Marilyn Heaton


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Marilyn Rose Heaton, 70, of Terre Haute, Ind., passed away after a long battle with a brain tumor at 1:31 p.m. June 10, 2019, at Union Hospital, with her son, Christopher Heaton, at her side.

A funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Roselawn Funeral Home. Burial follows in Roselawn Memorial Park’s Chapel of Memories. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Heaton was born Feb. 12, 1949, at Paris, the daughter of the late Dorthadine Wright Rhoden and James Kenneth “Kenny” Rhoden. On April 23, 1983, She married David Eugene Heaton April 23, 1983, and he survives. Their son, Christopher Colt David Heaton, was born July 21, 1987.

Other survivors include her son, Christopher Heaton of Terre Haute and his children, Madison and Kinley; three stepchildren, Brian (Quincy) Heaton of Anderson, S.C., and their daughter, Kyle, Brent (Kathy) Heaton of Terre Haute and his children, Braeden and Aubree and Barbie (Dustin) Hendrix of Jacksonville, Fla., and their children Keagan, Emily, Ava and Olivia; her sister, Jeanette Rhoden Kendall of Paris; her brother, Maurice Rhoden of Richland, Ind.; and several cousins and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as several aunts and uncles.

Mrs. Heaton graduated with the class of 1967 from Paris High School. After graduation, she attended Southern Illinois University on a full ride teaching scholarship, but did not finish due to her mother's subsequent illness. She worked as a labor budget analyst at Columbia House in Terre Haute for 31 years, from 1971 - 2002. She later worked for Vigo County Homes for Children as a youth care specialist and also at the Terre Haute Brewing Company.

In 2005, she attended Harrison College and obtained an Associate Degree in Human Resources. Most recently, she worked as an administrative assistant at Indiana State University's Student Employment Programs from 2006 until her retirement in 2016. 

Mrs. Heaton served in the United States Naval Reserve as a Second Class Petty Officer, Storekeeper, from 1985-1993.

She is remembered by her family for her kind-hearted, caring and giving spirit. She loved to help others, cook, sew, read books and watch movies. She had an incredible sense of humor, a contagious laugh and quick witty sarcasm that always brought smiles to those around her. Her son, Christopher, was her world. He provided and cared for his mother in the final years of her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association.

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