Marian Wilson

1929 - 2020


September 9, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Marian Janice Wilson, 91 years old, formerly of Gas, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Iola. 

Marian was born May 30, 1929, in Mitchell, S.D., the daughter of Merrill and Helen Marie (Fuehrer) Goodsell. On Aug. 12, 1944, the Goodsell family moved to Gas. Marian graduated from Iola High School in 1946. 

On Jan. 1, 1947, Marian married Orel L. Wilson at her parents’ home in Gas. Marian and Orel always made their home in Gas. When Sears Roebuck & Company established a store in Iola in 1952, Marian began working for them and ultimately became manager of the local store.

She had a beautiful singing voice and she and her sister, Margaret Smoot, sang duets for church services and other events. Marian was the organist for her church, First Church of the Nazarene. Orel preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 2013. They were married 66 years. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Smoot. 

Survivors include Marian’s sister, Shirley Sweany, and her husband, Ray Sweany, of Mayfield, Ky.; and Marian’s niece, Debra Rae Cavitt, Paducah, Ky. 

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday in the Lone Elm Cemetery, Lone Elm. 

Memorials are suggested to the Iola Public Library or Bowlus Fine Arts Center, and may be left with Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, 1883 US Highway 54, Iola. 

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