Help Marlene w/ her Cancer Expenses

$11,640 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 22 months
Shaley Scott
on behalf of Shirley M Pedersen
 FORT COLLINS, CO
It was a nice summer, just like any other summer....filled with laughs, gardening, and time spent at the boat up at Horsetooth Reservoir. No one was prepared OR ready for what was about to happen. 

        After a few minor symptoms, Marlene went to the hospital as a precaution--to get checked out. Honestly, I think we all thought she had an ulcer. It seemed the most likely. I remember feeling fairly calm, and thinking to myself, "There's no way this is anything too serious." However, on June 28, 2016 the unthinkable happened--our mom was diagnosed with stomach cancer. That word CANCER. What a horrible word. I remember thinking, "How could this be?....There's just no way." Mom was supposed to be invinsible. The initial news sank in a bit, and then we set off to find out the details, stage, and prognosis.
     
            After many weeks of testing, we were finally told that the cancer is Stage 4.  Our hearts sank.  It is the news that NO family ever wants to hear. It is the worst kind of news. It is hard to describe that moment we were told those words. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
   
        However, if you know Marlene Pedersen, then you know she is a strong woman, and strong in her faith. She is one of the most kind and giving people you will ever meet. She is quirky, she makes us laugh, she is a hardworker, a loyal employee and friend, and she would do anything for anyone in need. She is one of the good ones. There is only one Marlene "Weenie" Pedersen.

        That being said, we are going to fight this thing! Marlene is determined to beat the odds, and has a very humbling attitude. I cannot explain how incredible she has been, and so very strong. It is amazing, and only proves what an astonishing woman she truly is. We are so lucky to have her in our lives.
   
          She is starting chemotherapy here in Colorado, but is also heading to Phoenix, Arizona--to the Mayo Clinic. There, she will get a second opinion, talk about other possible options, as well as discuss clinical trials. It is going to be a long road ahead, this we know.
We are not going to give up.
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      Your donations will help ease the stress, burden, and pain that goes along with this atrocious disease. Both Marlene and Jim are not currently working...and there are multiple medical bills, plane flights, hotels, and other costs associated with a major illness. We want to be able to put Marlene in a place of hope, and in a position to really fight this cancer--any way she can. Even $5.00 helps. We appreciate any donations, your prayers, your postivity, and would love for you to share this campaign with anyone you can. 

       From our family to yours--peace and love be with you.
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Obituary:

Mrs. Shirley Marlene Pedersen
Nov 1, 1955 - May 6, 2017

Shirley "Marlene" Pedersen passed away on May 6, at home, surrounded by family, at age 61. She was born on November 1, 1955 in Ogallala, NE; she was the youngest daughter, and one of six kids.
In 1956 her family moved to Fairplay, Colorado, before settling in Fort Collins, CO in 1966. Marlene went to O'Dea Elementary, Lesher and Blevins Junior High, the original Fort Collins High School, and was part of the first ever graduating class of Rocky Mountain High School.

She started working at King Soopers/Kroger in 1974, and became a loyal and beloved employee for the company for 40 years. She married Fort Collins native and fellow classmate Jim Pedersen, in 1975. The couple were married for 41 years and had 3 children together.

Marlene had an amazing outlook on life, loved people, and was strong in her faith. Her hobbies included gardening, camping, boating (especially up at Horsetooth Reservoir) and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Calvin W. Schulz.

She is survived by: husband, Jim Pedersen; children, Melanie Tuin (spouse, Andrew Tuin), Laura Pedersen, Derek Pedersen (spouse, Shannon Pedersen); mother, Jean Schulz; siblings, Mary Ann Adams, Nancy von Stein, Connie Woodruff, David Schulz, and Dale Schulz; grandchildren, Violet Tuin and Akela Pedersen.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, May 20 at River of Life Fellowship Church, 3161 County Road 62E Wellington, CO 80549, with a lunch reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, Marlene requested any donations be sent to Zion Lutheran Church 8322 Second Street P.O. Box 417 Wellington, Colorado 80549.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook and leave a personal note to the family at www.allnutt.com

"Peace and light"
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Memorial Service

