Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Washta United Methodist Church. Carolyn Hollar will officiate. Burial will be in the Sunset View Cemetery at Washta.
Visitation will be on Monday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Visitation with family present will be on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until service time at the Washta church.
Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Marjorie Jean O'Neal was born to Clyde and Mabel (Smith) O'Neal at Washta, on Oct. 15, 1926. She continued to live in Washta until April 23, 2012 when she moved to Heartland Care Center in Marcus due to ill health.
Marjorie was baptized at Washta United Methodist Church as an infant in 1926 and confirmed in 1940 and continued to be a faithful member of the Church for her entire life. She played the piano for church services for 25 years as well as for many weddings and funerals.
In 1932 Marjorie entered first grade at Washta Consolidated School and graduated in 1944. She then entered Buena Vista College for the summer session. In the fall of 1944, she started teaching at Silver #8 in Cherokee County. She taught there for two years and then one year at Grand Meadow School. The next 39 years she taught in the elementary at Washta and Willow. Marjorie graduated from Buena Vista in 1962 with her B.A. degree before retiring in 1986. In 1945 Marjorie joined the Washta Rebekah Lodge #373, where she was a member for over 50 years. Some of Marjorie's hobbies included crocheting, knitting, sewing, doing counted cross stitch and embroidery.
Marjorie's mother passed away when Marjorie was 11 years old. Immediately she became a homemaker for her father and herself until his death in 1965.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother Marion Dean and a very dear friend and housemate for 20 years, Sarah E. Jones, as well as many other relatives and friends.
She leaves to mourn cousins, Helen Hudson and family and Russell Mundy and family. After the death of their parents, they became like adopted children. Also, left to mourn are two very close friends, Ruby Wych and Judy Bowman, and other cousins and friends.