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Marlys Callen

Marlys Callen, 89, of Webster died on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 27, 2012 at Sun Dial Manor Chapel in Bristol. Rev. Kristin Ostercamp will officiate. Inurnment will be in Webster Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Sun Dial Manor, P.O. Box 337, Bristol, SD 57219. Marlys Louise Magnus was born at Webster, South Dakota on Tuesday, August 23, 1922, she was the only child of William and Pauline (Lena) Magnus and the granddaughter of Martha Magnus, one of the areas last surviving early pioneers. She grew up in Webster and graduated from Webster High School. She lived her entire life in Webster, except for a year spent in California where she met Kenneth Callen, a soldier from Missouri stationed in Santa Monica. He went to war and she returned to South Dakota. In 1945, after the war, he returned to South Dakota and they were married on December 9, 1945, a marriage that lasted until his death in 1988. Marlys held a variety of jobs in Webster, including working at Halbkats Drug Store, the telephone company, the Webster Caf, as office assistant to Dr. William Duncan, and she sewed at Dakotah, Inc. For a number of years after the death of her husband, she served as a volunteer at the Prairie Museum. She also sewed for the St. Johns Lutheran Church quilt project. She has resided at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol for the past three years. Marlys passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Bristol, South Dakota at the age of 89 years, 5 months and 2 days. She is survived by a daughter, Paulette Callen of New York, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

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Thinking of you Paulette. So sorry to hear about your mom. From what you've said the people at Sun Dial Manor were terrific as was your friend, Gayle and the funeral folks. We're glad you had emotional support and kindness during this tough time. Lots of love from the two of us and our critters and bravo to Lily for being so good under difficult circumstances.

Carol Johnsen & Bruce Bryant Jan 29 2012 12:00 AM

Paulette, I just heard about your mother's passing. I recall many pleasant times with you and your folks. My thoughts are with you as we take another step in this Life. We wish you well. Vera Parks PS I am still on the farm--you are always welcome

vera parks Jan 28 2012 12:00 AM