POTTSBORO — On Dec. 16, at 6:10 p.m. Grayson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a woman who said she needed help in the 900 block of Scott Hill Road in Pottsboro. The woman said there was another woman there covered in blood. That woman turned out to be Marlene Cannon, 70, of Pottsboro. She was flown to Medical City in Plano in critical condition and later died from her injuries.

POTTSBORO — On Dec. 16, at 6:10 p.m. Grayson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a woman who said she needed help in the 900 block of Scott Hill Road in Pottsboro. The woman said there was another woman there covered in blood. That woman turned out to be Marlene Cannon, 70, of Pottsboro. She was flown to Medical City in Plano in critical condition and later died from her injuries.


A statement from the GCSO said Ms. Cannon had been beaten severely. Investigators from the GCSO and the Texas Rangers obtained search warrants for the home and property in order and began their investigation by collecting evidence, taking photographs and gathering information.


Ms. Cannon’s daughter, Mickie Davis, said her mother was a good-hearted person who was honest to a fault and was willing to help almost anyone. "She was a go getter. If somebody else had done it, then she she had the attitude that ‘I can do it too.’" Davis said of her mother.


Davis said her mother moved to the Pottsboro area around 25 years ago and worked as a certified public accountant at a Harley Davidson dealership before retiring. Davis said Ms. Cannon opened a bar and restaurant at the location where she was attacked. "This is just surreal," Davis added.


Casey Mitter, Ms. Cannon’s son, said his mother ran that business for around 10 years before closing it three or four years ago.


"She was remodeling the space," Davis said. "She laid the parquet flooring and did a lot of the taping and bedding." Mitter said his mother "had a lot of heart." He also said his mother’s death is "unbelievable. It’s a whole new world, and there is evil in it."


In addition to her children and grandchildren, Ms. Cannon had a twin sister, Darlene Mortimore. "They were best friends their entire lives and never let (the physical distance between them) get in their way," said Ms. Cannon’s granddaughter.


GCSO’s investigation is ongoing. A memorial service is planned for Ms. Cannon for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection, 607 West Burton, in Sherman.