Janet Louise Marshall
February 16, 1947 ‒ December 05, 2020
Born February 16, 1947 in Seymour, Indiana a small, quiet, rural community of farmers, neighbors and Christians it is no surprise Jan Marshall would call the Clear Fork Valley home for her entire adult life.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years Jerry, sister, Ledell Zellers (Simon), son, Lt. Col Steven Marshall (Kathleen), Brother-In- Law Harold (Sharon) and five grandchildren: Jackson Marshall, Gavin Marshall, Ryan Marshall, Dylan Marshall and Evelyn Marshall. Jan also leaves behind two Nephews: Eric Marshall (Mansfield), Ben Zellers (Madison, Wisc.) She was preceded in death by her Mother, Louise Lodwick and her Father, Edward Lodwick.
In addition to family, who will miss Jan with all their hearts, the Lord knew Jan needed a special person to assist with the care of Jan’s physical and cognitive concerns, so he sent Essy Silva. She was a 12-hour/day, seven days a week “adopted family member” for over 2 years living every facet of Jan’s life right alongside. She too, has lost a large part of her life, and is a wonderful representative of all healthcare workers who dedicate so much of their lives in service every day. If Jan were around now she would want everyone to know how much she appreciates Essy and all of those who work on the front lines of any profession that dedicates their lives to helping others.
Jan was born into one of those professions as a teacher, and for 36 years enthusiastically gave the children in her elementary classes direction, instruction, confidence, love and a smile that was uniquely hers. Following graduation from Bay Village High School (Ohio) she attended from Muskingum College and just as in high school and graduate school (OSU) she graduated at the top of her class.
Putting that wonderful education to use, Jan began her teaching career back in Bay Village for a term awaiting Jerry’s graduation from Muskingum. Jan also served a short term as a Kindergarten teacher and tutor for the Mansfield City Schools. With the exception of those two brief diversions, she taught in the Clear Fork Valley Local Schools in both Bellville and Butler elementary schools for her entire career – over 30 years. In the final years of her teaching she served as a Title 1 reading teacher in Bellville and Butler elementary schools. To Jan Marshall, the word teacher is not a NOUN, but a VERB. It is an understatement to say she has touched hundreds of lives forever.
Since reading was her passion she not only enjoyed reading to all of her classes each year, but got a special feeling when reading to her grandchildren. She loved her teaching very much and the students loved having her as their teacher. She was frequently greeted by former students who would tell her how much they loved having her as a teacher. They would recall for her the name of books that Jan had read to them decades prior. A favorite always seemed to be A Wrinkle in Time or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, two books that alluded to the faith Jan held so dear.
Being raised in a devout Christian family provided her with many role models. She reflected that upbringing and the love of Jesus in every phase of her life. Her joys and concerns throughout life always centered on others – never on herself. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and a very active member of the Bellville Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, serving many of those years as a Deacon.
That life of service translated to her family as well. She loved helping her husband in many special school projects and events. Those included chaperoning school field trips in and out of Ohio, school dances, contests and many athletic events. After her retirement she joined Jerry’s team and crisscrossed Ohio conducting educational workshops.
When both Jan and Jerry finally retired they wanted to spend more time with their 5 grandchildren and with the ability to make that happen, chose to move closer to them in Colorado Springs. While the move away from their home of 50 years may have seemed drastic, it provided an opportunity over the past two years for her to see Steve, Kathleen and the grandkids on a regular basis. It was those visits she enjoyed the most and they always seemed to bring out that familiar smile. It is that smile and Jan’s love for others we will always remember, and we will always miss…until we see her again.
If you are inclined to make a contribution in remembrance of Jan, you may consider the Bellville Presbyterian Church, the Clear Fork Valley Foundation, Ohio Health Hospice, Solaris Hospice (Co. Springs) or Med Central’s Delay the Disease. You may also just want to contribute a grade-level reading book to the CFVLS Title 1 Reading Program.
A Celebration of Jan’s Journey of Love and Kindness will be held in Bellville at a later date.
The Marshalls are grateful to Snyder Funeral Homes and the entire community of Bellville for guidance, support and their compassion.
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