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Obituary: Mary Regina (Mary Jean) Marnell

Mary Regina (Mary Jean) Marnell, age 90, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. A 43-year resident of Prescott, she was the daughter of George and Mary Roskob of Parsons, Kan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Verl, in 1998, and her daughter, Mary Ann Marnell George, in 2000.

A wonderful homemaker to her family of seven, Mary Jean was an active member of Sacred Heart Church and the Claret Club. She volunteered her time at the Yavapai Guidance Clinic thrift store for more than 20 years and later with the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Mary Jean was happiest when her family surrounded her. She highly valued family tradition and passed on her love for food and celebration to her children. She enjoyed and supported all the Sacred Heart Church and school activities of her children, and encouraged her three sons to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. After Verl's retirement from the Prescott Veteran's Affairs hospital in 1978, they traveled the U.S. extensively, seeing most all of the 50 states, including Hawaii. She had lots of friends and never missed an opportunity to play bridge.

Survivors include her children, George and Kathy (Rowley) Marnell of Albuquerque, N.M., Rob and Terri (Thomas) Marnell of Casper, Wyo., Jim and Jill (Fulkerson) Marnell of Prescott, and Martha Marnell of Mesa; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

There will be a Rosary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Sacred Heart Church on Fleury Avenue in Prescott. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at Sacred Heart.

Mary Jean and Verl will be reunited during a private inurnment at the Prescott National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society, 120 N. Summit Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301.

You are invited to sign Mary Jean's guest book, share a memory and view an tribute to her at www.ruffnerwakelin.com.

Information provided by survivors.

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