D. Jean Marston, 83 / Sept. 26, 1927 — Jan. 29, 2010

Published 5:36 pm Sunday, January 30, 2011

Diana Jean Marston, 83, of Berrien Center, Mich., died Saturday morning at her home following an extended illness.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1927 in Reform, Ala. to Ethan and Rose (Zimmerman) Shelton and came to Berrien Center from Chicago Ill. in 1947. She was employed by Shelton’s Farm Market for 50 years, retiring in 2007.


Jean was a member of the Berrien Center Bible Church. She enjoyed ballroom dancing at the Dan O’Day Dance Club in Mishawaka and in competition dancing at the annual event held at the University of Notre Dame.

She also enjoyed flower gardening at home but her greatest pleasure was hosting large family gatherings and meals at her home.

On Dec. 13, 1957 in Niles, she married Joseph E. Marston with whom she celebrated 53 years last month.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Mark Alan Marston who died in 1968 and Gerald David Marston who died in 1999 and by her mother Rose Shelton and brothers Norman J. and Kenneth A. Shelton.

Jean is survived by her husband, Joseph and their son James E. (Paula) Marston of Niles and Gerald’s wife, Candice Marston of Brighton, Mich.; grandchildren Tina (Tim) Bunch, Toni Harbin, Brandon Marston and Kaitlyn Marston; great-grandchildren Courtney, Dylan, Sierra, Cassie, Krystal, Kori, Harli, Mariska and Ava; great-great-grandaughter Mercedes; father Ethan Shelton of Berrien Center; brothers and sister Ronald E. (Anna) Shelton of Berrien Springs, James C. (Betty) Shelton of Granger, Ind., Martha Ann (Harley) Webber of Berrien Center and Joseph L. (Deborah) Shelton of Niles and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Jean Marston will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at the Berrien Center Bible Church with the Rev. Mark J. Smith of the church officiating.

Committal will follow at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles and on Wednesday at church beginning at 10 a.m.

Contributions in memory of Jean may be made to the Berrien Center Bible Church.