Marilyn Alice Harl was born January 24, 1936 in Waterloo, Iowa, daughter of Donald and Beth Stoakes Stevenson. She received her education in Traer where she graduated from high school in 1954. She continued her education at Drake University in Des Moines graduating with a business degree in 1958. She made her home in the Des Moines metro area where she was employed at various businesses. She married Richard Harl on January 9, 1961. Her death came on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines at the age of 77 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by one son David of Urbandale, Iowa.