Marilyn Landers-Lowell died Friday, March 29, 2019 in Gibson City, Illinois. In hospice care for months prior to her death, she died peacefully in her sleep. Private family services were held. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Gertrude Hutchcraft, two brothers, Noble Hutchcraft and Omar Hutchcraft, and sister, Darlene Wiedenheft. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Payson Lowell, of Overland Park, Kansas; her first husband, Edward Landers, of Spring Hill, Kansas; their sons, David Landers (Mary) of Greensboro, North Carolina and John Landers, of central Missouri; her brothers, Noel Hutchcraft (Carol) of Gibson City, Illinois and Sidney Hutchcraft (Mary) of Winter Garden, Florida; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Born in rural Ford County, Illinois near Gibson City on February 28, 1937, Marilyn was one of six children. She married Edward Landers after meeting on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. She subsequently taught high school English in Charleston, Illinois and Spring Hill, Kansas. Following a rewarding teaching career, she began a second career in higher education development, first at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and then serving as Director of Development at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. She was a member of the national board of directors for Delta Zeta sorority and served other civic organizations. Upon her retirement from the University of Central Missouri, she served as a development consultant to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. In 2003, she married Payson Lowell of Overland Park, Kansas. In later years they traveled regularly with visits to Belize, Mexico, France, Italy, and Germany, as well as her beloved destinations of Sanibel Island, Florida, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Mackinac Island, Michigan. She was a member of Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene prior to her move to Illinois in 2017. Memorial gifts may be directed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111 To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marilyn Landers-Lowell, please visit our floral store.
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