Marilyn Rose Heaton


Marilyn Rose Heaton, 70, of Terre Haute, passed away after a long battle with a brain tumor at 1:31 p.m. on June 10, 2019 at Union Hospital with her son, Christopher Heaton, at her side. She was born on February 12, 1949, in Paris, Illinois to Dorthadine Wright Rhoden and James Kenneth (Kenny) Rhoden.
Marilyn graduated with the class of 1967 from Paris High School. After graduation, she attended Southern Illinois University on a full ride teaching scholarship, but did not finish due to her Mother's subsequent illness. On April 23, 1983, Marilyn married David Eugene Heaton. On July 21, 1987 their son, Christopher Colt David Heaton, was born.
Marilyn worked as a Labor Budget Analyst at Columbia House in Terre Haute for 31 years, from 1971 to 2002. From 1985 to 1993, Marilyn served in the United States Naval Reserve as a Second Class Petty Officer, Storekeeper. She later worked for Vigo County Homes for Children as a Youth Care Specialist and also at the Terre Haute Brewing Company. In 2005, Marilyn attended Harrison College and obtained an Associate Degree in Human Resources. Most recently, Marilyn worked as an Administrative Assistant at Indiana State University's Student Employment Programs from 2006 until her retirement in 2016.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, as well as several aunts and uncles.
Survivors include her husband, David Heaton; her son, Christopher Heaton of Terre Haute and his children, Madison and Kinley; her three stepchildren, Brian Heaton and his wife Quincy of Anderson, S.C. and their daughter, Kyle, Brent Heaton and his wife Kathy of Terre Haute and his children, Braeden and Aubree, and Barbie Hendrix and her husband Dustin of Jacksonville, Fla. and their children Keagan, Emily, Ava and Olivia; her sister, Jeanette Rhoden Kendall of Paris; and her brother, Maurice Rhoden of Richland, Ind.; as well as several cousins and nieces.
Marilyn is remembered by family for her kind-hearted, caring and giving spirit. She loved to help others, cook, sew, read books and watch movies. She had an incredible sense of humor, a contagious laugh and quick witty sarcasm that always brought smiles to those around her. Her son, Christopher, was her world. He provided and cared for his Mother in the final years of her life.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at Roselawn Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the funeral home. Marilyn will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park's Chapel of Memories. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at
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Lu Ann Reynolds
Jun 14, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. I too, knew her from ISU and even though she worked in a different department, for a short time she was located in our building. She always made time to answer questions and cheer you up. She has certainly been missed. Chris used to work for us here in the student union as well. My thoughts and payers are with Chris and the family. May God bless.
Lori Harney
Jun 12, 2019
I’m sorry about Marilyn’s passing. She was a good person and very funny. I worked with her for many years at a Columbia House. My thoughts are with you.
Rhonda Terstegge
Jun 12, 2019
I worked with Marilyn at both Columbia House and ISU. She had such a warm, kind, infectious personality. I was sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Theresa Ortega
Jun 12, 2019
I first met Marilyn when she brought her son Christopher to learn martial arts. She always had a smile, a funny story, an encouraging word. Then I was lucky enough to see her again when I worked at Columbia House, then we worked together again at Indiana State University. She never changed: that mischievous smile, the quick laugh, sarcastic wit, nothing got past Marilyn! And she had fun every day, and tried to make it fun for others. I'm very sad at her passing and I miss her so much.
I'm sending prayers, condolences and big hugs to Christopher and all the family, you are in my thoughts.
Peggy Stanley
Jun 11, 2019
Chris I am so very to hear your mother has passed. She was definitely an outstanding lady... I always enjoyed our visits when you and Derek were younger...