Marilyn (Farrington) Noble passed away at her home on April 4, 2022. She was born February 16, 1924, in Parsons, Kansas to Don and Retha (Mollenhour) Farrington. Her parents later divorced. Marilyn graduated from Chetopa Kansas High School in 1942. Marilyn began nursing training at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, then later transferred to Fort Scott. While in nursing training, she decided to obtain her teaching certificate instead and began her teaching career in 1947, in Chetopa, Kansas. She later received her bachelors, Masters and EdS degrees from Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University.
Marilyn married William F. (Bill) Noble on June 1, 1947, at the First United Methodist Church in Chetopa. He preceded her in death on February 28, 1992. Surviving are daughters, Anne Lynne Beth of Fort Scott, and Mary Jane Crain of Pittsburg. Grandchildren, Amy (Beth) Hixon and husband David, and Justin Noble Crain and wife Emily. Five great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Addison, Blake, Colton, and Cade. Also surviving are two nephews, Don A. Farrington, and Kip Farrington.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Don G. Farrington and wife Frankie (Hill) Farrington. Two sons-in-law, Alec Beth on April 26, 2017, and Dennis Crain on December 9, 2020.
In 1965 the family moved to Pittsburg, where she began teaching in the Pittsburg Community Schools, at Washington Elementary. She transferred to George Nettels Elementary where she retired from 1989. Marilyn and Bill purchased American Concrete Co., Inc., in 1971, where Marilyn was Secretary of the company until they retired in 1989.
During retirement Marilyn and Bill thoroughly enjoyed traveling in their motorhome.
Marilyn was involved in many civic, philanthropic, and educational organizations in retirement, including American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program, Progressive Study Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, Five Mary’s Circle, PEO, KNEA, Mirza Nobels, Daughters of the Nile. Marilyn worked over 1,000 hours as a Mount Carmel Auxiliary Pink Lady. Membership was held at the First United Methodist Church.
The family would like to thank Marilyn’s caregivers, Janice Allison, Renee Lomax, and Glenda Madl. They provided her with exceptional care the past three years.
Graveside services will be Friday, April 8th, at 11:00 am, at the Highland Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 7th, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Brenner Mortuary. where friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Thursday to sign the register book. In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorial contributions to the Marilyn F. Noble Education Scholarship Endowment at the USD 250 Foundation. These may be left or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.
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