Von Elda Jean Marshall, 91 years old, died Dec. 7, 2013 at her home in Benton, Ark.
Born to Swedish parents, Charles Otto and Agnes Rydell Johnson, on Oct. 12, 1922, in Kackley, Kan., she was the seventh of eight children. She graduated from Scandia High School (the Home of the Flying Swedes) in 1940, after which she and her friend, Scrappy Nylund, drove Route 66 to Los Angeles, Calif., where she worked as a secretary in the shipyards and for Dun & Bradstreet during World War II.
After returning home from California, she and Lyle Marshall were married in Scandia, Kan., on Feb. 1, 1947. In 1950, they moved to Benton, Ark., where they raised nine children.
Jean was a homemaker for many years before she worked as a secretary in the Saline County Extension offices from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s and later as a copy editor for the Benton Courier (now The Saline Courier) where she retired. She was honored as Mother of the Year in 1963 by the Benton Junior High PTA and again in 1978 by the Benton Courier.
Throughout her life she also spent many hours volunteering in the community. She was an active member of the Saline County Extension Homemakers where she served a term as Council President, a member of the Sharon Extension Homemakers and as a volunteer for Saline Memorial Auxiliary.
Jean was a dedicated member of Zion Lutheran Church of Avilla where she participated in the Lutheran Womenâ€™s Missionary League and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church Choir.
She was a tireless baker and was perhaps best known for her Swedish coffee rings, cream cheese Danish, breads and cakes which she would generously provide for anyone. Many couples remember the wedding cakes she made and decorated for their weddings.
She is survived by five daughters and four sons: Beth Lane of Benton, her husband Lloyd and children Nathan and Kristin; Jan Hurliman of Fayetteville, her husband John and children Lesha and Angie; Charles Marshall of Hot Springs, his wife Paulette and children Michael, Cameron and Rebecca; Ben Marshall of Benton, his wife Sonja and children Wade and Deana; Elsa Peeler of Benton, her husband Jimmy Paul and children Chace, Ryan, Sarah and Scott; Kyle Marshall of Roland, his wife Brenda and children Tifany, Britany, Lindsay and Shelly; Mona Totten of Benton, her husband Billy and son Shane; Tim Marshall of Benton and daughter Mary Katherine; and Lana Bragg of Benton, her husband Mel and children Joey, Mike and Bart.
She is also survived by 27 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sister, Mildred Stanford; her brother, Jarl Johnson (Barbara); and sisters-in-law, Norma Lee Johnson and Virginia Lee Marshall Nylund. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years; her parents; her brothers, Lewis, Glenn, Maurice and Chet Johnson; a sister, Elsa LeSage; and a grandson, Lance Gaines.
Her capacity for love truly had no limits and so she is both survived by and preceded in death by countless friends who were touched by her and who were embraced by her as family.
Funeral service will be held at at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Zion Lutheran Church of Avilla, 300 Avilla East, Alexander. The Rev. Michael Schleider will officiate.
A luncheon will be provided at 11 a.m. by the ladies of the church for the family, the congregation and for guests attending the services.Â
Her grandsons, Nathan Richmond, Wade Marshall, Chace Peeler, Ryan Peeler, Scott Peeler and Joey Bragg will serve as pallbearers. Bart Bragg, Mike Bragg, Cameron Marshall and Michael Marshall will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11.