Marilyn Cantrell obituaryIn Loving Memory…

Marilyn K. Cantrell

Marilyn Kay Cantrell, 79, of Sedalia, MO, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2020, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center.

Born January 2, 1941, in Brownfield, MO, she was one of two children of Thomas Henry and Esther Ada (Watkins) Black.

On March 4, 1961, in Richland, MO, she was married to Herschel L. Cantrell.

Marilyn was a 1958 graduate of Richland High School. She earned an Associate’s degree from Southwest Baptist College, a Bachelor’s in Education from Southwest Missouri State University, and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in reading from Central Missouri State University. She taught mainly in the Cole Camp and Sedalia School Districts for 29 ½ years. Later she was an adjunct professor at State Fair Community College for eight years.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Sedalia, where she had been in charge of the greeters, served as VBS teacher, and served as Sunday School teacher and superintendent.

Her hobbies included reading, flowers, gardening, college basketball, canning and playing card games. She loved to dote on her grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Herschel, of the home; three children, Jeffrey Cantrell (Rebecca), of Windsor, Stephanie Sanders (Michael), of Lexington, and Stuart Cantrell (Heather), of Sedalia; five grandchildren, Luke Cantrell, Garrett Sanders, Jake Cantrell, Isaac Sanders and Piper Cantrell; and a great-grandson, Wyatt Cantrell.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jerry Black.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at First Baptist Church of Sedalia, with Rev. Jeremiah Greever officiating.

Casket bearers will be Luke Cantrell, Jake Cantrell, Michael Sanders, Isaac Sanders, Tracy Thomas and Monty Chase.

Honorary bearers will be Garrett Sanders and Piper Cantrell.

Burial will be in Green Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church or Heifer International, in care of Heckart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 434, Sedalia, MO 65302.


45 Responses

  1. Stephanie and family, so sorry for your loss. Praying for you as you go through this time! Nancy & Leon Richmond

  2. I’m so sorry to hear this!! Marilyn was a wonderful woman and an excellent teacher. My condolences to her family.

  3. Herschel and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Marilyn was such a wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed.
    The Dey Family
    Amy, Jordan and Logan

  4. Herschel and family:I know its a great loss for you,but Marilyn is in a better place..She struggle along time..I know how it is..God Bless you and your family..

  5. It was a pleasure to know Marilyn & Hershel at First Baptist Church of Sedalia between 1970 and 1984. My father was raised in Pulaski County in what is now Fort Leonard Wood. His neighbors and close friends were Edna and Andrew Christeson, who would later attend Fairview Baptist church at the time of Marilyn’s girlhood. I, too, grew up in the country and in a country church, so Marilyn and I had much in common. Marilyn and Hershel were faithful members of FBC, and that included attending Sunday night’s services. May our Lord and memories comfort Marilyn’s family at this time and in days to come.

  6. RIP Marilyn…I will always remember our good times together in Cole Camp. God bless you my friend.

  7. Stephanie and family, we are so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. You will certainly be in our hearts, and prayers!
    Sending our love, Lonnie, LuAnne
    Landon & Kristen

  8. Dearest Stephanie, and family,
    So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. She was such a dear lady. You are in our thoughts, and prayers.
    Sending our love,
    Lonnie & LuAnne
    Landon & Kristen

  9. So sorry to see this. May You feel Gods peace and love . I remember her smile. What a sweet lady.

  10. Herschel, Stephanie, Jeff, Stuart and family
    Marilyn will be missed by many. She was always smiling and took time to talk. She was a blessing to FBC for many years. I have many great memories of her and her family. Praying for comfort for all of you.

  11. Stuart and family,
    Thinking of u and all of her family. She was a very nice neighbor. Aaron always enjoyed dinner at her table. Many good memories !

