Marilyn Packer, longtime Delta County resident, died March 6, 2017, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. She was 83.
She was born June 22, 1933, to Herman and Deverne (Bradley) Pieper in Chicago, Ill. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from Lakeview High School.
She married Davey Packer.
Ms. Packer owned The Wild Goose Chase Quilt Gallery with locations in Evanston, Ill., and downtown Chicago, and eventually in Hotchkiss and Crawford.
She was a painter. She exhibited her work throughout the Chicago area and in the Art Sales and Rental Gallery at The Art Institute of Chicago. She was on the Evanston Art Center board and exhibition committee.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking, yoga, classical and bluegrass music and travel. She was a member of Servas, an international hosting organization.
She is survived by her sons, Robin Packer, Aron Packer and Jonas Packer; sister, Brenda Karr; grandchildren, Jane and Julia Packer; several nieces and nephews; and her life partner, Cecil Fasick.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Donald "Buddy" and Danny Pieper; and her sister, Florence "Tootsie" Howard.
Services will be a part of a group memorial service at Horizons Health Care Center March 30 at 3 p.m. A personal memorial will be held for her at a later date in Chicago.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.