Marie Marlow

Marie Elizabeth Marlow, beloved wife, mother, grandmother sister and friend, died on February 5, 2017, at the age of 74. Marie, daughter of Albert and Mary Mokal, was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania on March 13, 1942.  Marie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business Administration.  After graduation, she moved to New York City to work in advertising at Young & Rubicam.  Later, she received a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science from University of Houston, which she practiced on her husband and children with modest success.

Family always came first with Marie.  She married Frank Marlow, also of Mahanoy City, on April 7, 1967, a marriage lasting nearly 50 years. After her mother’s death, she returned to Mahanoy City to take care of her father, a paralyzed veteran of WWII.  He came to live with Marie and Frank in 1975, and stayed until his death in 1992.

Marie’s fierce love of life is not overshadowed by her death.  She enjoyed all things that brought people together. Marie loved to travel and experience new places and she never met a stranger.  She often returned from her adventures with several new and dear friends. Her accomplishments as a chef have expanded waistbands throughout Greater Houston. Her apple pie was legendary, her spaghetti unrivaled.  Her laugh was loud and infectious and her singing was anything but subtle.  “Singing is twice praying,” she would often say.  She loved to dance with Frank and, after 50 years of practice, they had honed their art to perfection.

She always thought of everyone else before herself. Upon moving to Beeville, Texas in 1967, Marie became a social worker during Frank’s tour as a Naval Flight Instructor.  She continued this work at Galveston’s John Sealy Hospital until she became pregnant with her son Drax.  During the seventeen years that she and Frank cared for her father, she was there for him every day, tending to his every need.

Marie had deep bonds with her children, Drax and Meghan.  She was intimately involved in their lives and always there to support them.  Marie and Meghan talked daily about anything and everything.  Known to her grand girls as “Ree Ree”, she texted them daily with messages brimming with love and emojis.  She traveled to Austin frequently to spend quality time with Drax and his wife Ashley.  She was so thrilled about their recent marriage.  No holiday was complete without her brother “Uncle Al” who loved to wine and dine the entire family.

She never suffered from a lack of interests. Marie was a devout Catholic, a voracious reader and a lover of theater.  She was a fervent and animated fan of the Texans, the Rockets and the Texas Longhorns.  However, her greatest passion was making a warm, inviting home for her family and friends to enjoy.  She crafted every room into a personal work of art.  During holidays and gatherings, she showered her affection on everyone around her in the form of food, wine and gifts.  For all who knew and loved Marie, she was a vivacious, warm spirit who brought joy to everyone around her.  We will miss her dearly.

Marie is survived and adored by her husband Frank, children Drax and his wife, Ashley Marlow and Meghan and her husband, Grover Geiselman, her brother, Dr. Albert Mokal, and two grandchildren Sloane and Marlow Geiselman.

A visitation will be held Thursday, February 9th from 6-8pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd in Webster, Texas. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 10th at 10am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 E. Walker St, League City, Texas.




  1. I have no doubt that Marie is smiling down from heaven. I will miss her!

  2. Marie was the epitome of class and grace. My heart is breaking along with thousands of her other friends but I’m sure not half as much as her beautiful family’s hearts are suffering. My prayers and love go out to a Frank, Drax, and Meghan and all the rest of her family. She will be sorely missed. RIP, sweet lady.

  3. Dear Frank, Drax and Meghan,

    We have so many wonderful memories of Marie (and all of you) from Beeville, Houston and out here in California. What an amazing woman full of so much joy!
    We love you all.

    Mary, Jimmy, Kevin, Katie and Julie (and our families)

    Julia Brady-Jenner
  4. My sweet Marie! Marie will be missed more than she would ever known possible. We became best of friends through our many years of Friendship.
    There was nothing we couldn’t talk about, except politics lol. Marie never met anyone that she didn’t like. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She was a generous, kind and loving person..many times she would call me to do work on their home and my back was out and she would always say “what can i do for you, I’ll be right over”. Within 15 minutes she was there with food and medication. She was my go to person for advice. Through the years we laughed and cried together. So i raise my glass and make this toast to Marie! Marie, although my heart hurts so badly., the bible assures us that to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord and in heaven God says there are no more tears and no more fears! I love you Marie, you will forever live in my ❤

    Rob Weitekamp
    • so sweet! that is so kind of you to think of my grandmother

      sloane geiselman
  5. Frank, I am so sorry. She was not only beautiful on the outside but also on the inside.

