LEANN (BAY) MARLER
Leann Marler loses battle with cancer
Park Hills loses long-time librarian
Published in Daily Journal, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
PARK HILLS - The Park Hills library director has died after a battle with cancer.
Leann Marler died Monday. By order of the mayor, the library will be closed on Thursday for her funeral and flags at the library and other city facilities will be lowered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor and remembrance of her life.
Her visitation will be held at Boyer Funeral Home in Park Hills beginning at 5 p.m. today. The funeral will be held there at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Marler began her career with the library as an assistant librarian for Flat River in March of 1984. She assumed the role of library director for the Park Hills Library in September of 1997. Lisa Sisk has been named interim library director until a replacement is named.
City Administrator John Kennedy said Marler’s service to the city, her devotion to the library and its literary programs and especially her dedication toward the reading public will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to her family, her many friends, her co-workers, the patrons of the library, and all whose lives she has touched over the years,” he said.
Kennedy knew Marler for most of his life since she grew up a block away from his grandfather. He said she was one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet.
“I don’t know that I ever saw her mad ...” he said.
He said she was an excellent librarian who was always forward-thinking and dedicated to her job. He said she had a good sense of what people wanted and needed from the library within the city’s budget limitations.
She was responsible for a lot of the improvements and decorations in the new library. He said she was very particular on what colors she wanted to walls to be.
At the next council meeting, there will be a time for silent prayer instead of the traditional invocation.
The family has requested that memorial donations be directed to the library. The city has established the Leann Marler Memorial Library Fund at New Era Bank for those who want to make donations.
Leann (Bay) Marler, 56, of Farmington passed away Monday, June 4, 2012, at her home. She was born on June 24, 1955, in Bonne Terre. She had a passion for books and spent 28 years with the Park Hills Public Library, serving more than 10 years as the Library Director.
She was preceded in death by her husband Allan Marler; father Dariel Bay; and sister Rose Klob.
Leann is survived by son Justin Marler and wife Jennifer; grandchildren Colton and Allana; mother Nadine (Rogers) Bay; sisters Joan and husband Robert Campbell, Brenda and husband Jerry Hopkins; mother-in-law Norma Marler; brother-in-law Bob Klob; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home Caldwell Chapel in Park Hills. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012, at C.Z. Boyer & Son Caldwell Chapel with Rev. Eddie Bone officiating. Interment will follow at Three Rivers Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given to the Park Hills Public Library directed through Park Hills City Hall.
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