Edith Marion Zink 1939-2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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With great sadness, the family of Edith Marion Zink announces her passing from ovarian cancer on Saturday, Feb. 9, in Naples, Florida, where she maintained a winter residence. She was 79 years old.

Known to friends and loved ones as Marion, she was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Helena, Montana, to George and Julia (Smith) Mc-Donald. Marion was the eldest of their two daughters and her younger sister, May Beth, followed her birth almost four years later. Marion graduated from Beaverhead County High School in 1957 before marrying Richard Kaiser and moving to Oregon. They had five children: Deborah, Dennis, Karen, Peggy and Carolyn.

Marion spent some years living in Oregon and California with her family before returning to Dillon. There, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Western Montana College, now The University of Montana Western, and taught English, music, choir and piano for several years in both Kansas and New Jersey. When her children were grown, she was a broker for International Proteins and split her time between Parsippany, New Jersey, and Naples, Florida.

Marion moved permanently to Dillon upon her marriage to Dale Zink in 1993. The couple enjoyed camping near trout streams where they could catch their breakfast and spent much of their retirement touring the western United States with their camper trailer. Thanks to their shared love of the desert, Marion and Dale particularly enjoyed Borrego Springs, California, until they bought a condominium in Naples, Florida, where her son lives with his family. The pair wintered in Florida until she passed.

Thanks to Marion’s love of beauty and her artistic sensibilities, she was an accomplished pianist and Master Gardener. The latter accomplishment resulted in Blue Ribbon-winning flower submissions at the Beaverhead County Fair, a stunning backyard flower garden and beautification projects all over Dillon that she accomplished with Dillon Garden Club, where she served as both member and president. Marion also enjoyed needle arts and quilting.

She drew her greatest sense of accomplishment from her family and was proudest of her abundant offspring, having often proclaimed “there isn’t a dud among them.” She meticulously maintained strong relationships with each of her five children, nine grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, two stepchildren and step-grandson — no small feat when she also regularly visited them at their homes in states like Texas, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and Colorado. Thanks to her devoted investment in each of her loved ones, Marion’s family will miss her deeply, as will friends near and far who also benefited from her generosity of spirit.

Marion is survived by her husband, Dale; her five children, Deborah Neves (David) of Denton, Texas, Dennis Kaiser (Brenda) of Naples, Florida, Karen Kaiser of Dillon, Montana, Peggy Murphy (James) of Mandeville, Louisiana, Carolyn Yenesel (Joey) of Denville, New Jersey; her nine grandchildren, Shannon (Barry), Lindsey (James), Adeena (Jon), Jordan, Julia (Kevin), Erin (Aaron), Jake (Megan), James and Andrew; eight great-grandchildren, Jared, Payton, Liza, Briley, Sienna, Jacob, Julia and Grant; her stepdaughter Elizabeth (Zink) Carlin and her son, River Nichols; and her sister, May Beth Breen (John).

She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Julia McDonald, and her stepson, Michael Zink.

A celebration of life is tentatively planned for the upcoming summer. In appreciation of the exceptional care hospice provided Marion, donations to Avow can be made in her honor.

Please send checks to 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105, or make payments online at www.avowcares.org. Flowers are also welcome.