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Marilyn Ann Dickens

Marilyn Ann Dickens Marilyn Ann (Stadel) Dickens, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2019 at her residence at Brookdale Shawnee in Shawnee, Kansas at the age of 76. Born on May 12, 1942 at the Park View Hospital in Manhattan to Delbert and Jeanne (Kemnitz) Stadel. She grew up in the Manhattan/Ogden area on the family farm and was very active in school and the Be-Busy 4-H Club.

Marilyn graduated from Manhattan High School in 1960 and remained in the area nearly her entire life. After High School, she married Jerry Reese of Manhattan and together they had 3 sons; Bruce, Scott and Brian. In 1981 she married Robert Dickens of Manhattan and welcomed two daughters into her life and family, Colleen and Karalee. She was an active member of the community with organizations including DBSA, NAMI, ATA Bus, American Legion Auxiliary, RCPD CIT program, her church, Boy Scouts and pretty much any activity her children were involved in. Besides raising her children, the majority of her career was with the City of Manhattan where she worked for 25 years, retiring in 2004 as Human Resource Coordinator.

Marilyn had a contagious smile and huge heart and was known to many as the "mother of City Hall". She lived her life finding ways to always do what was right and help others in need. She loved opening her home to family and friends, with lots of food and laughter; especially around the holidays. Marilyn had a passion for antique tin doll houses from her childhood and acquired a large collection with enough furniture to complete them all. She also enjoyed arts and crafts and her flower gardens.

Survivors include her mother, Jeanne Stadel of Abilene, KS; her brother Lee (Linda) Stadel of Hope, KS; her sister Jacque (Mike) Farley of Tescott, KS; her children: Colleen (Lucky) Castetter of Wichita, KS; Karalee (Scott) Ridder of Olsburg, KS; Scott Reese of Grand Prairie, TX; and Brian (Joe) Reese of Pleasant Hill, MO. Nine grandchildren: Scott Ridder, Holly Ridder, Heather Morgan, Brittany Foster, Steven Ridder, Steve Berklund, Brent Perry, Brooke Perry, Brandon Perry, Serenity Reese and Zoe Reese; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other family. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Dickens, son Bruce Reese, and father Delbert Stadel.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Friday, April 5 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 6th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with her niece Reverend Rhonda Robbins officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Alzheimer's Association or Trinity Baptist Church of Wamego, KS. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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