Obituary for Marjorie Childs

Marjorie (Martin) Childs (90) peacefully earned her wings on Sunday evening, November 26, 2017, surrounded by her family members. Marjorie was born June 24, 1927, in Rockford, Minnesota, to Orley and Lillian Martin, the 5th of their 6 children. She married Ray Childs, Jr., on January 10, 1947—a remarkable union that endured until his death in 2008. Initially, they lived on Marjorie’s family farm, then moved to Elk River to farm with her sister and brother-in-law. In 1954, they moved to Northfield, where they raised their family of three girls and became key members of the Little Prairie United Methodist […]

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Marjorie (Martin) Childs (90) peacefully earned her wings on Sunday evening, November 26, 2017, surrounded by her family members.

Marjorie was born June 24, 1927, in Rockford, Minnesota, to Orley and Lillian Martin, the 5th of their 6 children. She married Ray Childs, Jr., on January 10, 1947—a remarkable union that endured until his death in 2008. Initially, they lived on Marjorie’s family farm, then moved to Elk River to farm with her sister and brother-in-law. In 1954, they moved to Northfield, where they raised their family of three girls and became key members of the Little Prairie United Methodist Church. They served as Sunday school teachers, MYF leaders, and enthusiastic supporters of the church. Ray went on to become a lay preacher for the church. Music was always an important part of their lives, and they often were sought out to sing for weddings, anniversaries and other important community events. Marjorie played the piano and guitar and her strong alto voice was ever-present in the choirs. Her love of music was passed on to her 3 daughters, and she supported them as they were active in the schools—especially band and orchestra. She loved to hear about the activities of her grandchildren in later years.

Marjorie was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, several grandchildren, 4 of her six siblings, her son-in-law, many relatives, and her parents. She is survived by three daughters: Sharyn (Philip) Mathews of Storrs, Connecticut, Christine (Richard) Bradford of Brooklyn Park, and Beverly Tuma (Dan Peterson) of Shakopee. Also surviving her are 4 grandchildren Sara and David Mathews, Helix and Klesia Ikuenobe-Tuma, her sister Betty (George) Biskey of Spring Lake Park and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Little Prairie United Methodist Church in rural Dundas. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Visitation will be at Little Prairie United Methodist Church from 4-7PM on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the funeral.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

November 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Little Prairie United Methodist Church
2980 130th St E Dundas, 55019 Get Directions

Visitation

November 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 7:00PM

Little Prairie United Methodist Church
2980 130th St E Dundas, 55019 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: November 30, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Ave S Minneapolis, 55450 Get Directions

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  1. Sharyn Mathews

    Although we are saddened to lose her, Mom was eagerly awaiting her reunion with Dad, and we are certain she is happily singing with him right now. She was a kind soul and a friend to all who met her. She enjoyed her family most of all and had a very strong relationship with her sisters, Evelyn, Alice, and Betty, all throughout her life. She was a strong woman, a trait she has passed on to all of her daughters and even her granddaughter! Cheerful, unflappable and supportive, she worked unquestioningly alongside her husband Ray on the farm. She taught me to ice skate and to love the outdoors. She will be sorely missed!

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