QUINCY – Marilyn Y. Cole, 76, of Quincy died at 8:40 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 9, 2012) at Blessing Hospital.
Born Aug. 2, 1936, in Paris, Mo., she was the daughter of Lester Hopkins "Hop" and Vivian Irene Levings Williamson. She married Richard "Dick" Cole on June 16, 1956, in Hannibal, Mo. He survives.
She was a member of The Crossing Church and Grace Whipple Chapter Order Eastern Star No. 312. Marilyn served as Past Worthy Matron several times and was a Past Grand Representative of Rhode Island, Past Grand Esther and Instructor Emeritus of OES. She was also Past Mother Advisor to Rainbow Girls and held the Grand Cross of Color.
She enjoyed playing bingo, doing genealogy, going to the boat, league bowling and shooting archery. Marilyn was devoted to her family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Marilyn was a sales person for Sears for over 30 years until her retirement. She was then employed as a secretary/bookkeeper for Niekamp Trucking for over 18 years.
Survivors include her husband, Dick; two daughters, Marla Smith of Bloomington and Terri Bringer (Rodney) of Durham, Mo.; one son, Richard A. Cole (Sandy) of Tolono; nine grandchildren, Miranda Frank (Nikk), Melissa Abell (Shane), Scott Smith (Shannon), James Nickell (Amanda), Aaron Cole, Andrea Cole, Adam Bringer, Morgan Bringer and Ryan Cole; and seven great-grandchildren, Macy Frank, James Matthew Nickell, Lucas Frank, Peyton Abell, Levi Nickell, Blake Frank and Mea Nickell.
Also surviving are three sisters, Marjorie Gottman (Raymond) of Monroe City, Mo., Marsha Threlkeld (Sidney) of Paris, Mo., and Laura Gibbs (Terry) of Monroe City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Vera Schwener of Quincy; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Myrna Kaye Williamson.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate the life of Marilyn Cole will be held from 2 until 5 p.m. Saturday at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. Grace Whipple Chapter OES No. 312 will conduct Star services at 2 p.m.
Private inurnment will take place in Quincy Memorial Park at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Blessing Cancer Center or to OES Scholarship Fund.