Marrillie Cochran Good

Marrillie Cochran Good, a longtime resident of Lawrence, KS passed away gracefully at the age of 98 on Saturday, February 25th, in Lawrence. She was a caring and beloved mother and grandmother and an active community member. 

Marrillie was self-motivated and passed down to her family a love of adventure. In her early 20s she moved to Washington D.C. to work for her local Congressman from St. Joseph. There she explored the National Mall and surrounding countryside and cut a rug at countless officer dances prior to returning to St. Joe. She had a close group of high school friends who loved to travel by train or car, whether going to see big band jazz shows in KC, St. Louis and New York City, or visit the Colorado Rocky Mountains and beaches of southern California. On a trip to Manhattan, she met Larry Good and later fell in love and married this veteran studying architecture at KSU. Their adventures included many trips to explore Europe. They also held season tickets for many years to both KU football and basketball games and were huge fans of the Jayhawks. 

Marrillie was sharp and well organized and enjoyed working and volunteering with people. She managed the office of Lawrence R. Good Architects and worked in the Study Abroad Office at KU with foreign exchange students. Marrillie was a lifelong learner, an avid supporter of the arts, appreciated diversity, and valued education. She became a Stephen Minister and was an active member in the First Presbyterian Church. Marrillie was a docent at the Spencer Art Museum and patron of the ACT Theater, Kansas City Opera, Kansas City Ballet, Nelson Art Gallery, and Lawrence Community Theater. She was also active in the Garden Club, Ventura Club, and several bridge clubs. 

Those who knew and loved her admired Marrillie. She maintained her quick wit, unwavering strength, integrity and remarkable positive outlook on life until the end.  She loved to whistle and was quick to dispense memorable nuggets of wisdom. We will miss many things about her including her bouts of laughter when she would laugh so hard that her shoulders shrugged, and no sound came out.  

Marrillie was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence and her brother Floyd. She is survived by her brother John (103 years old), sons Jeffrey and James, daughter Carolyn, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

5 Condolences

  1. Greg Gardner on March 3, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Carolyn, our hearts go out to you and your family. A life well lived, your Mom certainly explored the world and shared her joy. Condolences my old friend.

  2. Brad D. Raley on March 3, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    Dear Jeff and family;
    My sincere condolences to you all. I always enjoyed to be with and around your Mother. I hope you all are doing fine and wish for you to take care and be healthy.

    Brad Raley

  3. Karen Booker on March 3, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Prairie Acres Garden Club remembers Marrillee and appreciates the many years she enriched our club with her designs, dedication and sense of humor. May her next sojourn contain nothing but flowers.

  4. Sue T. on March 7, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    I miss you already Marilee. I enjoyed your company every evening and kept your coffee refreshed. You made me and others feel appreciated. 🌹 May you Rest In Peace “ Mum”.

  5. Jillian Blakeman on March 19, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    My grandma Marrillie was the smartest, most intuitive, impressively stubborn ball of love and wisdom. I will always admire her strength and I feel her now around us more than ever. I am honored to continue her legacy and I look forward to coming together with the people she loved most to celebrate her long lasting impact on us all.

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