Marilee Pennell Hurlbut, age 89 of Taylorsville, peacefully ended her long struggle with Alzheimer’s Wednesday August 29, 2012 at Valley Nursing Center. She was born July 2, 1923 in Alexander County to the late Virgil Lee Pennell and Fannie Walker Pennell. Mrs. Hurlbut was an employee of Southern Devices for thirty-seven years. She was known for her great cooking and her wonderful smile, which she shared with everyone. She was also a member of Carson’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Theron D. Hurlbut; two sons, Steven Neil Hurlbut and Kerry Lynn Hurlbut; a daughter, Penny Lee Hurlbut; a granddaughter, Melissa Kay Zamecnik; five brothers, William Pennell, Thurston Pennell, Miller Pennell, Glenn Pennell, Fred Pennell and Wayne Pennell; two sisters, Alma Adams and Marie Collinette.

She is survived by a son, Jeffrey Dean Hurlbut and wife Mildred of Union Grove; two daughters, Shela H. Cockrell of Stony Point and Sandra Zamecnik and husband Ron of Lincoln, KS; seven grandchildren: Derek Cockrell, Shanda Rogers, Chad Hurlbut, Mandy Floria, Tyra Fitzgerald, Monty Zamecnik, Travis Zamecnik; and fourteen great grandchildren; three brothers, Rayford Pennell of Stony Point, Don Pennell of Statesville and Jonie Pennell of Troutman; three sisters, Lucille P. Hendricks of Richland, WA, Nell Dean Goodman and Loretta Brann both of Hiddenite.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00pm Saturday September 1, 2012 at Carson’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Pastor Michael Harrill will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00pm prior to the service at the church

Memorial may be given to Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton NC 28658.

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