Marilyn Jean Dean
January 24, 1931 – October 30, 2019
Marilyn Jean Hartell Dean, age 88, went to be with the Lord on October 30, 2019 in Sugar Land, Texas. Marilyn was born at home on January 24, 1931 in Clinton County, Missouri, to Maude Dale Hartell and Ronald Hartell, the second of five children.
Marilyn grew up on her family’s farm, and the values she learned there served her well all her life. She graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1949 and from Northwest Missouri State University in 1953 with a degree in Home Economics. Upon graduation Marilyn taught Home Economics at Rockport High School in Rockport, Missouri for 2 years. She then traveled to Bisbee, Arizona to teach at Bisbee High School. While in Arizona, she met Robert L. Dean, an officer in the Army Signal Corps at Fort Huachuca. Marilyn and Bob were married on July 13, 1957, and began life together in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Bob earned his Master’s in Chemical Engineering. Marilyn devoted herself to being a homemaker and mother.
While in Ohio, they welcomed their first daughter, Deborah, in 1959. The young family moved to New Jersey where Bob began his engineering career. While there, Linda was born in 1961, and later Diana in 1963. The family also lived in Pennsylvania and California, before settling in Sugar Land, where they raised their 3 daughters. Marilyn’s sense of adventure along with Bob’s job took them across the country several times and beyond. She loved traveling and thoroughly enjoyed their trips to Alaska, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Japan. When Bob died in 2013, they had been married 56 years.
Everyone appreciated how Marilyn poured love and life into her family and home. Every house they owned, she lovingly crafted into a special home. A gifted and versatile artist, she made everything she touched beautiful. She painted, sewed, quilted, and gardened. Everyone felt welcome in the Dean home. Marilyn volunteered for many years with the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Meals on Wheels, and as an election official for Fort Bend County. Marilyn and Bob were long-time members of First Presbyterian Church, Sugar Land where she served in numerous ways, including the Family Promise Ministry.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Dean, her parents, Ronald and Maude Hartell and her brother Ronald Dale Hartell. She is survived by her daughters and their families; Deborah (David) Whaley of Sugar Land, Linda (David) Evans of Moscow, Idaho, and Diana (John) Reed of Birmingham, Alabama. She leaves behind 9 wonderful grandchildren and 2 precious great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 3 siblings and their families; Dorothy (George) Silvius, Larry (Nancy) Hartell, Lowell (Cheryl) Hartell, sister-in-law Betty Hartell, and numerous loved nieces and nephews.
Marilyn’s family wishes to thank Touching Hearts at Home and Accredited Hospice for their excellent care and support.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on November 16th at the First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Land with a reception to follow. Reverend Fred Seay will officiate the ceremony. Tributes and /or words of condolence can be left at www.settegastkopf.com.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Land
502 Eldridge Rd
Marilyn Jean Dean
Rhonda Hartell Jones
November 8, 2019
Aunt Marilyn was one of those people God puts in your life as an encourager and challenger. She was always looking on the bright side, gave me great ideas, and pushed me to go beyond what I thought I would or could do. I loved her down-to-earth practicality: she was one of the greatest organizers I ever came across, a great fixer upper, a recycler before it was fashionable, and a wonderful cook. (I still have a bunch of her recipes!) I will miss her greatly though I will always find traces of her in the three wonderful women she raised.