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Marjorie Jean Rhodes was born in Johnson County, rural Kalona, Iowa on September 6, 1927. She was the daughter of Frank and Lavanda (Preston) Rhodes. She attended rural Lincoln school and graduated from Kalona High School in 1945 after which she attended State Teacher's College. Marjorie was baptized at East Union Mennonite Church where she was a lifelong member. On September 17, 1950 she was united in marriage to Clarence (Pete) Gingerich and the couple farmed in rural Parnell. Marjorie enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her granddaughers and great grandchildren.
Survivors include her son Ed (Mary Lou) Gingerich of Parnell, Iowa, three granddaughters; Julie (Kyle) Birky, Ranee (Justin) Brokaw, Heidi (Caleb) Gingerich Detweiler, six great grandchildren; Isaac, Molly and Hazel Birky, and Luke, Tessa and Hudson Brokaw, one sister: Wanda Miller of Kalona and one brother: John Rhodes of Boise, ID.
Preceding Marjorie in death were her parents, her husband Clarence in 2008, one son: Gary Gingerich in 1981, one granddaughter: Andrea Gingerich, one brother: Robert Rhodes and her twin sister: Margaret Bontrager.
6/6/2014 Ed, Mary Lou and Family, A loss of one as precious as a Mother and a Grandmother is a tremendous loss no matter at what age all of the ones loving Marjorie are at this sad time.Grief guidance/Hospice, etc., wisdom shares that with every loss come secondary losses and those secondary losses (losses of family home, family farmland, loss of Marjorie's important role in all your lives leaves a hole in your lives which only God can fill.Share memories, repeat stories, write some important memories down for esp. the grandchildren/great grands.It is important to know "who our people" were to understand ourselves.Love, Curtis and Rachael Roth
Curtis and Rachael (Reschly) Roth Jun 6 2014 12:00 AM