Marilyn Ledbetter, 75, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 8:07 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017, at the home.

Marilyn Ledbetter, 75, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 8:07 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017, at the home. 

Friends and family are invited to Marilyn's Life Celebration at a memorial visitation that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo.

Marilyn was born Aug. 6, 1941, in Hannibal, Mo., to Shelton Riggs and Helen Lucille Closser Cunningham.

She was married to William Joseph Ledbetter on Jan. 2, 1959, in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include two children, William "Billy" Joseph Ledbetter (Myk) of St. Louis, Mo., and Lisa Otten (Howard) of Hannibal, Mo.; one daughter-in-law, Ethel Ledbetter of Hannibal, Mo.; one stepdaughter, Donna Shaw (David) of Hannibal, Mo.; one stepson, William Knopp Jr. (Sheila) of Arizona; one sister, Carol Ann Dudding of Hannibal, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Ledbetter; one daughter, Ellen Sue Ledbetter; one brother, Sonny Cunningham; and the love of her life, William Knopp.

Marilyn worked at Independent Services for 38 years, retiring in 2003. She was the first female hired as a laborer there.

She loved to travel, had a ball gambling, especially playing slot machines. She was an avid reader. Romance novels and westerns were her favorite genres. Camping was one of her favorite passtimes, along with yard sales. She delighted in board games, especially Scrabble. In a nutshell, Marilyn loved her life.

Marilyn loved her family and cherished her time with them, enjoying weekly dinners with her children, grandchildren and family members.

She will always be remembered for her sassy attitude, strong will, her independence and her loyalty to her family. Not to imply that if you were family, that you were off the hook. If she was upset or mad at you, family included, you knew it! That being said, she was a very loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

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