Marilyn Sue Hanson Tucker, age 76, of St. James, MO, and formerly from Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away December 12, 2021, in Rolla, MO.
She was born October 24, 1945, in Jonesboro, IL to the late James Knight and Celia (Brittain) Knight. She was also preceded in death by her first husband Douglas Hanson; three brothers, Britton Knight, James Knight and Charles Knight.
Marilyn spent her childhood in Eminence, MO. She was born into a family of boys and older parents. Three brothers were much older, a twin brother accompanied her into the world, and another arrived two years later. During her growing up years, the church was center - Sunday morning and night and youth group on Wednesday nights. Every summer, from 3rd grade through high school, she looked forward to a week at Rock Garden Christian Service.
After graduating from high school in 1963 she spent one year at Ozark Christian College at Joplin, MO.
1964-1969 were spent in Peoria, Illinois, where her older brother, Jim and family lived. She earned a secretarial degree at Mid-State College of Commerce and worked as a secretary to the train master at Rock Island Railroad. During this time, she attended a North American Convention in Detroit, MI and was reunited with the preacher and his wife who had ministered to her home church in Eminence years earlier. From that visit came the invitation to join them at a small Bible College in Huron, South Dakota. Shortly after returning to Peoria, she resigned her position at the railroad, traveled home to Eminence, MO to spend a few days with her parents before beginning the long journey alone to South Dakota.
In January of 1970, a young man named Doug Hanson came to the college. After four years in the Air Force, he had worked as an estimator for a construction company but, like Marilyn, made the decision to trade in the high paying job for the opportunity to be a part of the Lord's work. Six months later, on July 4, 1970, they were married at Marilyn's home church in Eminence. On August 22, 1972, their first son, James Allen Hanson was born.
After Doug finished his studies they moved to Pipestone, MN where they served a small church. In 1973, Doug accepted a ministry at Goldfield, Iowa. They stayed for five years with the arrival of a second son, Michael Douglas Hanson on October 4, 1974.
In 1976, Doug moved his family to Shenandoah, Iowa to head up a new church and stayed for 15 years. It was here that Doug and Marilyn were surprised with a third son - William Blaine Hanson on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1983. The church, which had it's beginning in an office building, thrived and was able to reach its goal of a permanent church building.
In 1992 they moved to Afton, Oklahoma, which would be their final ministry. Doug died of cancer just a few weeks before their youngest son, William Blaine Hanson began his senior year of high school. Doug was a well-loved and respected minister. Approximately 400 people were in attendance at his funeral in the school gymnasium.
For the next year, a lay minister stepped in to fill the pulpit while Marilyn and Bill continued to live in the parsonage. Bill graduated in the spring and in June they moved to Joplin, MO, where Bill enrolled as a freshman at Ozark Christian College. A year later, Marilyn joined the college staff as secretary in the Music Department and stayed for eight years. She made the decision to move to St. James, MO to be near her son, Michael.
On July 4, 2013, Marilyn drove to Eminence to attend, for the first time, her high school reunion. There she was reacquainted with an old friend who she had been an elementary classmate 1st through 7th grade. It had been 55 years since they had last seen each other. His name was Jerry Tucker, and he was also attending the reunion for the first time and also had lost his wife to cancer.
On October 26, 2013, Marilyn and Jerry were united in marriage at Marilyn's home church in West Eminence, MO. He brought with him three children (Ron, Darren and Tara) two grandchildren and a large family of loving brothers and sisters. It proved to be a very happy union with God at the center. Their love and appreciation for each other was evidence to family and friends.
Marilyn will be greatly missed by her surviving family which includes: her husband, Jerald Dale Tucker of St. James, MO; three sons, James Hanson and wife, Jennifer of Ft. Wayne, IN, Michael Hanson and wife, Chris of St. James, MO, and William Blaine Hanson and wife, Tera of Chicago , IL; Marlin and Shareen Knight and Frank Knight, all from Eminence, MO; the grandchildren, Julia Hanson, Jacob Hanson, Joshua Hanson, Jillian Hanson, Jeremiah (Jack) Hanson, Mallory Hanson, Trent Hanson, Rianna Hanson, Scarlett Hanson and Rohan Hanson; three stepchildren and wife, Ron Tucker and wife, Jannien of St. Peters, MO, Tara Tucker Marchello and Husband, Nick of Kansas City, MO; Darren Tucker of St. Peters, MO; and three step grandchildren, Adam and Hailey Tucker and Taylor Tucker.
Funeral Services were held at the Greentree Christian Church in Rolla, MO on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Chris Foster officiating. Each of Marilyn's sons spoke and son, William Blaine Hanson sung. Bill Selby, longtime friend, gave a memorial tribute to Marilyn. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Afton, Oklahoma on Saturday December 18, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. next to her previous husband Doug.
Arrangements were provided by Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla, MO.
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