Marilyn Joan Briles, the daughter of James Albert and Ruth May (Marhon) Sharp was born June 28, 1936 in Osceola, Iowa. She passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 at Corning Specialty Care at the age of 82 years.
As a teenager she played on a traveling softball team, playing in Atlantic, Greenfield, Shenandoah, Clarinda, and many other neighboring towns. Marilyn also had a need for speed, racing go-karts and drag racing. She graduated from Creston High School with the class of 1953. She then went on to get her certification in nursing. In 1955, Marilyn married Richard Jessen. Three children would bless this marriage: Colleen, Rick, and Gary. The two would later divorce. Marilyn later married Jim Briles.
Marilyn began her career at Greater Community Hospital in Creston working in the OB department and then as a surgical nurse. In 1976, she would move to Corning and work at Rosary Hospital in the surgery department during the night and would drive a school bus during the day. She would later work as a home healthcare nurse for many people until she could no longer take care of herself.
She was very involved with Girl Scouts for many years, where she was a Brownie and scout leader. Marilyn spent many nights with her troops in the Girl Scout cabin at McKinley Lake. Her biggest joy was her family and friends as they were always welcome in her home for a hand of cards and a cup of coffee. She had a love for cooking and canning, that she passed on to her family and friends.
Left to cherish Marilyn’s memory are her children: Colleen Schieffer and husband Scott of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Rick Jessen and wife Jana of Corning, Iowa; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sisters: Hazel Nixon of Waukon, Iowa, and Sheryl Paul and husband Steve of Waukon, Iowa. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Marilyn in death were her parents; brothers: James, Lyle, and Raymond Sharp; son Gary Jessen and husband Jim Briles.