Michigan has lost a true television icon. Detroit legend, Marilyn Turner has passed away at the age of 93. Marilyn was more than just a television personality; she was a cherished icon of WXYZ Channel 7 and a beloved member of the Detroit community.

For decades, Marilyn Turner graced our screens with her warmth, charm, and smile. From delivering the weather on the news to sharing the screen with her husband, John Kelly, she was a staple in living rooms around the Detroit area since the early 1970s.

Her career was marked by a unique ability to connect with viewers, making them feel like they were part of her extended family. Marilyn’s vibrant spirit and genuine kindness shone through every broadcast, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of watching her.

Although well-known for her stint as a weatherperson, Marilyn is also remembered for her time on-air with her husband doing their popular show  "Kelly & Co." which ran on Channel 7 from 1977 to 1995. Filled in front of a live audience, the couple interviewed the movers and shakers of the day from sports to entertainment and music.

"Turner and her husband, John Kelly, went from news to a prototype of what the 'Regis and Kathy' show turned out to be nationally. During 'Kelly & Company's' long run on Channel 7, they were the first stop for touring authors and entertainers and mixed in serious psych advice and sometimes just yucking it up," said John Smyntek, who as former Free Press entertainment editor covered Turner and Kelly. 

According to WXYZ, Turner returned to celebrate the station's 60th anniversary in 2008 and anchored the evening news with Kelly and station legend Bill Bonds to honor the milestone. Kelly passed away in 2016 at the age of 88. No cause of death was listed for Marilyn Turner.

Rest in peace, Marilyn. You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. Thank you for the memories, the laughter, and the love you brought into our lives.

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