Marlene JoAnn Dykes was born in Sioux Falls, SD to Marvin and Sarah (Adrian) Buller on August 26, 1945. In her younger years, she attended school in a two room school house at Silver Lake and graduated from high school from the Freeman Academy. During this time she was set up on a blind date and found her soul mate in Dale Dykes. They were later married on September 22, 1963 at the Silver Lake Mennonite Church in rural Marion, SD. They made rural Alexandria, SD their home and that is where they welcomed four children: Marsha, Kevin, Michael and Kristi.
Marlene grew up with a strong relationship with God at a young age. Just a little over two years old, she could have been heard singing “Jesus Loves Me”, “This Little Light of Mine” and “You are my Sunshine” along with many other hymns. Marlene was dedicated, baptized and a born again Christian at Silver Lake Mennonite Church. At the time of her death, she attended Mitchell Wesleyan Church.
During her life journey with God, Marlene was involved in faith and fellowship groups, United Methodist Women, bible studies, taught Sunday school and Bible school, served on pastor-parish committees, Love Feast and coordinated blood drives.
Marlene had a special talent of not worrying about material things, and always found humor even in difficult times. Marlene had proven more than once she is a strong and courageous woman with all her life’s challenges. Marlene was an inspiration to those whose lives she touched. She was a gift from God.
Family was extremely important to Marlene and she found gratification in helping others in need. She enjoyed sewing, baking, working on the farm, scenic vacations and spending time with her grandkids. Marlene and Dale were actively involved in their families’ lives and they made sure their children and grandchildren experienced the natural wonders and beauties through camping trips “off the beaten path”.
Her work career landed her on many different paths that she found enjoyment in. These included: Freeman Café, Randall’s Café, Firesteel Nursing Home, County Fair Bakery, teacher’s aide, substitute teacher, Al’s Oasis Bakery, Adjustment Training Center and Jack’s Campers. She also took great pride doing volunteer work at Avera Brady Health and Rehab.
Gratefully sharing her life is her husband, Dale, Alexandria, SD; her children: Marsha (Phil) Schulz, Madison, SD, Kevin Dykes, Alexandria, SD, Michael (Susan) Dykes, Tea, SD, Kristi (Brian) Delahoyde, Spearfish, SD; her grandchildren: Kyle and Ashley Schulz, Ryan Schulz and fiancée, Chelsie Barnes, Collin Schulz and fiancée, Ericka Green, James Dykes, Diane Dykes, Adam Dykes, Kaylene Delahoyde, and Brayden Delahoyde; great-grandchild, Sierra Schulz; her sisters: Carol (Loren) Tschetter, Freeman, SD, Patricia (Marvin) Buller, Henderson, NE and Sandra (Lee) Kaufman, Freeman, SD; her in-laws, Jack Buell, VirJean and Donald Hadrick, Glenda Stephensen and Daniel and Vicki Dykes and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters-in-law; Wanda (Dykes) Buell and Kathy (Krebs) Dykes; and her mother and father-in-law, Nathan and Marie Dykes.