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Obituary for Mary Louise Marshall

Mary Lou Marshall, 61, of La Crosse, died unexpectantly Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in her home. She was born Sept. 21, 1957, in La Crosse to Dr. Harry and Shirley (Austin) Marshall. Mary Lou attended La Crosse schools until middle school when her family moved to Naples, Florida. She graduated from Naples High School in 1975. Mary Lou entered the United States Army in 1977 and was honorably discharged in 1978 after a tour of duty in Germany. She had many interests and received degrees in Police Science from Western Technical College in 1986 and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, in 1997. She also had her CDL license and was an OTR truck driver. Mary Lou had a huge heart and always looked out for the underdog. She was an advocate for anyone with a disability and always tried to help anyone in need. Mary Lou enjoyed spending time with her pets and watching movies from her large collection. She also enjoyed fishing when her health allowed her to and she was always planning a trip on a cruise or to a casino. She is survived by her daughters, Kari Marshall and Sara Marshall (Mike Bowman) and her son, Michael Marshall, all of La Crosse. Mary Lou is also survived by “the light of her eyes”, two grandchildren, Lauren and Seth Bowman. Survivors also include her brother, Scott (Pat) Marshall of Holmen; sisters, Connie (Gary) Troyanek of La Crosse and Carol Blevins of Flower Mound, Texas; her adopted brother, Seth Moyster; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dr. Harry “Skip” Marshall; and a niece, Stephanie Marshall. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse. Pastor Debbie King-Quale will officiate. Militay Honors will follow the service at the funeral home by the Roy Vingers American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse and the United States Army Funeral Honor Guard. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, July 13, both at the funeral home. Mary Lou’s family would like to thank Ryan Vander Schaaf, who helped take care of Mary which allowed her to stay in her home. Online condolences may be sent at