Marilyn Sharon Gideon, 73, of Hannibal, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at her home.

Marilyn Sharon Gideon, 73, of Hannibal, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at her home.

A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Randy Drish will officiate. 

Friends and family are invited to Marilyn's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 3 p.m. until the time of services Monday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Marilyn was born March 11, 1944, in Newark, N.J., to Joe Wolk and Sylvia Rosenthal.

Survivors include two children, Bill Gideon (Christie) of Bermuda and Lisa Walden of Hannibal; two brothers, David Wolk and Bob Rosenthal; one sister, Eileen Segal; six grandchildren, Heather Quisenberry (Jake), Jessica Tallman (Jimmy), Devon Thomas, Bailey Gideon, Bowen Gideon and Carlan Gideon; and four great-grandchildren, Brynna, Felix, Owen and Michael. Also surviving are Marilyn’s nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; and her special friend, Jeanne Gottman.

Early in her professional career Marilyn worked at Lee Optical and then Duffen’s Optical, both of Hannibal, but soon after Marilyn’s passion for animals of all kinds directed her professional career. Many will remember Marilyn working at Frankie’s Pet Shop in Hannibal and later for many years in the office of the Dr. Mears Veterinary Clinic in Hannibal. Marilyn later joined the staff of the Northeast Missouri Humane Society, where she worked for over 15 years.

Marilyn had a passion for animals of all kinds and throughout life with her family had pets that ranged from cats and dogs to parrots and ferrets to spider monkeys and even a baby skunk.  Marilyn also enjoyed time on the Mississippi River with her family. Whether boating or fishing or simply enjoying the sandbar, Marilyn and her family shared many lazy days on the river. 

Marilyn also loved to play bingo with friends and family and would travel near and far to play.  She liked to play games of all kinds, with Yahtzee and card games being her favorites. A fan of games shows and anything on the Animal Planet Channel, Marilyn enjoyed watching TV at times. Over the years Marilyn was a member of a CB Club in the area and some will remember her radio handle, “Big Bubbles.” 

A talented singer herself, Marilyn loved to sing. She shared her gift with her family and enjoyed listening to the music of Elvis Presley and Connie Francis, to name a few. 

A passionate, fun-loving and caring person, Marilyn cherished her family and friends. Marilyn had a “heart of gold” and simply enjoyed spending time with those she loved most.

Marilyn was a Christian by faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northeast Missouri Humane Society.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com