Marian Hiben

Marian Hiben, 93, of Parsons died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at her son’s home.

She was born June 11, 1928, to Albert and Bessie (Oles) George in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She grew up in Albert Lea with four brothers.

She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1946 and from nursing school in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She married John Hiben in Minneapolis in 1952. They lived in Minneapolis, Bradley, South Dakota, Ottawa and Lawrence before moving to Parsons in 1968. She worked as a nurse in each of those towns, retiring from Parsons State Hospital and Training Center in 1980.

After her retirement, she worked as an independently contracted home health care nurse. One of these jobs resulted in her becoming an avid University of Kansas basketball fan.

She loved children, operating her own day care, helping at various local day cares, babysitting her grandchildren, working in the church nursery and transporting others’ children to and from school.

Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, volunteering, genealogy, traveling and playing games. She made her daughters’ clothes when they were younger, along with matching Barbie outfits. She was active in the Morning Glory Circle, Labette County Home Extension Unit and the American Quilter’s Society. She enjoyed making quilts for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During the 1970s and 1980s, she was an integral part of the American Red Cross blood bank. Her interest in genealogy led to discovering many cousins and unraveling family mysteries. She attended as many family reunions as she could.

Her love for travel took her to many U.S. states, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Cayman Islands, Cozumel and Jamaica.

She enjoyed weekly game days with friends.

She didn’t like missing an episode of “Jeopardy” or “Wheel of Fortune.” And heaven forbid that anyone got in between her and the television when they were on.

As a child, she came to know the Lord. She was dedicated to her faith. Everything she did revolved around serving God. She lived her life in complete service to others. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Parsons. 

She is survived by a daughter, Gini (Mike) Knowles of Temecula, California; and a son, Dan (Joyce) Hiben of Oswego; seven grandchildren, Juston (Jackie) Smith, Connie (James) Blundell, Clayton (Athena) Hiben, Chelsea (Billy) Carter, Kevin (Tabitha) Hiben, Alex Knowles and Bryse Knowles; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a granddaughter, Melissa Anne; a daughter, Annette Smith; and three brothers. 

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church at Parsons with Pastor Travis Ball officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Carson-Wall Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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