Marilyn graduated high school in Tupelo and went on to earn her MA in Counseling from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. A love for people and a passion for work, led to a long and rewarding career as a therapist in a couple of Kansas City area hospitals. She was devoted to the betterment of mental health and was always placing the needs of others first. Marilyn was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed most all music.
She married Dr. Raymond W. O’Brien in 1981 in Shawnee Mission, KS. In addition to Raymond, survivors include a son, Hunter Markwell O’Brien of Kansas City, MO; a daughter, Clancy Catherine O’Donell O’Brien of Oak Ridge, TN; two brothers, Harmon Smith of Durham, NC and Michael Smith of Tampa, FL; and her beloved granddaughter, Kaylie O’Brien Of Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Murray Smith.
Family and friends will gather to visit and celebrate Marilyn’s life from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023, at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Memories of Marilyn and condolences may be shared at Meyersfuneralchapel.com.