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Funeral services for Marjorie Wheeler of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Morris will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Morris. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Marjorie V. Wharton was born to Ray and Ruth (Holmes) Wharton on April 18, 1922 on a farm near Dows in Wright County, Iowa. She attended rural school in Franklin County and high school in Dows County. She graduated from high school in Hampton, Iowa. Marge then went on to take teacher training courses in both Hampton and at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. She taught rural school several years before being married to Raymond Wheeler on October 25, 1941. Together, the couple farmed near Dows, Iowa until 1957, when they purchased a farm near Morris, Minnesota, where they farmed until retirement. They continued to live on the farm where she enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing and quilting; making many quilts for her great-grandchildren. Her interests were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved sharing family dinners with as many family members as possible, and as often as possible.
She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Morris and loved teaching Sunday school. She began teaching Sunday school at the age of fifteen at American Union Sunday School and taught off and on for many years. She did not do this to obtain salvation, but because she wanted to serve the Lord who saved her. – Titus 3:5.
During her life, Marjorie celebrated 70 years of marriage to Raymond, and the two welcomed two sons and two daughters. In 2016, several years after Raymond’s passing, Marge went to live with her daughter Mary and son-in-law Tony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Together, the three would take many trips to the east coast, visiting family in Florida, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Marge remained in Sioux Falls until her passing on October 18, 2022; she was 100 years old.
Marjorie is survived by her daughter: Mary (Anthony) Valese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; daughter-in-law, Jodi Wheeler; sister-in-law, Beulah Wharton; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents: Ray and Ruth Wharton; her husband Raymond; children: Roger Wheeler, Douglas (Kathleen) Wheeler, and Margaret Simonson; son-in-law, Wally Hadler; brothers: Robert Wharton, Ronald (Norma) Wharton, Roscoe (Harriett) Wharton; sisters: Joan (Warren) Andreasen, Jean (Fred) Markham, Joyce (Myron) Hackbarth; one great-granddaughter and a great-grandson.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.
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