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September 23rd, 2023

marilyn franzMarilyn Jo Franz, 69, died Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in Stillwater, Okla. 

She was born April 15, 1953 to Gene and JoAnn “Jody” (Dowdy) Franz. 

She graduated from Liberal High School in 1971. After high school she moved to Stillwater, Okla., where she attended Oklahoma State University and was a decorated collegiate athlete. 

Through her passion for horses, she built, owned, and operated the Walking F Ranch near Stillwater from 1987 until her passing. Through the ranch she built many meaningful relationships and competed in many competitions. 

She was a woman of great faith and was a witness to all friends and family of the power of love, forgiveness, and walking in the path of Jesus. 

She loved spending time with her family, friends, animals, playing the piano, and rooting for the OSU Cowboys.

Survivors include nephew, Alex Franz and wife Shelley, and their children: Violet, Alan, Matthew and Whit; nephew, Miles Franz and wife, Ginger, and their children: Drake, Hadley and Finley; cousin, Kylie Dillon and husband Nick, and their children, Drew and Cole; uncle, Gary Franz and his family; good friend Kelsey Turner; and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alan Franz; cousin, Susan Swan; and niece, Megan Franz.

• Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 at Dighton Marler Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater, Okla. 

Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022 at the Liberal City Cemetery in Liberal, Kansas. Cowgirl attire for both services.

Memorials are suggested to the Marilyn Jo Franz Cancer Research Endowment can be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center (“Marilyn Jo Franz” in the memo) c/o Dighton Marler Funeral Home, 5106 N. Washington St., Stillwater, Oklahoma 74075. Or directly to  Click on the “Give Now” red button then select “Give in memory of…” and enter Marilyn Jo Franz.  

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