  12. I am so sorry, I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. Love you Stephanie, my sister in Christ. Regenia

  13. Thoughts and prayers to Herschel and family. Marilyn was a great teacher. I enjoyed working with her at Cole Camp School.
    Rodney & Barbara Metscher

  14. So very saddened by your loss. She was a kind and lovely woman.
    sending prayers to Hershal , Stephanie and family.

  15. Praying for you all. She was a special lady, one of my favorite teachers. She will be missed.

  16. My sincere condolences and sympathies for you all . Mrs. Cantrell shaped and touched so many lives and I was lucky enough to be one of her students
    Wilma (Shown) Moellman

  17. Dear Herschel and family,
    Marilyn was such a sweet lady, and a wonderful teacher. She was so kind and supportive to me when I went back to college to become a teacher. I will never forget her kindness. We will all miss her. May you feel God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time of loss.
    Lisa Schoen

  18. Herschel and family, I am so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. She was a sweet and friendly woman. May you feel God’s Holy Spirit comforting you at this sad time and in the months to come. I have such good memories of you all at FBC when I was growing up. Love to your family

  19. Marilyn was such a wonderful caring person. She was teacher of mine at Heber Hunt. It was her first year in teaching, if I remember correctly, and she was one one of those teachers who always made you feel special. My sympathies to all her family.

  20. I am so sad to hear of Marilyn’s passing. I will always remember her sweet smile and warm heart. I feel blessed and honored that God allowed our paths to cross. Praying you will feel God’s loving arms of comfort and peace as you say “see you later” to your wife, mother and grandmother.

  21. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember her well. I was blessed to have her as a 5th grade teacher in Cole Camp.

  22. So sorry for your loss she was definitely an inspiration to me growing up. Such a sweet lady. I was lucky enough to have her in class!!

  23. She was my 4th grade teacher at Cole Camp. I remember not being excited about the fact that I was going to be in a 3/4 Grade combined room. It was a great year and I rembeber it fondly. I now know that she indeed was a great teacher splitting grade levels is a lot of work. She did it effortlessly.

  24. Herschel and family- So sorry for your loss. Marilyn was a wonderful lady. I have fond memories of her as a teacher in Cole Camp and my grandparents neighbor.

  25. Herschel and family, so sorry for the loss of Marilyn. When I met you all those many years ago at Datsun you made me feel very welcome. Many fond memories of your family, I know Marilyn will be missed by many friends.

  26. Cantrell Family-I am so sorry to hear about Marilyn’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. So sorry for your loss! Mrs. Cantrell was my 4th grade teacher. She made a difference in my life!

  28. Herschel and family so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. We spent several years together teaching Sunday School to third graders. Marilyn could always find a way to make things fun! She had a beautiful smile and a warm heart for others. She will be terribly missed.

  29. Hershel and your family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Marilyn. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
    Patty Caswell (Rodewald)

  30. My prayers are with your family. You were wonderful neighbors and I loved babysitting for the kids. Marilyn was so kind. My thoughts are with you.

  31. Herschel and Family: I was so shocked to learn of Marilyn’s passing as the last time we talked on phone we had so much to catch up on and she never complained or hardly mentioned her state of being. That was Marilyn. A very positive and caring person. I feel for your parting but you must remember all the wonderful memories you have and know that if you have made preparation to live with Christ you will be joined again and live eternally with Him. All our sympathy and love is with you today. Love and prayers, Henry and Mabel Addison.

  32. Herschel and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. Marilyn was a wonderful, caring person that touched so many lives. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  33. Marilyn’s family my heart goes out to you for your loss. May you feel God’s comfort and His love. I believe He wanted to end her uncomfortableness. I’ll always remember the enjoyable times E.D. and I shared with them at different church functions. She always knew when to listen to children and answer all their questions. What a talent. We loved her and will miss her a great deal. Love to you all. From all my family. Pat Adkins

  34. My love and prayers to your family. Marilyn was a wonderful caring and loving person.
    She will be missed by many.

  35. My sincere condolences to Herschel and his family during this time. May the Lord comfort and hold you close to Him at this time~

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