Story By Bonnie Bing - Photography By Kacy Meinecke
It’s a whole lot of fun to sit down with Lynn Marshall in what she calls her “headquarters,” which happens to be the family room in the Marshalls’ spacious, Shocker-appointed, east-side home. She and daughter Maggie make visitors feel welcome and the fun begins.
Lynn sat down at the end of the couch that anchors the room. “This is my corner of the compound. Actually this is a humane society with a couch,” she said as two Jack Russell terriers vie for attention and another looks on from a crate. “These two don’t get along so one has to be locked up when they’re in the same room,” she said. Maggie sits nearby, petting their cat, Midnight.
“That blanket is on the table because that’s where the cat sits to watch the birds in that tree,” Maggie said. Sure enough a blanket covers part of a game table in the corner of the room.
Lynn and Maggie had been shopping that afternoon. “We told Gregg when he got home that we’d been shopping so he’s upstairs lying down,” Lynn said, chuckling.
Amid the two crates, the cat’s favorite table and other four-legged creature comforts is a new couch, huge ottoman, leather recliner and a fireplace with television above it. Lynn glanced up at the screen occasionally to check the score of a basketball game. Not surprising since her husband is the men’s head basketball coach at Wichita State.
“This is where I am. I’ve got my books, magazines and reading glasses,” she said. She said she got reading glasses when her mom told her she was holding reading material at arms-length and squinting.
“I’m turning into my mother,” Lynn said, laughing. “Now I wear reading glasses and I’m reading the same books she reads.” At the moment the books on the end table are “Sullivan’s Island” by Dorothea Benton Frank and “The Mercy Oak” by Kathryn R. Wall.
The Marshalls’ son Kellen, a WSU student, doesn’t live at home so when Lynn, Gregg and Maggie watch television, Lynn shares her couch and everyone’s feet are up on the ottoman covered with a throw featuring, of course, the face of a dog.
“Gregg tapes a ton of movies, so we don’t go out to see a movie very often,” she said.
And is there a “guilty pleasure” show they watch? Lynn grinned and said, “OK, we watch ‘The Bachelor.’” And just so you know, they predicted Vanessa would be chosen and they were correct.
Now that basketball season is over and it’s spring, you’ll find Lynn planting flowers and playing golf. “This is the year I’m really going to really work on my game,” she said.