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Marilyn Jean Powell, of Green Castle, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The second daughter of William H. "Bud" Smith and Bernice (Clemons) Smith; both preceded her in death. She was born January 22, 1951 in Virginia, Illinois. On March 4, 1972, she married Gary L. Powell in Novinger, Missouri.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, of the home, her daughters, Hayley (Larry) Newman of Kirksville, Heather (Brad) Kincanon of Green Castle and two grandchildren, Braleigh Kincanon and Lucas Newman. She is also survived by her two sisters, Judi (Dale) Snyder of Kirksville and Sherre (Russell) Snyder of Green Castle, one brother-in-law, Charles "Eddie" (Linda) Powell of Novinger and one sister-in-law, Clara McMann of Kahoka. Additionally, she is survived by a bonus daughter, Crystal Lee of Kirksville and several nieces and nephews. Marilyn's family was her most prized possession.
Other loved ones preceding Marilyn include a granddaughter, Hannah Lynn Kincanon, her brother-in-law, Billie McMann and mother-in-law, Lucille Powell Baker and father-in-law, Clarence Powell.
Marilyn graduated with the Green City Class of 1969 and began working at the Adair County Nursing Home, later known as Twin Pines Adult Care Center, where she started in medical records and worked her way through many departments within the facility. With tenacious spirit and motivation, she eventually became the Assistant Administrator and in 1987, took the helm as Administrator where she led the nursing home until 2001. She then was the Residential Care Facility Administrator at Preferred Family Healthcare until 2013 when she retired to enjoy life with her family.
Marilyn, also known as Mini to her family and a few close friends, was an extraordinary cook and baker. She rarely missed preparing a Sunday dinner in her kitchen. Her family looked forward to sharing the meal and conversation and the comfort of just being home together. She loved her garden and canning. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandbabies. She looked forward to Braleigh spending summers at their house. Lucas was a great surprise and she enjoyed all the preparation and planning for his arrival a year ago and enjoyed many of his first year milestones. Grandpa and Grandma enjoyed their retirement tremendously because of the grandbabies. They kept busy with Braleigh and various activities they enjoyed together - BINGO, Yahtzee, shopping trips, Mule rides -spontaneity was the name of the game. She rarely missed a ballgame where Braleigh was on the roster. Mini will always be remembered for having an open door to many of the girls' friends, neighborhood kids and extended family members. Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas were extra special because of Mini! She very much enjoyed making Christmas candy for those very special to her and her family. Lest we forget her funny little quips, sayings and phrases she had a way of throwing out in any situation - guaranteed to illicit humor or blushing...or both.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 24, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Green City, with visitation at the funeral home on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Burial will be in the Green Castle Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gene Novinger, Dub Peavler, Mike Sanders, Brek Snyder, Greg Snyder, and Rustin Snyder.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Green Castle Cemetery Association, an organization very dear to Marilyn.