Marilynn Ahlin, longtime resident of Vashon Island, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 23, 2017. Marilynn was born on Nov. 16, 1935 to Evelyn and Warren Malott of Sumner and was the great-granddaughter of Sumner pioneers. Following her graduation from Sumner High School she attended WSU.
She married Ronald Voiles in 1955
and had two daughters, Laurie (Akehurst)
and Jacqueline (Wilson). Following the death of Ronald Voiles she married Arne Ahlin and moved to Burton in 1970. She was a longtime member of Vashon Island Community Church and ran Wee Bit of Ireland Bed and Breakfast for many years. Her friends and family remember her beautiful gardens, her wonderful cooking, and her gracious hospitality to everyone she encountered. Every year we gathered for the annual 4th of July party with front row seats to our annual spectacular fireworks display. Marilynn spent much of the last 20 years dividing her time between her Vashon home, Israel, and Ireland. She had a great love for Israel and the Jewish people. During her time in Israel she wrote Journey into Zion. Marilynn was devoted to her family and she is survived by her daughters, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
We will celebrate her life at a memorial service at 1:00 on June 7th at Lighthouse Christian Center, 3409 23rd St. S.W., Puyallup.