Marilyn D. Bragg, 90, died Thursday morning, January 7, 2021 at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana, of Covid-19. She was born on a family farm near Fairmount on December 29, 1930, the daughter of the late Robert Lees and Dorothy (McCoy) Lees. She married John F. Bragg on August 6, 1950 in Upland, Indiana.
Before moving to Muncie about seven years ago, Marilyn lived most of her life in Upland. She attended school in Fairmount, Fowlerton and Upland and graduated from Jefferson Township High School. Marilyn enjoyed playing the drums in the community and school band and she loved to ice skate. Before becoming a stay-at-home mother and in-home babysitter, she worked at the Owens-Illinois Glass factory. Spending winters in Florida allowed Marilyn to visit with the families of her brother and sister whom she cherished.
Marilyn loved her family fiercely and was the keeper of family traditions from Christmas celebrations with favorite foods to backyard whiffle ball games. She nurtured and nourished children and adults with utmost efficiency and care while putting three meals on the table daily. As the chief family cheerleader, Marilyn was known to burn many of those calories by actively watching athletic events of her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include five children: Susan (Bruce) Ballinger of Bluffton; Nancy Bragg of Noblesville; Bob (Kristin) Bragg of Noblesville; Janna (Sam) Warren of Dayton, Ohio; and Mike (Angie) Bragg of Muncie; a brother: Edward Lees of New Port Richey, Florida; a sister: Shirley (Dick) McCarty of Port Richey, Florida; ten grandchildren: Lindsay (Nate) Gibson; Ben Ballinger; Kelsay (Willie) Little; Tessa Bragg; Jacob Bragg; Nicholas Bragg; Lily Warren; Anna Bragg; Clay Bragg and Lucas Bragg; and four great grandchildren: Noah Cordero; Amaelia Cordero; Xavier Little; and Alayna Little.
In addition to her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband of seventy years: John F. Bragg; and a sister-in-law: Debbie Lees.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones-Smith Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home in Upland. Services for Marilyn will be private. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Jefferson Cemetery, Upland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the John F. Bragg '52 Scholarship Fund at Taylor University.
"To the Family of Marilyn Bragg
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have so many good memories of Marilyn. We were close friends all through school and have remained so even in later life. She was a great friend and she will always have a place in my memories and in my heart.
At least she and your dad are together now.
Irma Jean Draper (Ballinger)"
"To The Bragg Family: So sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandmother so soon after the loss of your Father and Grandfather. When I think of your family, so many memories come to my mind. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. "
"Blessings for the Bragg family."
"Our Sincere Sympathy Prayers and Comforting Wishes to the entire Bragg family.
"Dear Bragg Family, Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time of losing both your Mom and Dad in such a short time. We have wonderful memories of both of them and hope your memories give you some comfort in this time of sorrow. You have our deepest sympathy and many prayers go out for all of you. Your Friends, Barb & David Hess"
"Condolences from The Jack Himelick Family."