Funeral services for Mrs. Marjorie Ashcraft, 85, of Manilla, formerly of Peterson, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Peterson. Rev. Kim Dewey will officiate the service.
Visitation will begin after 2 p.m. today with the family present from 5-8 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Peterson.
Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Peterson.
Mrs. Ashcraft passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Manilla Care Center in Manilla.
Marjorie Verna Ashcraft, the daughter of George and Elenora (Grage) Macumber, was born June 5, 1927, in Manilla, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Manilla, where she received her education, graduating from Manilla High School in 1945. Her first job after high school was as a clerk and "soda jerk" in Carnahan's Drug Store in Manilla. Later, she was employed as a cashier in the Shelby County State Bank of Manilla.
On Aug. 14, 1949, Marjorie married Henry "Roy" Leroy Ashcraft in Hamburg, Iowa, by Rev. C.C. Latta. Three children were born to this union: Alan, Amy and Brian. The family moved to Calumet in 1954 and later to Sutherland, Iowa, until moving to Peterson in 1959, where they made their home. Marge worked for The Peterson Patriot for 22 years as the editor. She liked to ride her bicycle to work. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, where she served as secretary of her circle. Marge was also very active in veterans' organizations. She enjoyed flowers, birds and trains and continued to nurture this interest through her many books about them. She also enjoyed watching NASCAR races on TV. She moved to Manilla Manor in 2008 to be closer to her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy on Dec. 11, 2002; and a brother, Frank.
Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Alan and his wife, Sandy of Hamlin, Iowa; Amy and her husband, Joseph Galloway of Des Moines; and Brian Ashcraft of La Grange, Ga. and Clarksville, Tenn.; a step-grandson, Carson Galloway of Des Moines; two brothers: James and Glen Macumber, both of Manilla; two sisters: Vera Vollstedt of Manilla and Beulah Pickerel of St. Louis, Mo.; other relatives and friends.
Warner Funeral Home of Peterson is in charge of arrangements.