Obituary of Marie Marshall

Marie Marshall, age 95, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.  She was born July 9, 1927, in Arcadia, Kansas, the daughter of Oliver Hoover and Laura Perrin Hoover.

At the age of nine, Marie accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and faithfully served him in all aspects of her life.

Marie graduated from the Arcadia High School and began her teaching career in rural one-room schools in Crawford County, Kansas. She married Richard Dean Marshall on August 27, 1950. Marie received her BS degree in education from Pittsburg State University and taught in Jennings, Kansas; Bronaugh, Missiouri; Blue Mound, Mound City, and Prescott, Kansas where she primarily taught first and second Grades.  Marie’s teaching career spanned forty years.

Marie was a charter member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Ft. Scott.  She faithfully served by playing the piano and organ, teaching Sunday School, helping with Vacation Bible School and Awana and serving on the missions committee.

Following retirement, Marie joined the Ft. Scott Writers’ Club where she served as an officer.  During that time, she won numerous local and state awards for her poetry and short stories.  Some of her poetry was featured in local newspapers and magazines.

Marie also enjoyed singing in Community College and Community Chorus productions as well as performing with the Sweet Adelines and the 7-Ups.  Marie and Dean loved to travel on many road trips through the United States and were privileged to take trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Europe and Israel.  They were also able to spend a summer in China where they helped teach English with their son, Marcus.

Marie is survived by her two children, Diane Spencer (Darrell) of Ft. Scott and Marcus D. Marshall of Wichita, Ks; four grandchildren, Susan West (John) of Ft. Scott, Derrick Spencer (Rebecca) of Winchester, California, Darren Spencer of Ft. Scott and Christine Bailes (Charley) of Kansas City, Kansas; eight great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Brauer (Dale) of Girard, Kansas, Marcus Page (Ashley) of Ft. Scott, Andrew “A.J.” Page of Kansas City, Kansas, Eric Page of Ft. Scott, Aaron West (Janae) and Brandon West (Annyssa) Ft. Scott, Crosby Marshall Bailes and Rae Marie Bailes of Kansas City, Kansas.  Also surviving are seven great great- grandchildren; Theo, Mavarick Dean, and Macen Brauer; Carter Dean and Ellie Marie Page, Ava Marie West, Kyrii Page, and one on the way.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband of seventy years, Richard Dean Marshall who passed away on October 25, 2020.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Ralph, Eldon, and Harold Hoover and five sisters, Veretta Stump, Velma Morris, Ruth Koester, Ruby Hoover and Retha Gries.

Rev. Joel Crippen will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 4th at the First Southern Baptist Church in Ft. Scott.

Burial will follow in the U .S. National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P. M. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Ft. Scott Christian Heights Building Fund or the First Southern Baptist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P. O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

2 thoughts on “Obituary of Marie Marshall”

  1. It was with great sadness that I learned of Marie’s passing. If you did not know Marie, you missed knowing a Lady who was a true treasure. And I do mean “Lady” with a capitol “L.” She was such a sweetheart and I was truly blessed to know her (as well as Dean) for many years at First Southern Baptist Church. Marie epitomized what it meant to be a Christian: full of unconditional love, full of God’s grace, and willing to serve wherever she could advance the Kingdom of God. The world is truly a poorer place in her absence. God Bless you Marie as you join Dean, walking hand-in-hand on those Heavenly streets of gold.

  2. arlene williams-thomson----las vegas nv.------sister of ron williams in fort scott says:

    marie taught me in 2nd grade at engelvale kansas=====my family loved her so much

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