Mary Lea Marshall

Mary Lea Marshall

September 8, 1931 – February 17, 2021

Early morning on Ash Wednesday, February 17th, Rev. Lea Marshall, Countryside Community Church’s former associate pastor, passed away while receiving hospice care at Brookestone Village. The staff awakened Lea’s dear friend, Janelle Nash, so she could say goodbye. Lea was preceded in passing by her beloved husband, John. She is survived by three children: Scot (Marie), Laurie Sample, and Todd (Carolyn); eight grandchildren: Adam, Carlea, Graham, Lindsay, Madison, Maxwell, Miles, and Stephanie; two great grandchildren, Camden and Naomi; as well as by many friends.

Lea was a celebrated visual artist, an accomplished musician, and a world traveler.  She and her husband, John, were passionate supporters of the arts and education.

In the words of each of her grandchildren, Lea was unconditionally loving and creative; fearless and thoughtful; genuine and artistic; wise and honoring of growth; resolute and open-minded; compassionate and unique. The Marshall and Nash families have lost a singularly strong and amazing woman.

The family will celebrate the joy that was Lea’s life with a Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday, September 8th at 11am at Countryside Community Church, 13130 Faith Plaza.  Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the website.




  • Mary A. Hansen Posted February 21, 2021 5:33 am

    We have lost a good friend and colleague In ministry. I am glad that Lea can Rest In Peace knowing that she made a difference in people’s lives.

  • Dale Gardner Posted March 17, 2022 5:27 pm

    Lea was my second Mom. I met her and the Marshall family shortly after returning from army service in Vietnam. We knew one another for almost half a century.
    She was nothing short of amazing in her talents and one of the dearest souls I will ever know.
    I will miss her the rest of my life.

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