Obituary: Dorothy E. Dowell Marshall, 94, of Hannibal

Dorothy Marshall
Posted: Jan. 2, 2019 5:30 pm

Dorothy E. Dowell Marshall, 94, of Hannibal, passed away at 2:48 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at Luther Manor Nursing Center in Hannibal. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Roy Shuck will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Dorothy's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Dorothy was born July 9, 1924, in Whiteside to Daniel Alan and Pearl Eugene Sanderson Cohea.

She was married to Clark Surls Sr. He preceded her in death. She remarried to John W. Dowell, who also preceded her in death. Dorothy later married Robert Marshall. He preceded her in death. 

Survivors include two sons, Gary J. Dowell (Maria) of Hannibal and Paul A. Surls (Melva) of Belton; four grandchildren, Brandon Surls, John Paul Surls, Christina Geiger (Rob) and Ryan Dowell (Bretta); and several great-grandchildren. Also surviving are special nephews, Wayne Shuck, Gerald Shuck, John Shuck and Roy Shuck, and a special niece, Sharon Huston, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her three husbands; one son, Clark B. Surls, Jr.; and seven brothers and sisters.

Professionally, Dorothy worked at the Bluff City Shoe Factory as a bookkeeper. She also worked as a bookkeeper at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

She loved dancing and attended all the senior citizen dances at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. Dorothy took pleasure in knitting and crocheting. She helped on the family farm and liked to tend to her garden.

Dorothy enjoyed reading her Bible. She attended the First Church of the Nazarene.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hannibal Nutrition Center.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Surls, John Surls, Ryan Dowell, Mark Cohea, Chuck Huston and Caleb Surls.

Honorary pallbearers will be Christina Geiger, Rob Geiger, Wayne Shuck, Gerald Shuck, John Shuck and Roy Shuck.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at


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