Marilyn Cross Doster, of Lookout Mountain, passed away on September 16, 2021. September 19 would have been her 91st birthday.
She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Knoxville High School. After high school, she attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she met her husband, the late Stokely Doster. Marilyn was an avid competitive swimmer, training under the direction of an individual coach to try out the Olympic team in the 800-meter freestyle. She qualified to train for the Olympics, but married Stokely instead. She was instrumental in the creation of the Fairyland Club swim team at Lookout Mountain, and she was a coach and assistant coach for many years. She was a member of the Woodland Garden Club, the Junior League of Chattanooga, and the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. Her joy and love of music have been significant throughout her life, singing in the Junior League Choristers and her church choir.
Marilyn was the daughter of the late Freeman and Jean Cross of Knoxville. Her surviving children are Dr Stokely Doster (Carolyn) of Lookout Mtn., David Doster of Lookout Mtn., Merry Lynn Cato of Nashville and Dr Freeman Doster (Corinne) of Lookout Mtn. She has ten grandchildren, Stokely Doster III (Risha), Fritz Doster (Sarah), David Doster Jr. (Mary Claire), Zachary Doster, Chase Cato, Curt Cato, Marilyn Claire Cato, Freeman Cross Doster Jr (Caroline), Reed Doster, and Stuart Doster (Chelsea). Marilyn was affectionately known as Deedee by her grandchildren and their friends who all have fond memories of vacations and family pool time with her. She has six great-grandchildren, Stokeson Doster, Collins Doster, Parker Doster, Stella Doster, Duke Doster and Presley Doster.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Forest Hills Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Baylor School or Girls’ Preparatory School.
Arrangements are made by Wann Funeral and Cremation Center, Chattanooga, TN 37409 (423) 821-7551.
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