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Marilyn S. Hancock

May 13, 1933 — October 14, 2018

Marilyn Jean Hancock, 85, East Freedom, passed away on Sunday after a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was the third of five children born to the late Vincent James and Verda (Frantz) Smith. Marilyn married Allan G. Hancock in 1958, and together they had three children.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years; three children: Markie Lynn Hancock, Michael Allan Hancock and Nathan Andrew Hancock; five grandchildren: Grace, Henry, Ellen, Ann and Andrew Hancock; and two sisters: Pauline Gilbert and Geraldine Smith

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Morgan Smith and James Smith.

Marilyn graduated from Altoona High School in 1951 and graduated from Wheaton College in 1956, with a degree in education. She loved her college and continued to support its mission and alumni programs her entire life. She taught kindergarten and elementary school for many years and loved and was committed to education and cultural programs.

She was an active member in the Altoona area community as well as her church and other Christian organizations. She taught Sunday school for 30 years and was involved in many church outreach programs as well as mission work. She attended East Freedom Chapel for many years.

She adored her grandchildren and would stop everything to play jacks, hop-scotch or other games well into her 70’s. Marilyn was a consummate homemaker; family and friends were her passion and delight and she loved to entertain and have guests. She enjoyed global travel and together with her husband explored places such as Europe, Pakistan, China, South America, Egypt, and other destinations.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared so lovingly for her during her long illness.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2018 at Bice Chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg, where a memorial service will follow at 2:15 p.m. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata.

Flowers and/or donations may be made in her name to East Freedom Chapel, Precious Life Altoona and The Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
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