Obituary: Marlyn Reed Berg-Voth

Marlyn Reed Berg-Voth, 86, of El Dorado died on May 23, 2018, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.

Marlyn’s life began on June 15, 1931, in Larned, the daughter of Harry and Mildred (Warring) Reed. She is the great-granddaughter of two pioneer Pawnee County families. She graduated from Larned High School and The University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Marlyn married Donald O. Berg on Aug. 22, 1953, and he passed away in 1972. Following employment as a social worker at Larned State Hospital for 22 years, she moved to El Dorado having been hired as program director at South Central Mental Health Counseling Center. Following her employment in El Dorado, she worked as a social worker at Sedgwick County Mental Health Center and Via Christi (St. Joseph) Medical Center. In addition to her employment, she was the co-owner of Queen of Arts Gift Shoppe on Clifton Square in Wichita and a portable disco business, “King of Clubs,” out of Wichita. In the early ’80s, her interests turned to an active involvement in raising and racing horses, which took her to numerous racetracks in the Midwest. On Oct. 7, 2005, she married longtime friend, Roy H. Voth, and with him she continued her interest in the horse racing business. After a 44-year career of social work, she expanded her life of service volunteering with the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Senior Ambassadors and Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Marlyn was a member of the El Dorado First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed being part of The Bluestem Antique and Classic Car Club and loving her pets.

In addition to her husband, Roy, Marlyn is survived by his daughters Rita (Lynda) Voth of Newton, and Heidi Davison of El Dorado; step-grandchildren Lynden Voth and Kristen Davison; and her brother DuMont (Barbara) Reed of Prairie Village. She also is survived by nieces Karen Vaughan of Prairie Village, Lauren (Mark) Werner of Pittsburgh and Robin (Gary) Thies of Shawnee,.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Donald Berg. Her family gathered with friends on Friday, May 25, at the Carlson Colonial Funeral Home. Her funeral service was Saturday, May 26, at the El Dorado First Presbyterian Church led by Pastor Ruth Waite. Marlyn was laid to rest in the Larned City Cemetery at 2:30 on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or to the El Dorado First Presbyterian Church. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Marlyn at www.carlsoncolonial.com.