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Marjorie Mae Werner

Marjorie Werner, 94, of Tingley, Iowa, passed away January 24, 2015, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mt. Ayr, Iowa.

She was born December 4, 1920, in Lenox, Iowa, to Joshua "Joker" and Merzetta (Fender) Hillebran. She attended school in Beaconsfield through the 11th grade. She graduated from Tingley High School in 1938. She married Elton Werner on March 16, 1941, in Shannon City, Iowa. She spent most of her life in Ringgold County except for two years in California.

Marjorie helped Elton on the farm while also running the Southside Café in Tingley as well as cooking for other cafes in the area. She also was a nurse's aide and activity coordinator at the Mount Ayr Health Care for several years as well as being a Hospice volunteer for a few years.
Marjorie was a lover of music and dancing. In her youth, Marjorie, her sisters, and their father performed at many social events and dances. In high school she played saxophone in a dance band on the weekends. This love of music was later expressed through her leadership and participation with the Tingley Kitchen Band, Friday Singers, and The Echoes.

Marjorie was a member of the Tingley Methodist Church and was also active in Republican Women's Group, Evening Literature Club, Creative Writing, "T"-Club, and the Tingley UMW. She was a regular at the Tingley Meal Site where she loved playing bingo and washing dishes.
Marjorie outfitted many, many a friend with hand-crocheted slippers, hats, scarves, shawls, and afghans. When Marjorie was not crocheting, she was either reading or writing poetry and stories. She never lost interest in current events or in sharing her opinion.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Jeannette Buell of Plattsmouth, NE, Patricia (Rodger) Loudon of Minneapolis, MN, Carolyn Werner Sheldon of Mesquite, NV, and Jim (Ann) Werner of Diagonal, IA; nine grandchildren, twenty (one pending) great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren, a sister Pauline Murphy of Mount Ayr, several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Elton, sons-in-law Gary Buell and James Sheldon, and her sister Opal Webb.
Over the course of their 51 years of marriage, Elton and Marjorie had a positive impact on many youth, at times welcoming them into their home and raising them as their own. Marjorie had a strong faith. She touched the lives of many people of all ages throughout her lifetime.

  • Visitation

    January 30, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    January 30, 2015
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    January 31, 2015
    11:00 AM

    United Methodist Church

    Tingley, IA

  • Burial

    January 31, 2015
    12:00 PM

    Tingley Cemetery

    Tingley, IA


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Guestbook

My mother Maude Hillebran Gleason was a sister of Marjorie''s father and many years ago I met Marjorie in Iowa. I send my condolence to her family.

Posted by Leta Gleason Olson - Pampa, TX - cousin   June 07, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our sympathies on the loss of your Mother. Marjorie was certainly one of those special people who made Ringgold County such a good place to grow up. May your memories bring you comfort.

Posted by Sally (Saville) Stephens and Jim Stephens - lakewood, CO - Friends   February 04, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Marjorie. She was a wonderful person and was always smiling. I am sorry for your loss. She will certainly be missed. It is never easy to say good-bye, especially to your parents. I am thinking of you in this difficult time and have great memories of Marjorie

Posted by Julie Routh - Omaha, NE - friend   February 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Majorie always treated me like one of her own. We shared the same birthday and when I was younger she always sent me a card. She was a very special lady. Jeanette she will be missed. Thinking of you all.

Posted by Renante - Princeton, MO   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

What a great lady, always willing to give back to the community! She donated a number of large print books to the Ellston Library for others to enjoy. We appreciated her and her love of reading and sharing.

Posted by Nancy Derscheid & Ellston Library - Ellston, IA - friend   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

All the time we''ve known her she was always delightful. She had a positive attitude. We will miss seeing her at the Tingley Alumni Banquet. In 2013 she sang and lead the Tingley Fight Song to the which was the music of "Stars and Stripe Forever." She lived her life to the fullest!

Posted by Donald & Barbara Dukes - 2262-210th St, Bronson, IA - Freinds   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I want to extend my sympathies to Marjorie''s family. I remember her fondly from the neighboring farm and being friends and club members with my folks and Jeanette babysitting us kids. Marjorie mentored me in my high school poetry efforts, so helpful and encouraging. I think of her often and smile. Dianne (Johnson) Miller

Posted by Dianne (Johnson) Miller - Denison, IA - old neighbor   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My Aunt Marjorie- one of the most courageous, strongest, and loving women I''ve known. She was kind to people and animals alike. She loved working. She will be missed by all.

Posted by Richard l. Garland - Ankeny,Ia, IA - nephew   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I knew Marjorie and Elton well. They were two of the most caring unselfish people the world will ever know.

Posted by harry cornelison    January 29, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I messed up my original attempt.
Marjorie was a ray on sunshine anytime I was in her oresence. Always a ball of energy and always ready to participate or help out with whatever was being planned. We all have lost a special lady.

Posted by Sally Breckenridge Drake - Medford, WI - friend   January 29, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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