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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Marilyn Lake
February 24, 1934 - January 5, 2021

Place of Birth: Walla Walla, WA
Residence: Sidney, MT
Age: 86

Marilyn Kaye Lake passed away early in the morning of January 5th, 2021 after a steep decline from dementia and heart ailments. Marilyn was born in Walla Walla, Washington to Frederik and Klaske (Spykstra) DeBoer on February 24, 1934, joining older siblings Joseph Arthur and Harriet Ann. Later, another sister, Phyllis, joined the family.
Marilyn grew up on a dairy farm near the Whitman Mission Massacre National Historical site. She started her education in a two-room schoolhouse named Valley Chapel. She was active in 4-H. She graduated from Walla Walla High School and began working at JC Penney. She graduated from Washington State University with a teaching degree in physical education. Upon graduation, she began her teaching career in Othello, WA which led to another teaching position in Sacramento, California. There she met a government radio repair specialist named Martin (Bud) Lake. Bud’s Uncle John Monger decided to retire and offered Bud his farm in Eastern Montana, a little south of the town of Lambert. Bud asked Marilyn to accompany him to Montana. As they started their journey, they stopped for the night in Reno, Nevada and decided to get married. Unbeknownst to the young couple, NBC News was filming a special on weddings. Marilyn and Martin’s wedding on July 21, 1962 would be televised nationally.
Bud and Marilyn settled into farming and raising a family near Lambert. Fredric, Steven, Ira and then later, Jeremy grew up playing basketball to avoid doing dishes after supper. In 1972, Bud and Marilyn took over the management of Lake’s Café in nearby Sidney, changing the name to M&M Café. They opened their home and welcomed two Spanish exchange students into the family; Inaki Idoate and Eduardo Serrat. Marilyn enjoyed filming all her sons playing basketball and football. Bud and Marilyn operated both the farm and restaurant until they decided to sell the farm in 1992. They continued to operate the restaurant until they sold the site and retired in 2012.
Marilyn enjoyed reading and was an ace at trivial pursuit in the literature category. She was known for her many years of baking pies and caramel rolls at the restaurant. Her smile and laugh will be remembered throughout the community.
Marilyn K. Lake was preceded in death by her parents, Frederik and Klaske DeBoer; and her brother, Joseph Arthur.
Marilyn is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Martin Lake; her four sons, Fredric (Victor), Steven, Ira (Amy) and Jeremy; her grandchildren, Martin Vaunder, Weston, Samantha, Seth, Parker, Cooper, Mackenzie, and Alexis Johnson; her sisters, Phyliss Burton and Harriet Ann Clark and numerous nieces and nephews.
It was Marilyn’s wishes to be cremated. The family is planning a memorial service to be held in the Summer as travel becomes easier.

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Dion and Diane Ligon (Poulsbo, Washington)
Jan 12, 2021
Bud, Fred, Steve, Ira, and Jeremy, and your families,
So sorry to hear about Marilyn. May your memories give you comfort. Marilyn was such a wonderful supporter of education, sports, and we teachers when I was in Lambert. I still have a couple blankets she made for my babies. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Sheree Albin (Sidney, Mt)
Jan 12, 2021
I was so sorry to read of her passing! I have fond memories of her and the Lake family when I worked at their restaurant!
Sheree(Buxbaum) Albin
Larry Vaira (Billings, Montana)
Jan 12, 2021
Sorry to hear of the passing of Marilyn. She was a sweet lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her and Bud.
Craig & Doreen (Vaira) Herbert (Glasgow , MT)
Jan 12, 2021
Bud, Fred, Steven, Ira & Jeremy, We are so sorry to read of Marilyn’s death. Take comfort in knowing that her mind and body are now free from the diseases that took them over. Marilyn always had a smile on her face and I enjoyed visiting with her and Bud when my Dad & I would go eat at the M&M cafe. No matter how sick or old they are, it is always difficult to lose a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all now and the days ahead.
Mary Prevost Dillon (Wolfpoint , Mt)
Jan 13, 2021
My love and sincere sympathy to all of your family. I have fond memories of my 4-H days — and her smile and jolly personality. Your family is in my prayers.
Theresa Backes Carda (Lambert, Montana)
Jan 13, 2021
Our sympathy to Marilyn's family, She was one of my first 4-H leaders in Lambert.
David and Lorna Heath (South Charleston, West Virginia)
Jan 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. Dementia is a brutal disease and we know how sad and difficult it can be as Lorna's aunt and uncle both had dementia.

We remember meeting Marilyn at the B&B some years ago.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ed &Maryann Klasna
Jan 13, 2021
Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. Marilyn was such a sweet, kind woman, she was a beautiful soul. All our heartfelt sympathy, thought and prayers
Violet Tharp, Eddy Vaira
Jan 13, 2021
Our prayers are with the family. We have such fond memories visiting and eating at the M&M. Eddy thought the world was coming to an end when it closed! He also remembers his kids with your kids going to Lambert.
Amy Kvaalen (Suquamish, WA)
Jan 13, 2021
Dear Bud - Fred - Steve - Ira - Jeremy and families, So sorry to read of Marilyn's passing. Wishing you all comfort and peace.
Kristy l ranch (Sidney, Montana)
Jan 14, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of your loss
She was a amazing person
I enjoy to work with them
Love Kristy l ranch
Mark and Gina Hove
Jan 15, 2021
So sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. Our condolences to the family.
Eduardo Serrat (Barcelona, Spain)
Jan 17, 2021
Tú generosidad siempre la recordaré. Gracias por todo lo que me distes sin pedir nada a cambio.

I will always remember your generosity. Thank you for everything you gave me without asking for anything in return.
Angela Armstrong Giono (Townsend, Montana)
Jan 18, 2021
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I would like to attend the memorial.
Chantel Verschoot (Richey, MT)
Jan 21, 2021
My dearest condolences of the loss of Marilyn, she was the sweetest lady and I loved talking to her. We could talk about anything and everything. I just wish I could have spent more time with her. So sorry for your family's loss.
Tammy Gilstad (New Salem, North Dakota)
Jan 21, 2021
Dear Lake Family,
I remember well the kindness Marilyn showed me as a young teacher in Lambert in 191 - 1993. My sympathy to your family as you adjust to life without your mother. I lost my mom in November 2019, so I understand your loss.

I am now retired, but often fondly remember my students in Lambert.

Tammy (Gjermundson) Gilstad
Beloved Wife & Mother
In Loving Memory
In Loving Memory
Beloved Sister & Aunt-Phyllis, Burton, Winnie Jo, John, Todd, Christiane, Lincoln, Brooke, Kayla & Kurt