Age 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 19, 2012 at her Lewes, DE residence, surrounded by her family. She was a Beebe baby born on June 16, 1930, daughter of her beloved parents, the late Dr. Ervin "Stammy" Stambaugh and Margaret Rhodes Stambaugh.
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She was a graduate of Lewes High School and then attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. After graduation she attended Katharine Gibbs School for Business in New York City. In 1954 she married Lewes native, Donald Shankland Marsh in Topeka, Kansas and spent the next 25 years in Austin, Texas. She took a position as an executive secretary for Farmers Insurance Group until the arrival of their first child, Russell Shankland in 1966. Her second child, Jennifer Margaret arrived in 1968. As a stay at home Mom, she was very creative and involved with sailing on Lake Travis and the PTA. Jean enjoyed tennis, the beach and poodles, of which she had many over the years. They moved back to Lewes in 1979. Jean was a member of the Lewes Presbyterian Church.
In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her husband Donald and cousin-in-law, Jay Dunlap, Jr. Jean is survived by her son, Russell S. Marsh, his wife Suzanne and their children, Richard, Erik, and Julia; her daughter, Jennifer Pulcinella, her husband Anthony and their daughter Claudia Jean Pulcinella, all of Lewes; one brother, Jack Stambaugh and wife Jo of Henlopen Acres, DE; her cousin, Ned Maull of Lewes, DE; and her cousin-in-law, Francis Dunlap of Milton, DE.
Graveside Services will be held on Sunday November 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Lewes Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Saturday November 24, 2012 from 6-8 PM at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Lewes Library, 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958.
Please visit Mrs. Marsh's Life Memorial and sign her online guest registry at
Published in The News Journal on Nov. 22, 2012