The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 10, 2013

Jacquelyn Pauline "Jackie" Niel Marrs

Lawrence, Kan. — Surrounded by beloved family and friends, Jacquelyn Pauline "Jackie" Niel Marrs passed peacefully into the welcoming arms of her Maker on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Brandon Woods in Lawrence, Kan.

A warm and beautiful woman who lived for her family, loved her friends and faced her final months courageously, with spirit and faith, kindness and grace, she will be forever missed by all who knew her.

Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Carrie (Merrick) Niel; sisters, Patty Niel Barnett and Eva Niel Fullerton; and brother, Lyle Niel.

She leaves her husband, of 66 years, H. Wayne Marrs; sons, Stephen Wayne Marrs and wife, Juda Parks Marrs, of Lawrence, Kan. and Richard Niel Marrs and wife, Linda Cunningham Marrs, of Centennial, Colo.; daughters, Janet Lynn Marrs Laughead, of Wellesley, Mass. and Susan Marrs Snay and husband, Kevin Snay, of Olathe, Kan.; She also leaves her dear sister, Carolyn Niel Beckham Handley of Eugene, Ore.; sister-in-law, Camille Niel, of Carthage, Mo.; and brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Barnett of Magazine, Ark.

Grandma leaves 10 grandchildren, Zachary (Jennifer) Marrs, Matthew (Jennifer Forman) Marrs, Chelsea Marrs (Jason) Johnson, Trevor Marrs, Caitlyn Marrs, Lauren Laughead (Billy) Macaulay, Jonathan Laughead, Heather Snay, April Snay and Lindsey Snay; she also leaves six great-grandchildren, Madison, Zane and Morgan Marrs, Haven and Gracie Johnson, and Noah Laughead Corso; too numerous to mention are many nieces and nephews who will also miss the warm and engaging Aunt Jackie who took such great interest in each one of them, concerned when they were troubled and happy in their joy.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at The Smith Center at Brandon Woods, 1430 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, Kan.  Reception following.

Jackie's heart was often touched by those in need, especially children. Donations in her memory may be made to Jacks Magic Bean Fund, 185 Weston Road, Wellesley, Mass. 02482.

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