Marian Meyer Schell, 87, of Loyalsock Township, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at UPMC Williamsport, PA. Marian was born on January 16, 1933 in her family home in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest child of the late Reverend Samuel Gibble Meyer and Elizabeth Royer Miller Meyer. Marian graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1950 as the class Salutatorian and was a 1954 graduate of Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She taught school in Marysville, PA upon graduation.
While a student at Elizabethtown College, Marian met the love of her life, a pastor-in-training, Walter Mettlen Schell, when both were assigned to the same dining table. They spent these early years together singing in the college choir and going on mission trips where Marian sang and Walter preached. On May 26, 1956, the couple married a week before being appointed to their first church while Walter was in seminary and celebrated nearly 64 wonderful years together.
Marian lived her life by helping others and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and servant of God.
After marrying Walter, Marian dedicated her life to a shared ministry serving 38 years at four United Methodist church appointments - Marysville, Fayetteville, Montoursville, and, most recently, Pine Street. During this time, she served as choir member, Sunday School teacher, hospitality coordinator, children’s choir director, and UMW member. Her passion for ministry was helping the poor and needy. To this end, she served with the Meals on Wheels program for 44 years and the Interfaith Hospitality Network for the homeless, among many other activities. Marian was known for sending encouraging cards to those in need and providing delicious apple pies and cookies on her husband’s visitations.
The pride and joy of her life was her family with whom she spent many wonderful holidays together and family vacations in Ocean City, NJ. She enjoyed walking along the boardwalk, shopping on Asbury Avenue, attending concerts at the Music Pier, and staying at the Flanders Hotel. Last summer, she especially enjoyed watching her great-granddaughter Clara playing in the sand while holding her newborn great-grandson Robert.
Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, Walter Scott Schell, Loyalsock Township and a daughter Melodie Schell Schmouder (Gary), Loyalsock Township. Marian was the proud grandmother to two granddaughters: Vanessa M. Schmouder (Curtis Johnston) and Janelle C. Schmouder (Nicholas Lewis). She was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Clara Marie Johnston and Robert Walter Lewis. She is also survived by a brother Samuel Meyer (Casey) and was predeceased by her father, mother, five brothers (Ammon, Nathan, Jonas, Raymond, Matthew) and sister, Leah.
A private family service will take place at Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville, followed by a private family burial at Montoursville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions may be made to: Social Service Fund, Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.
The family wishes to extend their deepest regrets that friends are not able to share in this celebration of Marian’s life due to coronavirus restrictions, but appreciate the many expressions of love, support, and prayer.
Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.
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