Marilyn Henrich, age 90 of Newell, IA, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Newell Good Samaritan Society in Newell. Marilyn Alice Westcott was born on February 11, 1930, to parents William and Alice (Dahm) Westcott in Nemaha, IA.
Marilyn attended grade school and high school at Delaware Township School in Nemaha and graduated with the Class of 1947. She was a fierce basketball player and helped the team take it all the way to state in 1946. After graduating high school, Marilyn attended AIB in Des Moines where she played AAU basketball for two years. She was elected captain of her team during her second year. She and her team played in the National AAU Tournament in St. Joseph, MO, both years she attended and she worked for the Girls Athletic Union both years as well.
On September 22, 1949, Marilyn married Edwin Henrich at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, IA. This union was blessed with seven children: Tom, Susan, Mike, Sally, Cindy, James, and Sara. They raised their family on a farm near Newell where she and Ed remained until retiring and moving to town in 2001. In the mid-1970’s Ed and Marilyn opened The Villager restaurant in Sac City where Marilyn worked for almost twenty years. She was always very well known for her delicious pies and warm hospitality.
Marilyn was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sac City. Both she and Ed were very active in sports throughout their lifetimes playing basketball, softball, bowling, and golf. She was an avid quilter who loved getting together to quilt with her friends. They named themselves the “Stitch Bitchers Quilt Club” and had a lot of fun over the years. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Tom Henrich of Storm Lake, IA, Mike Henrich of Newell, IA, Sally Henrich of Omaha, NE, Cindy Henrich (Alan Gibson) of St. Louis Park, MN, James (Stacy) Henrich of Ankeny, IA, and Sara Eben of Greeley, CO; grandchildren: Steven (Sarah) Seehusen, Christopher (Meghann) Henrich, Tracey (Mike) Fogarty, Jace (Mandy) Henrich, Carlie (Christopher) Weidner, Heather (Phil) Smith, Payton (Steven) Fox, Cheyenne, Benjamin, Reilly and Chance Eben; great-grandchildren: Andrew, Gabriel and Lydia Seehusen, Nova Lyn and Axel Fogarty, Hannah Henrich, Isla Weidner, Quinn and Decker Smith; brother Jerry (Pat) Westcott; sisters-in-law Teresa Westcott, Frances Westcott, Bernice (Bris) Skiles; many extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Henrich; daughter Susan Henrich-Eakins; daughter-in-law Barbara Henrich; parents Cecil and Alice Westcott; brothers Richard “Dick” Westcott and Robert Westcott; and special aunt Agnes Latta.