Marian May Pinnell
Marian May Pinnell, 77, of Central Point, Ore. passed away peacefully at her home October 15, 2015. She was born March 26, 1938 to Glenn and Ida Seward of Willits, Calif.
On December 20, 1957 she married Delbert Pinnell in Ukiah, CA. They would later move their family to the Rogue Valley in 1966. They loved all the outdoor activities the area has to offer and felt this was a great place to raise a family.
Marian loved children, and her lifelong dream was to become a teacher. In 1972 she would graduate with a B.S. in Primary Education from S.O.C. in Ashland, Ore. (Now known as S.O.U.). She spent many wonderful years, from 1972-1996, teaching at White City Elementary School, District #9. Many of her colleagues became lifelong friends and would meet often for breakfast or their annual soup party.
Marian loved to entertain at her home and you could always count on her to have extra. She loved it when a former student would walk up to her to tell her that she had made a profound difference in their life.
After retiring from teaching she and her family started a small business that catered to the needs of the trap-shooting community. She was an avid shooter and had a competitive spirit winning many awards, pins, belt buckles, and the hearts of all in a male-dominated sport.
Marian never lost the desire to teach, you would often find her out on the shoot line, in all different types of weather, instructing a new shooter on the rules, etiquette, and safety of the sport. She was always most happy when she got to work with youth groups, like the 4-H. In addition she was able to volunteer her time at the Medford Trap and Skeet Gun Club on Vilas Road where she served on the board of directors from 1992 to 2015, her most recent position as President until she stepped down this year. She believed strongly, if you are going to serve on the board of any committee you needed to donate your time and energy to making the organization a success. She also served on the board of directors of the Oregon State Trap Association (O.S.T.A.) for 14 years. In July, Marian was inducted into the Pacific International Trap Association (P.I.T.A.) Hall of Fame for her many years of selfless service to the sport and organization.
Marian fought her battle with cancer with dignity and grace just like she lived her life. She was loved by everyone and will be missed by many. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Art Robertson and Floyd Robertson; and her husband, Delbert Pinnell.
Survivors include her twin brother Frank Seward; her older brother, Phil Robertson; her children, David Pinnell (Linda) of Rogue River, Ore., Robert Pinnell (Tina) of Eagle Point, Ore., and Cathy Olson (Kevin) of The Woodlands, Texas; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; her many nieces, nephews, and great friends who loved her dearly.
At her request there will be no funeral services. Instead the family will have a celebration of life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Medford Gun Club, P.O. Box 3040 Central Point, Ore. 97502.