Marilyn (McCool) Hampton
1923 - 2021
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Marilyn (McCool) Hampton 1923—2021
Marilyn (McCool) Hampton, aged 97 and ten months, passed this life on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Findlay, Ohio.
Predeceasing Marilyn were her husband, K.B. Hampton, and daughter April A. Lehman. Surviving are a brother, Dixon Alois McCool (Betty), East Greenwich, RI; son-in-law Richard E. Lehman, Findlay, OH; son & daughter-in-law, K.F. & Marilyn T. Hampton, Montgomery, TX; granddaughters Whitney B. Lehman (Michael), London, UK; & Ellen E. Hampton (Matthew), Evanston, IL; grandson Ross T. Hampton, Lerna, IL; great granddaughter Alma E. Lehman-Bracey; & niece Erica McCool Bert (Dave), Hope, RI.
Marilyn was born in 1923 to Elmer Alois McCool of Freeport, IL and Ruth Enolia (McCluhan) of Galva, IL. She lost her mother in her early teens. Her stepmother, Peg (Nail) McCool, blessed her later teenage years. Marilyn spent her childhood in Freeport and graduated with honors from Freeport High School in 1940, where she was vice president of her class. Her extracurriculars included drama, forensics, debate, orchestra (violin), girls club and student council. Following her mother's passion, Marilyn went on to study speech and theatre at Grinnell College (Iowa). She was the first female elected president of Grinnell's student counsel. After graduation, she worked at a radio station and at the Methodist Publishing House in Kansas City, Mo.
In early 1946 Marilyn married her college beau, and that Fall moved to Willow Run Village, MI. The couple lived in drafty government barracks left over from the War, - the only accommodations available at the time. Those were difficult circumstances for her, especially after an infant came along, often alone while her husband pursued a law degree. After graduation the couple moved to Charleston, IL where two years later she gave birth to a daughter. In 1951, they moved to Terre Haute, IN, where her husband joined the Ohio Oil Co. After several more moves, notably including Casper, WY, Marilyn and her husband settled in Findlay, OH in 1965.
Marilyn was active in various Newcomer's Clubs, the League of Women Voters, the Hancock Historical Society, and the Ohio Historical Association. She was fond of antiques that had personal meaning. She was the collector and archivist in the family. She loved shopping, playing bridge, and attending the theatre. She loved sunshine, familiar surroundings, and flowers. She was a long-time class agent and class fund director for Grinnell. Later in life, she enjoyed winters walking the beach on Sanibel Island, FL and summers on Catawba Island, OH. She loved dining at the Findlay Country Club, where she was a lifetime member. Marilyn was an avid reader, particularly history, even at an advanced age.
The family wishes to recognize the outstanding care Marilyn received at the Blanchard Valley Hospital, Bridge Hospice, and at the Primrose Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Blanchard Valley Hospital, or to the Hancock Historical Society. Services will be deferred until the pandemic is resolved.
Online condolences to the family may be expressed by visiting www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com

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Published in The Freeport Journal Standard from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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