Marjory Fern Townsend was born September 20, 1932 in Webster, South Dakota to James and Emily Feller Murray. Marjory (Mom) passed away peacefully on November 21, 2020 at the age of 88 in Webster, SD cradled in the arms of Lord Jesus as she once lovingly cradled her eight children.
Marjory was married at the age of 18 to Russell Andrew Townsend. Together they started their own family farm in the Andover/Ferney area.
Marjory was a member of the United Methodist Church in Groton, South Dakota. Her eight children were all baptized and confirmed in this church. Marjory was not only a member but held leadership positions over the years including UMW (United Methodist Women) President and Secretary, and the UMW Membership and Nurture committee. Mom was a woman of faith who took comfort from praying The Lord’s Prayer and singing church hymns. When the farm needed rain, she could be heard singing There Shall be Showers of Blessings.
Marjory touched many lives with her quiet presence and ready smile. Mom's kitchen was a gathering place for good food, good memories, much laughter and love. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren whether reading or singing to them, sharing her memories, and her baked treats.
Celebrating her life through memories are her surviving children: David (Judy) Townsend of Denver, Colorado; Gary (Julie) Townsend of Sioux Falls; Janell (Larry) Little of Madison, SD; Bonnie Townsend of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Janet Deuel of Aberdeen; Dona (John) Schulte of Derby Kansas; Laura (Gene) Soukup of Wagner; daughter-in-law Jolene Townsend of Conde; sister-in-law Velma (Mel) Pibal of Minneapolis, Minnesota; 25 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband Russell, son Alan Townsend, son-in-law Dean Deuel, her parents, her husband's parents, her brothers Jim Murray and Bob Murray, special friend Marlys Rodman and brothers and sisters-in-law.
Honorary pallbearers are all her children and grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to Mom's church home, the Groton United Methodist Church.
On Saturday November 28, 2020, a public viewing will be held at Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel from 10:00 to 11:00; family may not be present. A private viewing for family will be held from 11:00 to 12:00 and a 12:30 graveside service for immediate family at Scotland Cemetery, Rural Verdon, South Dakota. Masks and social distancing guidelines are requested by the family.
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