J. “Marillyn” Chapin

Chapin Photo014J. “Marillyn” Chapin, 82, of Dickinson, passed away November 21, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. Marillyn was born April 22, 1933 to Albert Sr. and Julia (Witt) Henning in Evanston, Ill. She grew up on a farm in rural Iowa. She married John Chapin May 19, 1951.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brother Albert Henning, Jr., and a great granddaughter Teresa Chapin

Marillyn is survived by her four children, Pamela Chapin, Mark (Nancy) Chapin, Jeffrey (Dannette) Chapin, and Brian Chapin; seven grandchildren Stephanie (Leonard) Tolman, Thomas Chapin, Nicholas (Alexa) Chapin, Allison (Dustin) Kiss, Andrew (Lauren) Chapin, Garrett Chapin and Breanna Chapin; seven great grandchildren, Lauren and Katie Tolman, Colten, Beaudyn, Kayden and Gracyn Chapin and Kamryn Kiss; a brother David Henning; and a sister Carol Estes.  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Texas City. She was very active in the Church Ladies Guild and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League until her health failed.  Memorials should be sent to Peace Lutheran Church in Texas City, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.  Thanks to A-Med Hospice team for their help and support.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 am, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 am, Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, Dickinson, Texas. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park, Hitchcock, Texas.


  1. Sending heart felt sympathy to the entire Chapin family in the passing of Aunt Marillyn. We remember Marillyn as the ultimate host as she made everyone feel extremely welcome in her home. She is now in the hands of God and her suffering has ended. May the following words bring comfort to Pam, Mark, Jeff, Brian and the entire family;
    Remember me when the flowers bloom in spring. Remember me on sunny days in the fun that summer brings. Remember me in the fall as you walk through leaves of gold. And in the winter time, remember me in the stories that are told. But most of all, remember each day right from the start…I will be forever near, for I live within your heart. Author unknown.

    God bless and peace be with you,
    Doug and Karen Lovejoy

    Doug Lovejoy
  2. Our Love and Prayers pour out for the family of our Aunt Marillyn, what a gift of hospitality she shared with our family! All the Holiday meals and great thoughtfulness to us will never be forgotten. We share great memories with the entire family at this time, of her great love for us and her reflection of God’s glorious love for us! We rejoice in her life and the certain hope we have as fellow saints and heirs of God’s amazing grace in Christ Jesus!

    From All of Us,

    Todd, Jennifer, Matt, Sammy Grace, Joey

    Gary, Sue and Jan Henning

    Todd Henning
  3. Mrs “C”
    I am so grateful to have known you and Mr. “C”

    Brian and family, my prayers and condolences. Your mother was a very special lady and I know she will be missed by many.

    Scott Drum
  4. Pam & family:

    Marilyn was a special family friend and we always adored her. She was irreplaceable and now she and my mom are in heaven together, as they left this earth the same year! Amazing!
    She was so gracious and we loved the visits with you two and seeing you always in church.
    She will always remain in our hearts forever, as well as your dad. I remember this past summer the last time I saw her I told her: “God be with you until we meet again” and she replied and also with you!

    Love always,

    Carol, Jerry, Jeremy & Jennifer Casper & Robert Stager

    Carol Casper
  5. Always a Christmas card with a letter. Always birthday cards – with letters. Always upbeat, and always so thoughtful of others. Always the best food at her house, and always a welcome. Always so proud of her children and sharing information because she kept up with everyone! Always remembering our children and interested in others besides her own. Always fun times with Marillyn and Johnny starting when we shared a rental house while the guys were in the Army! So many meals and so many games we played, just enjoying being together. Being with them when Pam was born on Feb. 29th. Married the same year, with our first children born two months apart in the next year. So many memories.
    And now 63 years later, it is Thanksgiving Day, and we give thanks for their lives, that they were entwined with ours, and how blessed we are to have such special friends! Love and friendship that endures forever. Our love to all the family!

    Ira and Joyce Webb
  6. We will miss you sweet Aunt Marillyn ,you were a very special lady and I will always treasure our visits when you and Pam came to Arkansas to visit us ,you always made us feel so special,always smiling and listening to our stories.We will meet again someday!Praying for your family during this difficult time.We love you Aunt Marillyn!!

    Lisa Mumford
  7. Dear Pam , Brian, Andrew, Lauren, Garrett and Breanna, our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family! It is so difficult losing a dear loved one! I know in my heart Marillyn is already resting in the loving arms of her dear Lord. I only know Marillyn as a loving Christian woman who treasured her family! God bless you!
    Milton and Anna Symank

    Milton & Anna Symank
  8. I was very sad to hear of Aunt Marillyn’s passing recently. Although our paths went separate ways many years ago, my memories are fond, feeling run deep and memories of a Wonderful childhood seem like yesterday. Rest in peace and watch over all you love from Heaven. Mark, Pam, Jeff, Brian and families, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love Joel and Brenda

    Joel mumford
  9. Oh Pam, we were so very saddened to receive your letter after Christmas about your Mom. We are so very sorry. Your Mom was so delightful and we always enjoyed getting together with her and your Dad many years ago—they were always so much fun to be with! Just seems like the Ozark Airlines families were just one big happy family in Houston! We always looked forward to seeing you and your Mom; so glad you retired and was able to be there for your Mom these past few years. You two had such a beautiful Mother-Daughter bond that will never be taken away! Knowing your Mom has Eternal Life with our Lord & Savior has to bring a peace to you, but the human part of us makes us ache for our loved ones and God understands that. Please know we ache with you.
    We will be in Houston soon and will be in touch. We did let H & J know also.
    Love to you and your brothers/families. God Bless

    Earl & Betty Plotner

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