MCCOOK, Neb. — Marilu Sellens Delano, 88, of McCook passed away on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 at Hillcrest Nursing Home.
She was born in Susank March 15, 1927, the daughter of Henry Martin Sellens and Florette Lord (Overholt) Sellens.
She graduated from Hoisington High School in 1945. In August of 1945, she married Dura Roosevelt Delano, Jr. They had five children, Alan (Pauline), Decatur Tenn.; Robert (Martha), Kerens Texas; Keith (Kara), McCook; Michael, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Linda (Carolyn), Phoenix Ariz.
As a young woman, Marilu clerked for a legislator in the Unicameral at the Nebraska State Capital and was invited to continue working for that representative in Washington D.C. She chose a different path and following stops in Hastings and back in Lincoln, her young family eventually settled in McCook. She spent more than 30 years working for the McCook Daily Gazette in a role she often described as “The Funny Editor.”
With a sharp wit and keen eye for the unusual, Marilu could always be counted on for a snarky comment at the best time. Regarding this recent development, she would probably say, “It was bound to happen…”
She had more common sense than most … and we would often say maybe she got some that should have gone to other folks.
Marilu knew most birds both by sight and song, loved reading, and trips to Hawaii. She was proud of her family and the fun times they had together, particularly the time spent outdoors.
She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a past President of the Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does. A lifelong champion of equal rights, she was pleased that this great country had a credible female candidate for its highest office.
Marilu is preceded in death by her parents and Dell, her husband of 70 years.
She is survived by five children and eight grandchildren — Travis, Beth, Rachael, Marsha, Jeff, Jake, Craig, and Shea — as well as 20 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel, McCook. Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in McCook. Interment will immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the McCook Public Library. Honorariums may be sent via Herman-Jones Funeral Home, 607 Norris Avenue, McCook, NE, 69001.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel **
607 Norris Ave.
McCook, NE, 69001
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune. Sept. 10, 2015