Marlene Mae Town, 70, of Watford City, North Dakota, and formerly of Troy, Elgin and Weston, died March 1 at Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. As she requested, she was cremated and will be buried in Boardman.
Marlene was born Oct. 27, 1949, in Clarkston, Washington, to Elmer F. and Alma M. (Loomis) Knight. She grew up in Troy, where she attended school through the eighth grade. Her family moved to Orofino, Idaho, where she attended high school.
Marlene married Mitchell "Mike" Town on June 30, 1967, in Orofino, and together they had three children. They spent most of their young married years traveling around to different logging camps in multiple states before settling in 1976 in Boardman, where they remained for many years.
One of Marlene’s proudest moments was earning her diploma in 1975 by taking night classes. Marlene and Mike divorced in 1981 but continued to raise their children in the Boardman area until 1988, when Marlene moved to Elgin and soon after to Weston to help care for her parents.
Marlene spent almost her entire life driving a forklift in different warehouse settings, finally spending the last 28 years employed at Smith Frozen Foods in Weston. In September 2018, when she became sick, she moved to Watford City, North Dakota, to live with her daughter Katie and son-in-law Willy. Marlene fought many health battles and ultimately lost her battle with both pancreatic cancer and congenital heart failure.
Marlene was a very kind and loving person. She lived for her family and would never hesitate to be there when they needed anything. She sat through countless baseball, football, basketball and softball games along with school concerts and graduations. She loved her work family as well and spoke of them often with high regard.
Surviving relatives include her brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Christina Knight; sister-in-law, Helen Knight; children and their spouses, Mitchell "Mickey" and Gina Town of Boardman, Angela and Mark Wells of La Grande, and Katherine "Katie" and William "Willy" Sargent of Watford City, North Dakota; and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Alma Knight; brother, Danny Knight; and the father of her children, Mike Town.