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Marilyn Mae "Swede" (Lamp) Temple

January 13, 1930 — April 7, 2023

  Marilyn Mae “Swede” Lamp Temple, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on April 7, 2023, at the wonderful age of ninety-three. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 17, 2023 at Salem Lutheran Church in Ponca, Nebraska. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson, Nebraska. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home. Online condolences may be directed to 

  Prior to her passing, she was a resident of the Bridge Assisted Living Facility in Greeley, Colorado where she never missed her bingo, yoga, or church services.

  Marilyn was born on her parents’ farm near Emerson, Nebraska and lived nearly her entire life in the region. It was in Emerson that she met the love of her life, Cletus “Pete” Temple, her husband of more than 50 years who sadly preceded her in death.

  In the mid-1960’s Pete’s job with the Northeast Nebraska Rural Public District took the couple and their growing family to Ponca, Nebraska where they lived for the next fifty years until it became necessary for her to move to Colorado to be closer to her immediate family.

  Marilyn was always a very creative person whose hobbies included arts and crafts, painting, and refinishing furniture—leaving her family many pieces she had beautifully restored. Marilyn was also always very active in her church and community. She taught Sunday School and Bible School, but music was what she loved the most. She served as choir director for Salem Lutheran Church in Ponca, Nebraska for over thirty years and knew the words to just about any song you could throw at her. She was even known to have serenaded her surgeon coming out of open-heart surgery.

  She is preceded in death by her husband, Pete Temple, and her infant daughter, Lorie Lei Temple.

  She is survived by her daughter, Debra Temple Crain and her husband Brian Crain of Greeley, Colorado, her daughter, Marisa Temple Koenig, widow of Robert Koenig, of Denver, Colorado, and her son, Jay Temple and his wife Cilla of Driftwood, Texas. Marilyn is also survived by eight grandchildren: Nicole Crain Girten and husband Scott, Aaron Crain, Jared Crain and wife Cheryl, Joel Crain, Robert Koenig, Matt Koenig and wife Paula, Anneliesa Temple and Anthony Temple; and six great-grandchildren: Christian Shackley, Jaeda Shackley, Jace Shackley, Landon Crain, Haley Crain, and Liam Koenig.

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Service Schedule

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Monday, April 17, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Salem Lutheran Church

421 W 2nd St, Ponca, NE 68770

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