MAY 20 11:00 AM
River of Life Fellowship Church
3161 County Road 62E
Wellington, CO, US, 80549
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Update:
Marlene's memorial service will be on Saturday, May 20th.
We will have more of the details soon....
Peace and light.
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Update:
It is with the DEEPEST sadness, that we relay the news that mom passed away last night, surrounded by dad and all of us kids.
We are so very heart broken, as you can imagine. She was the most giving and caring person I've ever known--and taught us all a lesson about strength and handling life with grace. She faught so very hard, and never felt sorry for herself. I will never be half the woman that she was.
We will let everyone know about the memorial service soon.
Love you forever and ever, Marlene Pedersen--you were simply amazing. The world will not be the same.
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Update:
It is with much regret that I report that my mom has come home from the hospital, and will have hospice care. There is nothing more anyone can do, except make mom comfortable--and, have her live out her last days with family at the home she loves.
We ask that you please call or text if you want to visit, as it may not always be a good time. We ask that you respect our need to be alone at times, and mom's need to rest, or not have visitors if she is not doing well. She has been such a fighter, and has taught me so much in this journey. She is strong in her faith, and it's what comforts her....she is leaning on god's strength every day. This is the most difficult time in all of my family's life--so prayers and good thoughts are needed.
Thanks everyone, for your support. Hug the ones you love, and be thankful for them every day.
❤️
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Lori Malara Peterson
13 months ago

I am so sorry to hear this!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs!!!

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Stephanie Pedersen Whitton
13 months ago

There are no words....just know we are praying for all of your family. We love you....Steph & George

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Amber Phipps
13 months ago

There are no words to express the feelings right now. My heart goes out to you all. I love you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Amber Phipps
15 months ago

That is amazing news!!! Best news I have heard in a long time! So happy for all of you! Continuing to pray for you all, much love!

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Sue Wright-Wilcox
16 months ago

So sorry to hear this news. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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Kaye Hester
16 months ago

So sorry to hear about your illness, Marlene. I am praying for you and your family. Kaye

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Sue Wright-Wilcox
16 months ago

OH! So sorry to hear of all the complications. Prayers and good vibes for Marlene and her family.

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Amber Phipps
16 months ago

you are all in my nightly prayers! good luck, I hope everything goes well!

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Stephanie Pedersen Whitton
17 months ago

That is awesome news!!! We continue to pray for you, Marlene! You are an inspiration with faith and healing! Hugs to the whole fam!! Steph & George

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Vicky Rumley
17 months ago

Wonderful news!!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!

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Jena McGarrahan
19 months ago

This is amazing news! Woo hoo!!!

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Amber Phipps
19 months ago

That is amazing news! So glad to hear it! I will continue to pray for you daily!

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Stephanie Pedersen Whitton
19 months ago

Such amazingly good news!! So very happy for you, Marlene, and your entire family. Keep up the fight and we'll keep up the prayers! Know it's doing the trick!! Hugs to you all!!!

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Mariella Lasaitis
22 months ago

God bless you Marlene...had no idea this was happening and and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way !

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Lori Malara Peterson
13 months ago

I am so sorry to hear this!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs!!!

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Stephanie Pedersen Whitton
13 months ago

There are no words....just know we are praying for all of your family. We love you....Steph & George

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Amber Phipps
13 months ago

There are no words to express the feelings right now. My heart goes out to you all. I love you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Amber Phipps
15 months ago

That is amazing news!!! Best news I have heard in a long time! So happy for all of you! Continuing to pray for you all, much love!

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Sue Wright-Wilcox
16 months ago

So sorry to hear this news. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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Kaye Hester
16 months ago

So sorry to hear about your illness, Marlene. I am praying for you and your family. Kaye

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Sue Wright-Wilcox
16 months ago

OH! So sorry to hear of all the complications. Prayers and good vibes for Marlene and her family.

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Amber Phipps
16 months ago

you are all in my nightly prayers! good luck, I hope everything goes well!

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Stephanie Pedersen Whitton
17 months ago

That is awesome news!!! We continue to pray for you, Marlene! You are an inspiration with faith and healing! Hugs to the whole fam!! Steph & George

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Vicky Rumley
17 months ago

Wonderful news!!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!

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Jena McGarrahan
19 months ago

This is amazing news! Woo hoo!!!

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Amber Phipps
19 months ago

That is amazing news! So glad to hear it! I will continue to pray for you daily!

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Stephanie Pedersen Whitton
19 months ago

Such amazingly good news!! So very happy for you, Marlene, and your entire family. Keep up the fight and we'll keep up the prayers! Know it's doing the trick!! Hugs to you all!!!

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Mariella Lasaitis
22 months ago

God bless you Marlene...had no idea this was happening and and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way !

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