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February 21, 2024 - 00:00
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The world lost a beautiful mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She was born on Dec. 28, 1968, in Navasota, Texas, to Tommy and Emily Lebeck and passed away on Feb. 13, 2024, at the age of 55, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Marilyn battled cancer, but it never stopped her from living her best life. She was very determined to make the most out of the worst situation.

Marilyn worked for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for most of her career. She served this agency faithfully for over 30 years. Marilyn helped to support and elevate the entire Extension Agent Network through her role as the Assistant to the Director of County Operations under Dr. Donald Kelm, Dr. Jeff Ripley, and Dr. Darrell Dromgoole. She also served the agency through her work with the TALL program, the State 4-H Office, and as a support staff member in the Brazos County and Grimes County Extension offices. Marilyn truly enjoyed her job and formed many close friendships with AgriLife Extension. She received many awards in her career, notably the Superior Service Award in 2019. Her colleagues knew her as a very loyal and supportive friend. She was big-hearted, and everyone enjoyed her perpetual smile.

Marilyn’s colleagues are establishing the Marilyn Frenzel Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications at Texas A&M University. Through the A&M Foundation, this scholarship will serve as a testament to her enduring impact and provide invaluable support to full-time students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Fallon was Marilyn’s pride and joy. The most joy Marilyn received was watching Fallon grow up into a beautiful, successful young woman and meeting the man of her dreams, Chalon. Marilyn also loved to spend time at the pig barn almost every evening once Fallon started showing pigs in the 8th grade. Even after Fallon graduated, she continued to help Greg’s kids with the pig projects. Marilyn was always in charge of the skin and hair of the pigs and was a big reason for all of the kids’ successes in the show ring. Marilyn loved her sports and would attend the kids’ sporting events, whether baseball, track, football, or softball. She was almost always by Greg’s side and was one of their biggest cheerleaders.

Marilyn is survived by her loving daughter, Fallon, and husband, Chalon Pratt; her loving soulmate, Greg Kaase; Greg’s children, Mason, Karli, Layni, and Joe Kash; her mother, Emily Lebeck; sisters and brother-in-laws; Dianne and Alan Phillips, Carolyn and Ronnie Warzon; nephew, Doug Warzon and Meredith (fiancé); niece, Ashley and Bobby Archer, and children Max and Aden; uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Forey Frenzel; her father, Tommy Lebeck; and nieces, Allie and Makenzie Phillips.

Marilyn was many things to many people in her lifetime and will be truly missed. One of Marilyn’s last wishes was instead of flowers, she asked for donations to be made to the Plantersville Stoneham Bunch, Inc. (501c3) or the BCYLA Swine Show benefiting the youth of Grimes and Brazos Counties.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions in memory of Marilyn to: Plantersville Stoneham Bunch, Inc, P.O. Box 92, Plantersville, Texas 77363; OR to: BCYLA Swine Show c/o Greg Kaase, 16043 FM 2154, College Station, Texas 77845.