Marilyn Puchalla

Marilyn Kay Puchalla, 74, of Arkansas City, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Hillcrest Bible Baptist Church, with social distancing guidelines in affect. The funeral service will also be livestreamed through the Hillcrest Bible Baptist Church Facebook page. Pastor Jimmy McCullough will officiate. Burial will follow in Parker Cemetery.

Friends can greet the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. A memorial has been established for Hillcrest Bible Baptist Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at

Marilyn was born Jan. 8, 1946, to Leonard L. and Elda M. (Grund) Coffey, in Fairview, Okla. She grew up attending schools in Arkansas City, where she graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1964.

Marilyn gave her heart to the Lord at the age of 30 and faithfully lived for Him the rest of her days. Marilyn was a longtime active member of the Hillcrest Bible Baptist Church, where she served on the kitchen committee for many years, helping with many church dinners, funeral dinners and various functions. She loved her local church and was a wonderful testimony and blessing to her church family.

Marilyn retired from Westar Energy in 2016. She also served as a volunteer grandma at IXL Elementary School, where she reached and loved many kindergarteners. Marilyn was an avid cook and enjoyed trying new recipes. She had a love for reading and experimenting with new gardening techniques. But most of all, Marilyn loved spending time with her family, especially doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marilyn was loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her sons, Eric Puchalla and wife, Tammy, and Clay Puchalla and wife, Lenell; sister, Regina Hadorn and husband, Les; and brother, Lennie Coffey and wife, Linda, all of Arkansas City; grandchildren, Grant and wife, Sondra, Carter, Tristen, Marshall, Liberty, Kaylynn, and Bryan; great-grandchildren, Addyson, Bentlie, and Maclynn; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends that mourn her passing.

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