest to her.  Our Marn was just so special, she touched so many lives. She was an angel here on Earth to our family, and now she is our sweet angel in Heaven. 
**Shadd Preece (friend):
His first memories with Marn are going swimming together at Como as little kids and having the best time.  From then on they were close their whole lives. He says that no matter when or what, they tried to help each other through tough times when they called on each other. It didn't ever matter if the other one was going through a tough time also, if he called her or she called him, they were there for each other. She was always there for him.
**Misty Kilburn Wiese (cousin):
I remember a phone conversation I had with Marnie not too long after I had just found out that I was going to have my oldest son.  My husband and I were not planning on starting a family quite so soon and I was scared and felt so unprepared to be a mother just yet. I had expressed my concerns and uncertainties to Marnie and I will never forget the words she spoke to me, nor will I ever forget the feelings of love I felt from her that day.  My fears disappeared because of her reassuring words and I gained the confidence and peace I needed to be the mother that she believed I could be.   I remember that in the months anxiously awaiting the arrival of my son, when worries or doubt would sometimes creep into my mind, I often recalled our ever-so-sweet conversation and I drew strength from her love and her words.  But most importantly, I drew strength from her unwavering faith she had in me. We had lots of heart-to-hearts over the years, but this one is by far my most cherished one!
I will forever be grateful for Marnie’s sweet spirit and I will miss that beautiful smile.  I am grateful for the knowledge that I know I will see her again and look forward to the day when I can feel those loving arms surround me once more. Until then, our last hug will have to carry me through.  With all my love, Misty
** Kaden Wiese (family member):
About a week ago, our family lost a sweet loving person who was dear to all of us, and holds a special place in our hearts, Marnie Franich Stark. This has been one of the hardest weeks I've experienced, and I'm sure I can speak for the rest of my family as well. I think it has brought us closer as a family.  I just wish it could be under different and better circumstances. There have been many tears, laughter and sorrow shared between us as we have been trying to get through this and grasp it all. I didn't know Marnie very well, but she is still my family, and I have been mourning with and trying to support my family every step of the way. I had the honor and opportunity to accompany my mom and aunt Hailey on my guitar, in a musical number just for her little boy Shea at her funeral on Friday. I also had the great honor of being a pallbearer for her casket, along with my grandpa Thayne Kilburn, my dad Scott Wiese, her ex-husband Bob Stark, and her brothers Michael Warner and Torrey Franich. I'm grateful for my family and the belief we have to know that there is life after death and that we will get to see Marnie again. We will always love you Marnie!
**Bonnie Carter Mecham (friend):
When we were in high school, we went to one of the old Haunted Houses that they used to have in the old abandoned warehouses on Wall Avenue. This one just happened to be a maze and there were a couple of people in the maze who were following Marnie through the maze and trying to trap her in it. Being the strong-willed person that she was, she pushed through one of the plywood walls knocking it down to get out. Funny thing was is that she was right at the exit to the maze. She was so mad because in the process of going through the wall, she ripped her favorite pair of pants.  But instead of staying mad, she starting thinking about what cute patch she could patch them with. We laughed about that all the way home and the sound of her laughter could brighten any one’s day!! I will miss hearing that sound.
**Rachele Herbert (friend):
I always will remember making snow angels together.  Every time I make a snow angel or see one, I will think of you, Marn.  I love you.
**Darcie Packard Harris (friend):
I remember how cool Marnie always was.  We hung out in the back parking lot at school and her hair was always perfect.  I remember loading up a car full of girls and going to Pineview to hang out.  We would laugh and joke and sing “Baby Got Back.”  Later in life, I also got to see what a great mother she was and how she took care of everyone.  She was a beautiful girl with a big heart and lots of love to give. 
**Misty Jo Wright (friend):
She had a magnetic personality that always drew people near to her and a smile that could light up any room.  She had a wild side and loved adventure, yet she had a heart so full of love.  She would do anything for her friends and family.