Funeral services for Marion DeWall of Austin, Texas formerly of Morris will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Federated Church in Morris, with Reverend Jon Schultz officiating. Visitation will be Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Our dear Mother, Marion Irene DeWall, age 99, died peacefully on July 24, 2016 in Austin, Texas, with daughter Debbie at her side. She leaves behind a legacy that will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Born Marion Ringham on November 16, 1916, in Minneapolis, she lived most of her life in Morris. She moved to an assisted living facility in Austin, TX in 2011 to be near Debbie and her family.
Marion embraced 99 years of a dynamic life filled with love for her family, grace, humor, music and travel. She attended the University of Minnesota for three years, majoring in Romance languages. She worked at Northwestern National Life Insurance in the late 1930s, where she struck up a relationship with Robert (Bob) DeWall. After a courtship of several years, they were married in 1940, raised a family of which they were so proud, and enjoyed traveling the world together. She remained devoted to Bob until his death in 2008 at age 94.
She is lovingly survived by four sons and a daughter: David DeWall (wife Marion) of San Antonio, TX; Tom DeWall (wife Carole) of Carlisle, PA; Jim DeWall of Centennial, CO; Craig DeWall (wife Petra) of White Bear Lake; and Debbie Matustik (husband Mike) of Austin, TX. She leaves behind 12 wonderful grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren (plus another DeWall boy on the way). She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years Bob DeWall, parents Elmer and Selma (Wold) Ringham, and brothers Robert and George.
Marion was a long-time member of the Federated Church of Morris and lent her beautiful alto voice to the choir for decades. She was an outgoing "people person," who was the life of the party and extremely proud of her Norwegian heritage. Marion was equally skilled with a needlepoint needle, a spatula, a deck of cards, a golf club, and a pool cue. A consummate lady always outfitted in a skirt, heels and hose, she entertained frequently in her lovely home, but she could nonetheless quote Twins baseball stats like a pro and beat you at pool and ping pong! She served as a surrogate mother to many foreign exchange students and spent her life dedicated to nurturing her family. Marion will be remembered as a strong and supportive presence in the lives of her family and friends, sharing with us the gifts of music and humor. She never missed the opportunity to bring family and friends together. Holidays in the DeWall household were indeed special occasions, filled with love, great food, music sung in the living room in four-part harmony, and always followed by Hearts and Parcheesi games late into the night. May you rest in peace, sweet Mom.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.