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Marjorie Carson Woodburn

Majorie Bell Carson, 90, of Woodburn died April 6, 2014, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola.

Services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Osceola. The Rev. Tom Murr officiated. Interment was in Ottawa Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Herndon-Oehlert Post No. 157 American Legion. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Marjorie Bell Durell Carson, daughter of Sindia “Louie” Evelyn Bronson and Alvie Daniel Durell, was born March 30, 1924, at the family farm in Eden Township, Leon, Decatur County.

Marjorie attended West Eden Country School and graduated from Leon High School in 1941.

Marjorie taught at Holden County School (Hamilton Township) and Buzzard Roost County School (Eden Township).

When she was 20 years old, she enlisted in the Naval Reserve. She served her “boot training” at Hunter College, N.Y., and then served at the Naval Air Base in Ottumwa, working in the enlisted personnel office until her discharge in May 1946.

Marjorie returned home and attended Gem City Business School in Quincy, Ill., studying for a CPA degree. She then worked at Decatur County State Bank until her marriage March 21, 1948. to Charles Richard Carson of Woodburn. They made their home on the farm homesteaded by Richard’s great-grandparents, Abraham and Elizabeth Chambers Carson from Pennsylvania.

Marjorie was a charter member of Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., lifetime member of Herndon-Oehlert American Legion Post No. 157 and was a life Legion Auxiliary member.

She served as Jackson Township clerk since 1975, and also was the secretary of Woodburn Methodist Sunday school for many years and taught Bible School.

In 1994, she and Richard were awarded “The Volunteer Hall of Fame” from Gov. Branstad. She received a pin from the Legion Auxiliary for 1,000 hours of volunteer work from the 350-plus lap robes she made for veterans in Knoxville.

Marjorie volunteered many hours at Jackson Township cemeteries.

Marjorie is survived by her children, Judy Barber (friend Larry marker) of Woodburn, Joyce Knight (Albert Jr.) of Lincoln, Neb., John Carson (Donna) of Woodburn, Tom Carson (Sandy) of Osceola and Lisa Hemesath (Tom) of State Center; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Kathryn Hughes of Leon and Pauline Baker of Corydon; brother Jim Durell (Barbara) of Leon; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband in 1999; 4-year-old brother Billy Leon in 1926; father in 1973; mother in 2005; sister Helen in 2008 and three brothers-in-law.

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