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April 15, 1947 ~ September 13, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Marilyn Louise (Terry) Bernal, 76, was called to her heavenly home on September 13, 2023, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, after battling cancer for three years. She was born to Clarence Walter Terry and Eva Faye (Truelock) Terry on April 15, 1947, in Lubbock, Texas, where she was raised with her brother, Robert Lee Terry. She attended school in Abernathy, Texas until 1966. After high school, she began her adult life raising her two sons, Mark Walter and Todd Matthew Williams, while maintaining a nurturing, Christian home.
After her children became adults, she ventured into the workforce, becoming a Bus Driver for the Oklahoma City and Mid-Del school systems. She loved her career as a Driver because of the children, the activities, and her fellow Bus Drivers. She never turned down a route putting many miles behind her. During her tenure driving buses, she was awarded numerous accolades for outstanding support. Marilyn would go the extra mile, doing things like enrolling in school to learn sign language so she could better communicate with her grandson and special needs students.
When Marilyn was not working (and especially after retirement), she loved spending her time with family and great-grandchildren. Even though her greats would give her a run on the wild side, they brought so much joy into her life. She loved outdoor adventures, mainly fishing. As a matter of fact, her idea of a romantic date was teaching her husband Louie how to fish. Those two would sit side-by-side for hours on end, fishing together.
When she was not knee-deep in a pond, you’d likely find her in her kitchen, making whatever treat you might be craving that day. Besides cooking, she loved to read. She read so many books, it would be easier to name the ones she hasn’t read. Marilyn enjoyed being crafty, making keepsakes for her family and friends. For hours, she would cross stitch or hand-embroider a piece to give as a gift or memento. Marilyn loved to teach and share her passions with others.
Marilyn will be missed, each day, but we will find comfort knowing that she is at peace.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Eva Terry, her son, Todd Matthew Williams, and her son’s father, Harold Gene Williams.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Louie Bernal Jr.; son Mark Walter Williams; her brother, Robert Lee Terry; five grandchildren, Victoria (Matt) Wells, Trevor R.W. Williams, Raymond Williams, Jared Williams, and Joshua Williams; great-grandchildren Vivyan, Beverly, and Andrew; and stepchildren Amanda Bernal, Tona Wagoner, and Tom Bernal.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Life Springs Hospice.