Marilyn Frazier Bell was born Marilyn Jane Frazier to parents Dorris and Bernice Frazier at her grandparents' home in Richmond; August 4th, 1932. Her father, a teacher, taught in several small towns in Missouri before they moved to Jefferson City when she was in the 6th grade. She attended Moreau Heights Elementary School, and earned the Citizenship award that year. She graduated Jefferson City High School and later attended the University of Missouri where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Chosen by Walt Disney, she was crowned University of Missouri's Savitar Queen in 1954. After graduating from MU, she married Huston Bell, of Marshall, Missouri. Her work experiences included a job associated with the Peabody Museum in Boston, Mass., and she taught elementary school in Sacramento, Calif.
In 1963, her son, Frazier, was born in Phoenix, Ariz. They moved to Dallas, Texas, and later she and Frazier moved to Marshall in 1975. She worked at the Murrell Library for a few years, was an avid reader and loved books and the library.
She is survived by her son, Frazier Bell of Mission Hills, Kan., and his wife Buckie, one granddaughter, Haley, and two step-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Andy; her sister, Jackie Robertson of Malta Bend, two nieces, Dana Alexander and Julie Allen; one nephew, Monte Robertson; her great-aunt, Rae Paarfus of Richmond, Va.; and an uncle and aunt, Harold and Marge Frazier of Urbana, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. William W. Harlow will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to the Marshall Public Library.
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