Marilyn Kaye (Russell) Kranawetter

March 31, 1945 ~ April 3, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Marilyn Kranawetter Obituary

Marilyn Kaye Kranawetter, 79, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Mercy Hospital Southeast in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

She was born March 31, 1945, in East Prairie, Missouri, to Harry B. and Lois Farrenburg Russell. She and Ervin Kranawetter were married July 1, 1989, in East Prairie.

Marilyn attended Anniston Elementary School and was a 1963 graduate of East Prairie High School. Her church home was First Christian Church in East Prairie.

She was employed at Ferguson Medical Clinic in Sikeston and C. B. Forms in East Prairie. In 1989, she began working as a dispatcher for K & R Log and Lumber in Jackson, where she also briefly drove a truck with her husband. She had a lifelong passion for raising and showing reining horses.

To cherish her memory, she leaves her husband of nearly 35 years, Ervin Kranawetter of Jackson; two children, Russell (Tami) Helms of Jackson, Tennessee, and Leslie (Bill) Payne of Choctaw, Oklahoma; two stepsons, Richard E. "Red" (Vera) Kranawetter and Douglas (Nikki) Kranawetter, both of Patton; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Janie (Jerry) Maxwell and Harry B. (Diane) Russell, both of East Prairie; and Ervin's siblings, Roy Kranawetter and Robert (Karen) Kranawetter, both of Jackson; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-grandson, Sam; and a brother, Dickey Russell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2024, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Bro. Martin Lucas will conduct the funeral ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.
If considering a memorial donation, the family suggests Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship or the Arthritis Foundation.

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Public Viewing
April 5, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McCombs Funeral Home & Cremation Center
640 West Independence Street
Jackson, MO 63755

Funeral Service
April 6, 2024

11:00 AM
McCombs Funeral Home & Cremation Center
640 West Independence Street
Jackson, MO 63755

April 6, 2024

12:15 PM
Russell Heights Cemetery
435 S. Farmington
Jackson, MO 63755


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