Marian Elaine (Ruhl) Pickett

February 08, 2017

Marian Elaine (Ruhl) Pickett, 94, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 12:29 a.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal.

Funeral services in honor of Mrs. Pickett will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal.  Bro. Ron Haye and Bro. David Parrish will officiate.  Burial will be in the Grand View Burial Park.

Visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Marian was born on March 30, 1922, in Hydesburg, Mo., the daughter of Joseph Stanley and Estella Mae (Campbell) Ruhl.

She was united in marriage to Carl Robert Pickett on August 18, 1946, at Hydesburg United Methodist Church.  He preceded her in death on February 18, 1990.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Pickett (Cathy) of Hannibal, Mo., and Joe Pickett (Linda) of New London, Mo.; two daughters, Jan Herring of New London, Mo., and Cindy Humphrey (Pat) of Quincy, Ill.; one brother, Glenn Ruhl (Martha) of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Leta Glascock and JoAnne Roellig of Hannibal, Mo.; six grandchildren, Tracy Wilson (Dusty), Sunshine Wilde (Nathan), Devon Schmohe, Jessica Burton (Eric), Erin Haugh (Ted), and Ben Humphrey (Heather); nine great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kennedy, Kaylee, Bennett, Brynn, Grayson, Caroline, Nathan, and Logan; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, and husband, Mrs. Pickett was preceded in death by two infant sons; Carl and Paul; two brothers, Richard and Phillip; one granddaughter, Melinda Pickett; and one infant granddaughter.

Marian graduated from Rensselaer High School in the class of 1940.  Along with helping raise her family, she worked for the Hannibal Public School System as a Library Clerk at Pettibone Elementary for 24 years and was often referred to as Marian the Librarian.

Mrs. Pickett was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading her Bible and studying her weekly Sunday School lesson in addition to attending church on Sunday.

Marian enjoyed researching her family genealogy, reading, clipping newspaper articles for her family scrapbooks, and being outdoors when weather permitted. Her biggest enjoyment was the time spent with her children and grandchildren. Thursday lunch with her sisters and other family members was also a cherished time together.

Pallbearers will be Dusty Wilson, Nathan Wilde, Eric Burton, Ted Haugh, Pat Humphrey, and Ben Humphrey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Grayson Haugh and Bennett Wilde.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hydesburg United Methodist Church or Calvary Baptist Church, in care of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Marian’s memorial page at