Marian Rosina Jessup

Marian was born February 14, 1941 in Quetta, British India (now in Pakistan) to Vernon and Shelagh (Bailey) Jessup. Her father was a master mechanic in the Royal Army and her mother was a homemaker. The young family eventually moved to Mumbai (Bombay), India before sailing for the United Kingdom in 1948 on one of the last British troop ships to leave shortly after Indian independence. Marian grew up in the London suburbs and she loved telling her family stories of her life as a London girl with a passion for jazz and classical music. Marian came to America from England in early 1972 with her older daughter Lynette, living first in Massachusetts, where her younger daughter Lisa was born, and later in the Rocky Mountain West. Marian became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1986 but proudly remained a British subject and dual citizen her entire life.

Marian is survived by her two siblings, sister Vivian (Jessup) McLees and brother John Jessup. Both reside in England with their families. Marian is preceded in death by both of her parents.

Marian is also survived by her two daughters. Her oldest daughter, Lynette Seelmeyer, of Fort Collins, CO is married to David Seelmeyer and they have two children, Thomas and Katherine (Katie).

Her youngest daughter, Lisa Nunley, is married to Shawn Nunley and they have one daughter, Miranda. Marian’s children and her grandchildren were the loves of her life and brought her endless joy and happiness.

Early childhood education was a passion for Marian. She was employed with the Head Start Program in Laramie for several years, and had worked with small children in literacy programs and preschool programs for most of her adult life. She was an avid reader with four library cards to libraries in England and America and you could often find her spending hours of her time in any library or bookstore, reading. In addition, Marian was pursuing her own college degree in Early Childhood Education.

Marian’s passion for life was contagious and energizing. Everyone that met her loved her, and she always made a positive impact on their lives.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Lincoln Center beginning at 1pm. To represent Marian’s love of life, please wear bright colors and fancy hats. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Lincoln Center, Laramie Head Start, Interfaith Good Samaritan, or the Albany County Public Library.

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Condolences (9)

  • Kathy Skarin

    I will always remember our "tea parties" and gab sessions! She was a great friend and a great listener. kathy skarin

  • Laramie Writer's Group

    Marian, we will miss you . You shared your talent of writing with us for which we are so grateful. From your friends in the Writer's Group.

  • Sheila Speight

    Marian was a dear friend Marian was my very dear friend and I will miss her We shared the love of young children and taught together in past years. We loved visiting and talking about our English connections. My thoughts and condolences are with her family.

  • Anonymous

    Marian was my very best friend but she was more than a friend. She was like my second mother. It was such a pleasure to have her in my life. Loved listening to her stories. She will live on in all the hearts of the people that knew her. Love and miss you dearly Marian.

  • Wyoming Public Radio/Media

    The Staff of Wyoming Public Media send their condolences in the death of Marian Rosina Jessup. Her loss will be felt greatly. We appreciate her continuing support of Wyoming Public Radio.

  • Lindsey & Tayian Glover

    Marian was a big part of my daughters early education. Tayian my daughter has an incredible love for reading. We still have Tayians rewards from Marian hanging on her wall. Marian was always making us smile. And left a piece of her love for reading to my daughter. Thank you for being an incredible person Marian. And thank you for your dedication to Early childhood.

  • Desharia

    I will always have a special place in my heart full of the best of memories of Marian. She helped teach two of my 3 boys at head start. No matter what was going on she always had a smile on her face! Biggest hugs to the entire family!

  • Linda Devine

    Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family Lisa. Your mother is someone who I would have loved to know.

  • Pat Gibson

    I had the pleasure of knowing Marian for many years. She had a special ability to teach young children, and was a valued employee of Riverview Child Care for several years. She enriched the lives of countless children, and they will always remember her. She will live on in the hearts of all who knew her. Pat Gibsom