Marlys A. (Flanders) Chapman

Nov 28, 2019
Chapman, Marlys Crop




A private family inurnment will take place at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo     


Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Richard E. Flanders Memorial Scholarship Fund, at Grand Valley State University Anthropology Department in Allendale, Michigan.


Marlys Chapman, 86, of Traer, formerly of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, died Thusday, November 28, 2019 at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer.

She was born November 29, 1932, in Waterloo, the daughter of Leonard and Frances Horn. She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1951.

Marlys married Dr. Richard Flanders in 1956; he preceded her in death in 1989. She then married Roger A. Chapman in June 2001; he died February 4, 2019. She was a homemaker. She also transcribed medical records.

She is survived by two sons, Chris (Susan) Flanders of Riverside‚ CA, and Dave (Jackie) Flanders of Hudsonville‚ MI; and two grandchildren, Kevin and Claire Flanders.

Marlys was preceded in death by her parents and husbands.

Marlys loved music, books, crossword puzzles, movies and Broadway. She played organ, and was a chorus singer in community theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She enjoyed travel and visited many U.S. cities and attractions.

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  1. Geoff and Liz | Dec 04, 2019
    Dave, Chris, and your families,  The Amble family will keep good memories forever, of your mom and dad. They were our parent’s  best friends and we shared many good times together and have forever lasting memories, of our time spent together. R.I.P, Marlys. 
  2. L. Margo Arnold | Dec 03, 2019
    God-Speed, dear Marlys
  3. L. Margo Arnold | Dec 03, 2019

    Chris, Dave, and families,

    My condolences to the family and everyone who knew, Marlys. She was always very generous in allowing all manner of young people over to wreck-havoc in the pool every summer. What a rare beauty she was in so many ways; she will be thought of fondly and missed often by many.

    All 6 siblings in my family attended GVSU, and 3 of us (John, Vicki, and I) had Doc Flanders as an Anthropology Professor. He was an an exemplary and dedicated Anthropologist and a staunch advocate for his all of his students. He taught me more than Anthropological Osteology; he taught me how to be a successful first-generation college student and even had my work cited in the American Journal of Anthropology. I owe him a great deal as a teacher, mentor, and friend. 

    Without Marlys taking care of the home front none of that would have been possible. She gave Doc the time to devote the attention needed to be so focused on his field of expertise and his students. It is not easy to be a wife, a mother, a homemaker, tutor, chauffeur, housekeeper, laundress, baby watcher, shopper, activities-coordinator, and cheerleader for an entire family of males. 

    Thank you, Marlys, I appreciate all you did for so many,

     rest in a well-deserved peace.

    Margo Arnold M.A. Literacy Studies, Vicki Morris J.Dr., John Rustemeyer P.H.D. Psych

    "Second star to the right and straight on til morning!"


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