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Marjorie was born on January 13, 1920, on a farm in Franklin, Nebraska, to Gustav and Grace (Hogeland) Splattstoesser. As the oldest of six children, she helped care for her siblings - Maxine, Mildred, Walter, Harold and Glenn. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1937.
On January 21, 1939, she married Reynold Clinton Beck in the parsonage of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Dakin, Nebraska. The couple had two children, Sandra Lee and James Edward. They lived in Franklin until 1954 and moved to Hebron where Reynold began work at Korff Lumber. They returned to Franklin in 1975 and Reynold worked at Plank Lumber until he retired.
During WWII Marjorie worked as an operator at the local telephone company.
Marjorie was first and foremost a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and friend. She was active in her church and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, serving as President in 1981 and 1989. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Marjorie had a passion for art and began oil painting in her 60's. She created many beautiful paintings, and many of her paintings were of her beloved Nebraska landscape. She enjoyed sharing her work with family and friends. She was a member of the Franklin Art Group and her paintings were often on display.
Marjorie is survived by her son Jim and wife Ruby of Aurora, Colorado, son-in-law Don Gardner of Minden. Grandchildren: Lanette Gleason and husband Calvin of Holdrege, Lori Cribelli and husband Adam of Cambridge, Chelley Gardner of Monroe, NC; Rodney Gardner and wife Erin of Charlotte, NC; B.J. Gardner and wife Angie of Nora, Ginger Wangler and husband Nick of Franktown, CO; Jon Beck and wife Shane of San Tan Valley, AZ; 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, and brother Glenn Splastoesser and wife Lucy Lorraine.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Reynold, her brothers Walter and Harold, and sisters Maxine and Mildred, and daughter Sandra.
A celebration of life service for Marjorie M. Beck will be (was) Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., at the Grace Lutheran Church, Franklin, Nebraska, with Pastor Chad Boggs officiating. Congregational hymns will be sung (were sung), were "Amazing Grace", "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", and "How Great Thou Art," with Mrs. Laura Adam, organist. Casket bearers were: Rodney Gardner, Bradley Gardner, Jon Beck, Sean Gleason, Doug Plank, and Neil Plank. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery, Franklin, Nebraska. The family suggests memorials to the Church in memory of Marjorie. Visitation was Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home. Online condolences maybe left at www.hutchinsfh.com. Hutchins Funeral Home, Franklin, Nebraska was in charge of service arrangements.
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