Carpenter, Marian Hughes
age 94, died peacefully in her sleep on April 5, 2014. An only child, Marian was raised in St. Louis, Missouri by her loving aunt and uncle. She met Chet Hughes, the love of her life, while both attended Southeastern Missouri State College. After marrying, the couple lived in East Alton Wood River, Illinois area for 25 years. Marian was dedicated to her job with the Madison County Department for Public Assistance where she worked as a Social Worker. Upon retirement they moved to Belleville, Illinois then to Naples, Florida. After her husband died, she married high school friend, Edward Carpenter and lived in Ellisville, Missouri. Upon Edward's death, Marian moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to be near her family. Marian is survived by her daughter Deborah; son-in-law, Lance; grandsons, Joshua and Nicholas and great-grandchildren Gage, Teagan and Nicholas. Marian was tirelessly committed to the disenfranchised and instilled in her family a strong sense of social justice. Marian perpetuated her love of music and its power to enthuse, motivate, soothe and heal. Sing on momma, sing on. Arrangements were entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.