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Marjorie Emma Lief
December 9, 1919 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 104) 104 Years Old
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Marjorie Emma Lief, 104, of Willmar, died Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. Her memorial service will be held at a later date at Bethesda Grand Chapel in Willmar with interment in Clover Leaf Cemetery in Willmar. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, www.hafh.org.
Marjorie Emma Lief was born December 9, 1919, to Clarence and Emma (Dickson) Danielson in Willmar. She grew up in Willmar and graduated from Willmar High School in 1938. On April 8, 1941, Marjorie was united in marriage to Russel Lief in La Bolt, SD. They made their home in Willmar where Marjorie stayed home to raise their children: Shirleen, Beverly, Jannette, Barbara, Paul and Timothy. While she was pregnant with their third daughter, Russel went off to World War II. Once their children were grown, Marjorie began working as a nurse’s aide in Willmar. She was a lifelong member of First Covenant Church in Willmar where she served as a Sunday school teacher, and on serving committees throughout the years.
Three words describe Marge best, gracious, giving and compassionate. She was always so gracious for the smallest deed: a small favor, shopping outing, flowers, or just a visit. She always made you feel special for thinking of her.
You never left her house without being fed homemade cookies or treats. The candy dish was always full in case you only had room for a small something, and the coffee was always on. Her strong Faith made compassion for others second nature, always attending to their needs.
She enjoyed beautifying her yard with flowers, was an avid reader, and of course she loved baking. Having her family gathered together for the holidays was one of her greatest joys. Playing Skip-Bo with her Grandkids is a special memory. She loved any kind of board game, especially Scrabble. The Centennial Apartments had a COVID lockdown rogue Scrabble group that gathered covertly to play well into the wee hours.
Marjorie is survived by her daughters: Jannette Harberts and Beverly (Robert) Rybak; sons: Paul (Virginia) Lief and Timothy Lief; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, Roger Danielson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russel; parents, daughters: Shirleen Severson and Barbara Nichols; grandsons: John and Greg Kellner and Tony Rybak, brother, James Danielson, and sister, Ann Johnson.