Marilyn N. Cuellar, homemaker

Marilyn N. Cuellar
Marilyn N. Cuellar
Posted: July 28, 2013

Marilyn Neal Blanton Cuellar, 60, of Springfield, Delaware County, a homemaker and the wife of TV reporter Dann R. Cuellar, died of ovarian cancer Thursday, July 25, at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park.

Mrs. Cuellar worked as a nurse in Texas before relocating here in 1988 with her husband. He was transferred from KMOL-TV in San Antonio to WPVI-TV (6ABC) in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Cuellar was born in Lufkin, Texas, to a family involved in the newspaper business. She moved to Houston, where the two met indirectly because of a news story.

"She worked for a suicide hotline with a church," said her husband. "She called to tell me someone had scratched out my name on my business card, and was pretending to be me.

"Thirty-two years later, the rest is history," he said.

Once here, Mrs. Cuellar gave up nursing in favor of tending her home and making sure the couple's three children were properly raised.

"She was a loving and giving person," her husband said.

Those qualities were in evidence when Mrs. Cuellar became ill and had to be treated at Paoli Memorial Hospital.

"They would ask her how she was, and she would ask how they were," her husband said. "She thought more of those caring for her than her own well-being."

Mrs. Cuellar always had a laugh in spite of any rough situation, and had an extraordinary compassion for animals, especially dogs. Her favorite was Minnie, a fawn-colored pug who in her absence had taken to following her husband around.

"She would want to be remembered for her deep faith as well as the fierce protection she had for her family and friends," her husband said.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, is her mother, Carolyn W. Blanton; a son, Daniel Benjamin; daughters Trinna Lee and Carley Marissa; a grandson; and a nephew.

Services are private.

Donations may go to the ASPCA via www.aspca.org, or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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