    Mary Lee

    Mary Lee
    • that is the nicest thing iv’e heard all day! lotsa love from Ree Ree!

      sloane geiselman
  6. Frank and Family,
    I know you are devastated by the loss of Marie and I just want to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Dan Hill
    from Afghanistan

    Daniel C. Hill
  7. Frank,
    We would like to extend our sincere condolences to you on the passing of Marie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    A lot of fond memories from days gone by.
    Dan & Jane Brandenstein

    Dan & Jane Brandenstein
  8. She was an amazing lady, truly sorry for your great loss!

  9. Frank,
    Besides being a beautiful wonderful bride to you, she was a great woman. She will certainly be missed.
    My sincere sympathy,
    Maria Telles

    Maria Telles
  10. Frank, I am so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Dave Whittle
  11. I miss her and I never met her but, if the permanent smile on Frank’s face during even a T38 EP sim is any indication of the immense blessing of Marie, it’s no wonder I feel like I’ve known her for nearly 20 years.

    She’s in good hands.

    -Tracy and family

    Tracy Dyson
  12. “In the silence of the souls, oh Lord, we contemplate Thy peace.
    Free from all the world’s desires.
    Free from fear and all anxiety.”
    My deepest sympathy to all of Marie’s family. May all of you be sustained by the
    beautiful memories of this beautiful person and may Marie rest in eternal peace.

    Sandy Besaha ( Linda’s sister)
    Valley Forge, PA.

    Sandra Besaha
  13. A beautiful, beautiful person, inwardly and outward. We grieve with you. —
    Ed and Jann

    Ed Rainey, Sr and Jann Boyer
  14. Dear Frank,

    Natale and I were so saddened to hear about Marie. She was truly a lovely and wonderful person, and I know she will be deeply missed by you and your family. We will keep you all in our prayers, and we wish you the very best in the coming weeks. I am quite certain that Marie is in Heaven watching over you and your family. If I can help you in any way Frank, please let me know.

    Rob Rivers

    Rob Rivers
  15. A beautiful, beautiful person, inwardly and outward. We share your grief.

    EQ and Jann

    Ed Rainey and Jann Boyer
  16. Frank, Drax and Meghan,
    My heart is breaking for you all. Marie was such a classy lady, and I will miss her smile and straight forward answers. Please rest assured that we are covering you in prayers for peace and strength.

    Deacon Chuck and Beth Turner
  17. My prayers are with Marie’s so loved family! Memories of what a wonderful, supportive friend she had always been to me will linger for the duration of my life. She will be greatly missed!!

    Diane Oswald
  18. Frank,

    I’ve heard it said that the only true wealth is marked by the strength and love of one’s family. If this is true, you are wealthy beyond measure my good friend. May this love endure and give you peace and strength.

    Conley Perry
  19. Marie was in my book club, and we all were blessed by her friendship as well as her great observations about what we were reading. Her enthusiasm for life and her real interest in other shone through.

    Phyllis Bludworth
  20. Jeff and I will miss her and her wondrous smile. She was a jewel.

    Jeff and Kathy Payson
  21. Frank,.we our so sorry to hear of your loss..God bless you and family.

    Andy and all the T-38 crew chief’s

  22. Dear Frank, Drax, Meghan and my best friend Dr. Albert Mokal. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Marie. Marie was such a beautiful person. I can’t imagine a world with ought her vibrant personality. We grew up together in Mahanoy City at 633 and 631 west spruce street. Neighbors and friends forever. I’m positive Marie is in heaven. God bless Marie and her family and friends.


    Anthony Urban
  23. Dear Frank,

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Marie’s passing. May God comfort you and your family in the days ahead. I will be praying for Marie and all in your family.

    Gerry Kraynik

    Gerry Kraynik
  24. Frank –

    Bev and I are very saddened to learn of Marie’s passing and hope that you will be sustained by many great memories of the times that you spent together in this life.

    Vance Brand

    Vance and Bev Brand
  25. Marie brought so much joy, energy, kindness, and beauty to every room she entered. I am so thankful to Jill Finney for bringing her in to my life. Through Marie’s great love and enthusiasm for her husband, children (and their spouses), and granddaughters, I felt I knew them all, and thanks to Marie’s adventurous spirit I have so many treasured memories (of nearly melting together in Galveston on the hottest summer day, of lunches and laughter, of sharing rum cake and stories, of learning more about longhorn cattle than I ever knew there was to know, of being introduced to the Swedish author Fredrik Backman, of decorating a tree in a windstorm…) I want to never lose the sound of Marie’s voice and laughter. To her family and friends and the community, I am so very sorry for your loss. She lives on with us.

    Stephanie Peirce
    • Oh my gosh! I am stunned with the gratitude Ree Ree always showed to me and the rest of the people on Earth. She was the sweetest!

      sloane geiselman

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