Marilyn Rose (Roberson) Waggoner

February 15, 2024

Marilyn Rose (Roberson) Waggoner was born May 2, 1934, in Pike County, Indiana.  She went to Heaven February 15, 2024 surrounded by her family at the Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Marilyn’s father, Stephen Dale Roberson, died when she was 3 years old.  Her mother was Addie Eloize (Ficklin) Roberson.  Marilyn was the youngest and sole survivor of her siblings:  Kathleen (Luther) Coomer, Donald (Lucille) Roberson, Clifford (Marilyn) Roberson, and Paul (Gerry) Roberson.

Her formative years were spent around Petersburg, Indiana, where the family was a part of the Twin Oaks Pilgrim Holiness Church.  Her pastor, Rev. O.W. Spencer, helped make it possible for her to go to Frankfort Pilgrim High School from which she graduated.  It was there she met and married a college student, Robert Norman Waggoner.  They married June 7, 1952 in the Pilgrim Holiness church parsonage in Rushville, Indiana.  They were blest with 2 children, Gloria Ann (Wendell) Kirkman and Norman Keith (Sharon) Waggoner.

Most of her married life was spent in Frankfort, except for a short time when the Home Missions Dept. of the Pilgrim Holiness Church sent her and Bob to Easley, South Carolina, to assist in the beginnings of the Easley Pilgrim Holiness Church.  Keith was born while they were there.  They returned to Frankfort in 1956, and for many years attended the Frankfort Church of the Bible Covenant which later became Frankfort Bible Holiness Church.  At her death, she was one of the charter members of Bethel Bible Holiness Church.  Marilyn served her church as pianist and for over 50 years was a church treasurer.

For over many years, Marilyn ran the finance and customer service components of the family’s rental/construction business.  Marilyn loved gardening, canning, and cooking.  She was also known for her love of yard ornaments and was quick to defend this love when her family joked with her about it.  She was one of the first to arrive at any event and one of the first to leave.

She was truly a wonderful person with a love and interest in her family and friends.  She was well-loved by all who knew her.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2024 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 27th at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bunnell Cemetery, Frankfort. Memorial donations may be made to the Bethel Bible Holiness Church, 1100 S. Clay St., Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

her daughter Gloria (Rev. Wendell) Kirkman of Terre Haute, IN and son N. Keith (Sharon) Waggoner of Frankfort, IN. Grandchildren N. Keith (Lori) Waggoner II, Wendell (Lisa) Kirkman II, Robert (Amanda) Waggoner, Marsena (Rev. Dwight) Hatfield, Roseann (Chris) Knew and Sharilyn "Lyn" (Eric) Boyd. Marilyn also was great grandmother of 20 and great, great grandmother of 6.

Preceded by:

her husband, Robert Norman Waggoner (Bob).


Leave your Condolences

5 Condolences for “Marilyn Rose (Roberson) Waggoner”

  1. Reed and Betty February 19, 2024 at 7:13 pm

    We had many memorable times with Marilyn. Thinking of the time we spent at camp. We are sorry we will not be able to be with you all next week, but all of you are in our prayers.
    ~Reed and Betty Cooper

  2. Karen Barnard February 20, 2024 at 10:23 am

    Our sympathy to Marilyn’s family at this time. Will be thinking of you.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Cousin Karen (Ficklin) Barnard and Gary

  3. Don and Debbie Baker February 20, 2024 at 8:33 pm

    Dear Waggoner Families,
    We are very sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. She was a special lady. She will be forever remembered by so many people. Prayers for strength in the days ahead.

  4. Travis J. Johnson February 22, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t know Bob and Marilyn. Our families have a long history; my grandparents even chaperoned their first date! Marilyn was a wonderful friend to my late mother, who passed away just a few hours after her. My thoughts and prayers are with the Waggoner and Kirkman families.

  5. Rosie (Martin) Dennis February 23, 2024 at 9:25 am

    Marilyn Waggoner, what a blessing to know her and her husband! I was always in awe that she could play the piano, and often I would sit beside her and Bob in church just to see her smile. She was a prayer warrior and an angel! They took my family in and treated us so well during my teen years. She will be missed, and I am sorry for the loss of such a dear friend and lady. Another saint is in heaven and may her prayers for her family and friends not be in vain, that we will see her again in the sweet bye and bye.

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