Sue Ellen Marks


(August 7, 2002)

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the community room of the Monmouth Public Library in Monmouth, Ore., for Sue Ellen Marks, a former Northwest Community College instructor of teacher education, who died Aug. 7 in a Corvallis, Ore., hospital.

Cause of death was complications of diabetes.

She was born in Niles, Mich., to Robert C. and Raye Greatbach Marks.

She attended Niles Community Schools. Graduating with honors in a B.A. program at the University of Michigan in 1960, she received an M.A. at Michigan State in 1970 and a PhD. in Education from Indiana University in 1975.

She had taught teacher education for community colleges in New Mexico, Arizona, and NWCC in Powell, as well as Elmira, N.Y., and the University of Oregon. She was highly regarded as an innovator and a mover. Those who knew her in Powell regarded her as a person who turned around the lives of many of her students.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her only brother, Richard T. Marks.

Survivors include her devoted companion and special friend of 18 years, Rick Sedgwick of Monmouth; and nieces and nephews, Deanna Marks, Robert J. Marks, Adam T. Marks and Melissa Raye Marks.

Memorials in her name may be made to any public library or animal science, which represent the two great loves of her life.