April 26, 2023

On January 14, 1940, God brought to Marcine and Helen Diel a baby girl who brightened their lives and the life of everyone who knew her. Her light continued to shine until God said it's time for you to come back to me, so on April 20, 2023, God took her home. Marilyn Lou Diel let her light shine from the town of Burlington, Oklahoma, where she grew up, to Enid for Cosmetology School, and to marrying her high school sweetheart, Roy Samuel Schurter "Sam" on December 27, 1959.

Together Sam and Marilyn Schurters' lights shined in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and then they returned to Burlington where they started farming and a family. Together they had Warren Russell, Robin Lu and Staci Su. Marilyn kept very busy helping Sam farm and raising kids. Through the years she was involved in Country Girls, bridge playing, birthday breakfasts, many church activities, countless meal preparations, card sender, and all around "Let's do something fun" or as she would say "funzy." Marilyn loved to laugh and sing, and the speed limit sign was simply a suggestion while driving.

We are so grateful to everyone who made her life joyful the last few weeks while she was hospitalized.

Marilyn is survived by Rusty and Terza Schurter, Robi Morris, five grandkids, four great grandkids, and numerous nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

Celebration of Life Services for Marilyn will be Friday, April 28, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Driftwood Christian Church. Burial will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery near Burlington with Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas, in charge of arrangements. Viewing will be in Kiowa at the funeral home on Thursday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. with family present 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Online condolences may be made at

Memorials may be made to Cookson Hills Christian Camp through the funeral home.

Marilyn's service will be livestreamed on Face Book under Driftwood Christian Church.


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