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Marian Lillian (Cannon) Dornell

Born: Tue., Oct. 10, 1939
Died: Fri., Jul. 19, 2019


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Aug. 17, 2019
Location: Bethany Village


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Marian Lillian Cannon Dornell, 79, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on July 19, 2019, in her community at Bethany Village.  Born on October 10, 1939, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Hannah S. Cannon and Thomas L. Cannon.

Marian was a much beloved and creative soul who reached many in the communities in which she resided in N.Y., Vermont, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  After raising five children and retiring from a career as a registered nurse, Marian returned to Pennsylvania where she reconnected with childhood friends and made many new friends as she pursued her many passions including the arts, education and culture.  In retirement, she found her voice as a poet and was the proud and published author of a chapbook, “Unicorn in Captivity,” in which she explored themes of racial and social justice.  

In addition to her love for the many friends who enriched her life and who supported her up until the moment of her death, Marian took great pride in her grandchildren, Terence L. Peeples, Jr., David D. Suggs, Kevin W. Peeples, John L. Suggs, Anthony J. Neal and Simone A. Neal. 

Marian is also survived by her children Daryl W. Dornell, Lisa Dornell (Robert E. Suggs), Lauren E. Neal, Edwin (Chip) W. Dornell, Jr. Diane K. Peeples, her brother H. Scott Warrick (Pam Warrick), cousins, nieces and nephews and a host of other much loved family members. Her husband Edwin W. Dornell, Sr. and sister Carolyn Savage predecease her. 

A memorial service will be held at Bethany Village, The Richard D. Rife Center, 325 Wesley Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 on August 17, 2019, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marian’s name may be made to The Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104. 

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Barbara S Nilsen
   Posted Sun August 11, 2019
I send my most sincere sympathy to all of Marian's family. She was a perfect friend in every way, and I will miss her deeply. Her compassion and brilliant mind will live on in her poetry. I am honored to have known her.

Sue Huber
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019
My deepest condolences to Diane and family. Marian's (or Mrs. Dornell, as she'll always be to me) smile always lit up your entire house. I can still remember and feel her presence and send my love to you this day and every day forward. Thank you for letting me know her. Love to you all.

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