Marilyn Mae Hockenberry, 66, of Carbondale, KS died on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at the St. Francis Campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center, Topeka, KS. She was born on November 23, 1955 in Topeka, KS, the daughter of Thomas Allen Garner, Jr. and Norma Jean (Black) Garner.
Marilyn grew up in the Carbondale area and has lived there most of her life. She attended Santa Fe Trail Schools in her youth.
She was an accounts specialist for thirty-five years for the State of Kansas in the Department of Revenue.
Marilyn loved to cook for her family. She spent hours watching the Food Network to find the right meal for them, then loved experimenting with them with her new dishes. It was really just a loving way to bring them all together. Being with her family was her favorite thing in the world. Catching up with everyone’s busy life and seeing children and grandchildren was such a joy for her. She loved talking to her sisters on the phone and following their lives. When she could, she always tended to her garden with her Jeff Gordon mower or took care of her garden and the plants she maintained inside and outside her home. She particularly loved her roses, which she spent many hours lovingly caring for so that they remained beautiful. Above all, Marilyn loved her family very much and they will miss her.
On November 1, 1988, Marilyn got married to Kenneth Hockenberry at the Shawnee County Courthouse, Topeka, KS. They shared thirty-three-nine years of loving marriage
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Kenneth Hockenberry, Carbondale, KS; two sons, Brian Gardner, Carbondale, KS, Doug Hockenberry and his wife, Haven, Overbrook, KS; daughter, Ashley Tipping and husband Travis, Osage City, KS; two sisters, Martha Diane Warren and her husband, Don, Oklahoma City, OK, Kathleen Faye Dabney, Carbondale, KS; three brothers, Thomas Allen Garner, III and his wife, Anne, Bardstown, KY, Charles Eugene Garner, Osage City, KS, Robert Lee Garner and his wife, Ann, Harveyville, KS; and three grandchildren, Malcolm, Rileigh and Locklynn.
She is predeceased by her parents and one sister, Connie O’Hara; brother, David Garner; and a son Corey Hockenberry.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Condolences can be sent to the family by www.lamb-roberts.com or Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524.
Posted on September 18, 2022
Posted in Topeka Capital Journal