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Marjorie "Grandma" Perry

Marjorie Ellen Perry was 98 years old, residing with her daughter Angie and son-in-law Bill Hynek of rural Ellston at the time of her death. She passed away January 5, 2018 at home from congestive heart failure.

Marjorie was born November 13, 1919 on a farm, 3 miles south of Farragut, Iowa to Sam and Viola (McCrary) McAllister. She was born at home and the third of six children. She learned the value of hard work growing up on a farm during the depression, but it was a good life. She was excited to get electricity, in-door plumbing, a radio, a Model T, a tractor, a refrigerator, graveled roads, make-up, and the list goes on. In 1937, Marjorie graduated from Farragut High School and went on to earn a two year teaching certificate from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville, MO in 1940. Her first teaching job was in New Market, IA. During the summer of 1942, she attended summer school at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, CO and met her future husband, Richard C. Slee, a cadet in the Air Force. They were married on June 5, 1943 in Pasadena, CA and she followed him from air base to air base, picking up odd jobs along the way. When WWII ended, the couple moved to Columbus, Ohio where their first child Pamela was born on May 11, 1947 and Rich completed his bachelor degree in art education from Ohio State. In September of 1949, the couple moved to Des Moines, IA where Rich accepted a Lincoln High School art teaching position and Marjorie enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, giving birth to Gregory on Jan 1, 1950. On July 21, 1951, Angela was born and Rich was again in the Air Force. This time stationed in Korea. This ended his involvement with the family. Marjorie went back to Greeley and completed her 4 year teaching certificate in 1955. She supported her family by teaching elementary school in Shenandoah for the next 25 years. In 1960, Marjorie divorced Rich and married Virgil Perry on July 10, 1960. Virgil was the father of four boys and the manager of Brown's Shoe Fit. Marjorie continued to teach and acquired her master of education from Northwest Missouri State. After retiring in 1975, Marjorie and Virgil enjoyed wintering 21 years in Bradenton, Florida. After 37 years of marriage, Virgil died in 1998 and Marjorie built a home on Sun Valley Lake and enjoyed 10 golden years there. At the age of 91, Marjorie turned her home over to son Greg and moved to the nearby farm of daughter Angie and Bill Hynek.

As a teacher, Marjorie was a natural storyteller and artist, preparing countless programs for community organizations. She enjoyed tole painting, oil painting, and china painting. She was a life-long learner and loved traveling. In 1972, they traveled to the Holy land only to later watch the evening news and see the hotels and sites destroyed by bombs. She took many Caribbean cruises and most recently a cruise to Hawaii. She kept her mind engaged playing cards, computer games, and bingo at the Tingley Meal Site. She loved being the "Weather Lady" for KSOI radio the past five and a half years and meeting her listeners when the opportunity arose. She kept physically active by being an avid walker until her age limited her to a recumbent bike. She was a smorgasbord Protestant: a Congregationalist in childhood, a Presbyterian in mid-life, and a Methodist in senior-life. She was active in 4-H, Toastmistresses, and DAR. She invested in the future by annually giving her Shenandoah High School Marjorie Perry Teacher Scholarship and spending time with her 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and many lady friends.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, and siblings Beth (Russ) Parrish, Duane (Alice) McAllister, Keith (Louise) McAllister, and Merlin (Sylvia) McAllister. She is survived by her sister Jeanne (Roy) Nelson; her children and their spouses Pam (Greg) Shearer, Greg (Diana) Slee, and Angie (Bill) Hynek; her grandchildren Heather (Steve) Ingracia, Havala Rahn, Tom (Jen) Shearer, Christy (Lance) Ott, Mark (Katie) Shearer, Sam Slee, Katt Slee, Joe (Annie) Hynek, Amy (Stacy) McFarland, Amanda (Karl) Groszkruger; and her great-grandchildren Nate Ingracia, Rose Ingracia, Ben Ingracia, Zach Ingracia, Mary Kate Ingracia, Paige Shearer, Callee Shearer, Liam Shearer, Graham Shearer, Bailey Rahn, Savannah Rahn, Julian Rahn, Tyler Ott, Luke Ott, Owen Shearer, Nora Shearer, Emmet Shearer, Gus McFarland, Leo McFarland, Zayn Hynek, and Darby Groszkruger.

A memorial fund has been established for the Tingley Meal Site.

Services: 2:00 pm – Monday, January 8, 2018 – Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sun, Jan. 7
Family Present: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sun, Jan. 7 – Armstrong Funeral Home
Burial: Ellston Cemetery - Ellston
Memorial: Tingley Meal Site

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I am thinking of you Angi and your family at the loss of your wonderful mother. She led such an interesting life, living life to the fullest. No wonder you have such a wonderful family all following in her footsteps!

Kathy Mcfarland Jan 13 2018 12:00 AM

It was wonderful knowing Grandma. Learning to paint in so many ways and in different styles is something I never would have learned from anyone else. Thanks for encouraging my creativity and willingness to try new things.

Anonymous Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

I'm so so very sorry for your loss i will really miss her weather reports and I'm really sorry i couldn't make it to the visitation or funeral you guys are like another family to me. I do love y'all if you guys need anything let me know

Justin Faris Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Grandma's passing. So glad she was able to travel with the family to Hawaii! Cherish all your memories. Prayers for all.

Jim and Becky Hagen Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Marjorie's death. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. Mrs Perry was a teacher. That says it all. What a wonderful woman. I'll treasure her last Christmas letter.

Barbara Cunningham Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

I had Mrs Perry in school and also enjoyed visiting with her at family get togethers. What an amazing lady! She touched many lives.

Denise ( Jones) Jardon Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

I've know Marjorie and her family for years. She was such a kind lady. Prayers and thoughts to the family for your loss. She will be greatly missed.

Rita Gibson Jan 7 2018 12:00 AM

Our heartfelt sympathy go out to Marjorie's family & friends. She was a wonderful lady with a very caring heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hugs. Larry & Colleen Thomas

Larry & Colleen Thomas Jan 6 2018 12:00 AM

What an amazing lady who loved her family and had a tremendous zeal for life, her faith, and for sharing with everyone. She inspired many of the teaching lessons that I did with her daughter Pam through her stories, her own past lessons, her sea shell collection, her love of books, and by letting us camp at her home for a lesson plan retreat of our own. She was a great role model for how to love life and live it with her family and friends. May God bless each of you as you share memories and celebrate her 98 years of life. My prayers go up for you so you can keep smiling like she always did. Thanks for sharing her with me.

Ann Athy Jan 6 2018 12:00 AM

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