Marilyn Smith
Marilyn Smith

Marilyn (Rabine) Smith, 74, of Rochester, died on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her family and a dear friend.

She was born on April 24, 1943. She grew up in Dexter.

She graduated from Elkton High School and went on for a nursing diploma at St. Barnabas Nursing School in Minneapolis. She received a bachelor of science in nursing from St. Theresa's in Winona and a master of science in counselor education from Winona State University.

She started her career as a nurse at Spring Valley Hospital in Spring Valley. She later decided to open a ceramic shop with her sister in Stewartville. Marilyn then began a 25-year career with Mayo Clinic as an educator in the Department of Patient Education. She then became a learning and development consultant in the Office of Leadership & Organizational Development at Mayo Clinic. Marilyn may be best known for creating and facilitating Mayo Clinic's New Employee Orientation for which she became published.

She also spent many hours volunteering with several organizations. Some of her volunteer work included being an EMT with the Grand Meadow ambulance crew, a facilitator with the Critical Incidence Stress Management Team of southeast Minnesota, a mentor for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) and a volunteer for Gift of Life Transplant House and the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

She loved spending time with her four grandchildren and was excited about her new great-grandson. She also loved scrapbooking and reading. She and her husband, Gary, liked to travel, being fortunate to have taken many overseas trips. They enjoyed taking day trips, stopping at flea markets and antique stores along the way. She also loved her trips up north to Half Moon Trail with family and to Lutsen with the yayas.

She is survived by her husband, Gary; her two children, Mike (Jill) Smith of Grand Meadow and Heidi (Michael) Dieter of Rochester; grandsons, Stefan (Kate) Smith of Edina and Killian Smith of Phoenix; great-grandson, Everett Smith; granddaughters, Mikaela and Emily Dieter and her sister, Lynette (Curt) Utpadel of Sun City West, Ariz.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Christ Community Church in Rochester.

Memorials may be sent to Mayo Clinic Hospice, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Christ Community Church (please state in memo line "Raising Moms memorial gift"), or a charity of choice.