Marilyn Gail Sewell
Oct. 14, 1936 - Nov. 4, 2022
HELENA - Marilyn Gail McNeil-Shelton-Sewell, 86, a lifelong Montana resident, passed away Nov. 4, 2022.
A graveside memorial will be held on May 30, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. in Helena at Forestvale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Marilyn's friends and loved ones reserve a quiet moment of reflection for her.
Marilyn was born in Polson on Oct. 14, 1936, the first of two children born to Glen McNeil and Beatrice (Trumbull) Schaefer, R.N. After her father's death, Marilyn was raised in Helena by her mother and stepfather, Paul Schaefer. During her life Marilyn resided in Polson, Ronan, Helena, Billings, Lincoln and Missoula. She loved Montana and was always very proud of her Montana heritage.
At the age of sixteen, Marilyn graduated from Helena High School, class of 1953. She was awarded the American Legion Award Medal for her scholarship, patriotism, and leadership qualities. She also became a member of Mensa. Marilyn's love of learning and strong patriotism led her to lead a life of activism.
Marilyn served as the Clerk of Court for the United States District Court - District of Montana, from her appointment date until her retirement. She was well respected in the courts and took great pride in her service. Before her appointment with the Federal Court she worked as a legal secretary, Marilyn loved working in the legal field.
Outside of the judicial system, Marilyn was an active member of the Democrat Party. She considered herself a true centrist and was passionate that politics and political education be accessible to everyone.
In her free time Marilyn was an avid reader and cruciverbalist. She continued solving the New York Times crossword, in pen, until her death. She had a commanding knowledge of history and trivia, extensive vocabulary, and well-informed opinions that were admired by many. Marilyn loved music and loved to dance. She enjoyed nature and spent her time fishing, gardening and walking nature trails with her grandchildren. Marilyn was an honest, intelligent and loving woman who left a lasting impression on her children and grandchildren.
Marilyn is survived by four children: Pamela Shelton of North Carolina, Marc Sewell of Billings, Merry Krater of Roundup, and Jane Sewell of Missoula; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous cousins.
Marilyn lived a long and full life. She had the ability to make lemonade when presented with lemons. She was an inspiration and dearly loved by her family. Rest in Peace.
Published by Helena Independent Record on May 28, 2023.