EDINA, Minn. — Marylyn Ruth Oldham, after a courageous battle with breast cancer and acute leukemia, has gone home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She passed away peacefully on July 30, at the N.C. Little Hospice Home.

She was born Jan. 2, 1933, in Lewiston, the second of three daughters to Charles and Ruth Chase. She was educated in the Auburn public school system, graduating from Edward Little High School in 1952. She attended Westbrook Junior College in Portland and married her childhood sweetheart, Kenneth Oldham, Dec. 1, 1956.

Together they established their home in several places, moving to Bloomington, Minn., in 1984. Her God, her family, her friends and her home were the most important things in her life. She loved to cook, tend to her garden and flowers, and help those less fortunate than she. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker in the truest sense of the words. She was a longtime member of Normandale Hylands United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Kenneth; daughter, Jennifer Fennell of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; son, Thomas Kelly Oldham of Portage, Mich.; sisters, Lucille Oldham of Auburn and Beverly Romeo Taylor of Hampton, N.H.; grandchildren, Allison, Kevin and Brian Fennell of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., and Kathryn and Jennifer Oldham of Portage, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother and father; and brother-in-law, Edward Oldham.

She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.