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Marlys Faye Rodman was born April 20, 1934 to Louis and Ida (Passage) Karnopp in Webster, South Dakota. She grew up in East Hanson on a farm and attended Pride School through the 5th grade. Her family moved to Groton in 1945 where she continued her schooling, graduating in 1952. Marlys moved to California where she met Allen Soukup and they were married in 1955. Allen died in 1965. She later married Verlyn (Jack) Rodman and became a mother to his young son, Douglas. Marlys returned to South Dakota to be with her family after 45 years in California.
She was active in the United Methodist Church throughout her life, serving on many committees, teaching Sunday School, was church office secretary and held various church board positions.
Marlys enjoyed various vocations throughout her life. She was Assistant Art Director for Merle Norman Cosmetics, Managed a Senior Community Village and co-owned a nation wide moving company. Her interests were her family, church, friends, traveling, reading, music and nature.
Marlys passed away December 7, 2018 at Groton Care and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 84. She requested no services be held.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Allen, two brothers, Kenneth and Wallace and her sister, Arlene (Walter) Boehmer.
She is survived by her son, Douglas of California, three nephews, Rodney Boehmer of Groton, Robert (Shelley) Boehmer of Pierre, Louis Karnopp of Antioch, California, her niece Barbara Ann (Hector) Orana of Texas, grand-nieces Crystal (Tyson) Lindekugel of Pierre, Lacey (Nicholas) Hogan of Sioux Falls, Bethany Karnopp of California and grand-nephews, Ben Karnopp of California, Jordan Nolan of Arizona and Jason Cook of San Diego, California.