Marilyn Rowley Jackman was born on May 4, 1939 to Lorin Hans Rowley and Frances Terry Rowley. She is the eldest of 6 daughters. Her parents and sister Janice Parkin have preceded her in death. Her surviving sisters are Anita (Lyman) Fisher, Annette (Dee) McMillan, Kathy (Clark) Smith, Geniel (Larry) Childs.
In 1958 Marilyn met her tall, dark and handsome man of her dreams Bryce Albert Jackman. They were married February 12, 1959. Bryce preceded her in death on November 30, 2020. They gave life, love and a rich legacy to 8 children, all of whom are living: Sharlene (William) Arthur, Jill (Lee) Bumgardner, Bryce Jr. (Becky), Lorin (Kolleen), Mark (Penny), James (Janae), Marilee (Rob) LeTerneau, Michelle (Shad) Douglas. Their posterity now includes 33 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren with 3 on the way.
Marilyn loves music, theatre and people. She has an unconditional love for everyone she meets. Her home was always open to the lonely, weary and downtrodden. She was a thrill seeker, loving the exciting things life has to offer. Her life was full of sacrifice and love. She loves the babies, always wanting another one. She has looked forward to every grand and great grand baby. Her love of music and the performing arts motivated her to join community theatre and encourage any child with a hint of musical talent. She worked in the office for the Colorado Children’s Chorale for many years so 5 of her children could participate in the Chorale. Marilyn and Bryce taught ballroom and swing dance classes in their early marriage. Her love of dance continued throughout her life. She shared her creative talents through homemade Halloween costumes, roadshow productions, school performances, teaching the maypole and performing the Mary Story (Monologue of Mary the mother of Christ).
As soon as their youngest graduated from high school, Marilyn and Bryce began their years of missionary service together, accepting calls to serve a proselyting mission in Herning Denmark, a temple mission in the Stockholm Sweden Temple and a CES mission in Copenhagen Denmark. They loved every place they served and developed friendships that continue to this day. Bryce knew Danish from his mission to Denmark as a young man, Marilyn was determined to learn the language so she could share the gospel with the people in Denmark in their native tongue. While on their first mission together she worked hard, attended language classes and was successfully able to communicate in Danish. Returning to Denmark in 2022 she was still able to communicate with friends in Danish. Their missionary journals are also filled with all the love and fun they had with the missionaries they served with. Those were truly some of her joyous years. She loved loving others!
Upon returning home, her life was filled with service in the Denver Colorado Temple, meeting friends old and new and welcoming spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren into her growing circle of love.
One of Marilyn’s hardest trials came upon losing her greatest love, Bryce, over two years ago. She never missed a chance to point out his picture to all who came into her home. Her greatest desire was to join him. While serving in the Denver Colorado Temple on Thursday February 16, 2023, Marilyn suffered a heart attack that started her on her journey back to him. Her spirit left this mortal life on Saturday February 18, 2023. While we grieve our loss, we rejoice in their reunion!
A Funeral service for Marilyn will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4195 Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126. A viewing will be held at the Church on Saturday from 9:00am-10:30am. For those not able to attend, the service will be live-streamed. Please follow this link: https://bxcited.com/marilyn-rowley-jackman/
Burial will be at 10:00am on Monday, February 27, 2023 at The Golden City Cemetery, 755 Ulysses Street, Golden, Colorado 80401
Family and friends are invited to share memories of Marilyn and condolences with her family by sharing on the adjoining tribute wall. Thank you.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
9:00 - 10:30am (Mountain (no DST) time)
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Starts at 11:00am (Mountain (no DST) time)