Marilyn  Cranford


May, 25, 1922 - March 19, 2019
Marilyn Cranford passed away on the evening of March 19, 2019, at Angelina House Assisted Living in Jacksonville, Texas at the age of 96.

Marilyn was born on May 25, 1922 to Arkan Erett and Bonnie Gregory Cranford. She spent a very happy childhood in Sacul, Texas. She went to Sacul schools and completed her high school education at the Finishing School of Stephen F. Austin State College.

Most of Marilyn's adult life was spent in Dallas, Texas where she was employed as an x-ray technician. She never married, and lived with her sister Melba until Melba's passing of cancer in 1978. The following year, Marilyn moved home to Sacul to be with her mother. She loved working in the yard, tending to her beautiful flower beds, enjoying her beloved pets (most notably Oscar) and quilting with her friends at the Community Center. She lived at the family home until November of 2008, at which time she moved into the Angelina House Assisted Living where she resided until her death.

Marilyn was a well respected member of the community, and she lived her life with integrity. She was a member of several boards in her lifetime, and there are scholarships set up in her name at SFA.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, Bonnie and Arkan Cranford, and by her sister Melba. She is survived by James and Vicki Houser, close friends who became family, special friends Wayne and Linda Williamson, and sweet friends at Sacul, Jacksonville and Rusk.
A special thank you to the staff of Angelina House Assisted Living, the caregivers who were so good to her, and to Heart to Heart Hospice.

There will be a simple graveside service at Sacul Cemetery on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., which will be officiated by Rev. Tommy Williams and Mr. James Houser, under the direction of Dickie Allen Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops (NCPC), Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, SFASU, 419 East College St. Box 6109, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6109.
Published on March 20, 2019
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Donna Burden
Apr 02, 2019
Marilyn was a beautiful lady and each time I saw her, I thought we should all be so lucky to age so gracefully. I know you miss her like part of your body has been cut off, but oh how empty her life and yours would have been had you three not adopted each other. God knew you needed each other and crossed your paths and hearts at the right time. I love y'all and pray for joy to replace your sorrow as time heals this grief!
Wayne and Linda Williamson
Mar 21, 2019
We have been blessed to know and love Miss Marilyn. She was a true Southern lady who was always sweet and kind and very giving. We are very sad she is not with us now, but feel at peace that she is in the arms of her Savior. Watch over us Guardian Angel.