Marilyn Ann Horner

Marilyn Ann Horner

December 11, 1934 – April 30, 2023

Marilyn Ann Horner (Herbes) passed away on April 30, 2023 at the age of 88.  Marilyn was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years (Walt) and her son-in-law Carey McGarvey.  Marilyn is survived by sons Robert, Richard (Susan), daughter Joanna McGarvey, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She was born December 11, 1934 to Mary & Anthony Herbes in Omaha, Nebraska.

She was a proud graduate of Central High School and continued to meet with a group of classmates monthly for lunches up until the end.  She also graduated from University of Omaha (now known as University of Nebraska Omaha) where she joined the Gamma Delta chapter of Alpha Xi Delta.  Her affiliation with the sorority was a lifelong passion; she continued her involvement by serving in both local and national positions, eventually attending 26 national conventions over the years.  She also traveled around the country and world with her husband over the past several decades.

Anyone who knew Marilyn would tell you she had an amazing ability to recall names, dates, and places.  She was a prolific reader and crossword puzzle guru, which probably added to her wealth of trivia knowledge.  While she never had the opportunity to display these skills on Jeopardy, she probably would have done well.

A visitation will be held Friday, May 5, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Ralston, followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in her name to either Alpha Xi Delta Foundation, Messiah Lutheran Church, or the Nebraska Humane Society.



  • Jo Margritz Posted May 1, 2023 6:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Marilyn was a wonderfu; woman and always remembered everyone. She thought the world of her family. May God Bless you all during these stressful times.

  • Lee Meyners Posted May 1, 2023 7:45 pm

    Marilyn, Growing up, you lived right around the corner from me. We played together as children. You picked on me a lot as I remember. . We double dated as teen agers . High School graduation came and we went our separate ways exploring what life had to offer. You chose well and later married a wonderful guy. We stayed in touch all ours lives. The reunions were the best. Now, hate to see a grown man cry but can’t help it, “. Now memories are what we have. What a fabulous family you have. I want to put my arms around each of them and share our love for her. My Condolences to her entire family and friends. She is with Walt and our Father, has a smile on her face and hasn’t stop talking since she got there. .

  • Art & Earlene Knox Posted May 2, 2023 2:35 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. We will miss her-especially at Rotary events. She was a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Robert Murray Posted May 3, 2023 1:03 pm

    Marilyn was an amazing lady who did so much for so many. A great loss. Sending my deepest sympathy…

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