Marjorie Loretta Gartin, daughter of Forrest and Ruth (Persell) Billings, was born January 26, 1928, on a farm in Smith County, Kansas. She passed away April 16, 2016, at Independence House Assisted Living in Lincoln, Nebraska.
As a young girl, Marjorie attended four different rural schools. She attended high school in Franklin, Nebraska, where she earned her diploma in 1945.
Marjorie was united in marriage to Bernard Dean Gartin November 27, 1949. This union was blessed with two sons, Robert and William. Except for several years when she accompanied her husband while he was in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Marjorie and Dean lived in Franklin.
Marjorie worked at several jobs including telephone operator, J.C. Penney store and as assistant to the County Clerk in Franklin. After a short stint at being a cake decorator, she purchased the ladies ready to wear clothing store which became the popular Style Shop of Franklin. Marjorie owned and operated the Style Shop for 23 years. During this time she was honored as Outstanding Business Woman for her district at ceremonies sponsored by the Governor of the state of Nebraska.
Marjorie has been a member of the United Church of Christ, The Order of Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile. She served her community many years as a member of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Her greatest joy in life was her family, her home and her many friends. After the Harlan County Dam was completed, boating with family and friends was a favorite activity.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her father in 1984, her mother in 1986 and her
husband in 2006.
She leaves to mourn her passing her son Robert (wife Lana) of Rocklin, California, her son William (wife Linda) of Fort Worth, Texas, two grandchildren Tom (wife Miranda) and Erin. Her grieving sister Margaret Billings still resides in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A graveside memorial service will be held Friday, July 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery, Franklin, Nebraska, with Pastor Jay Towell officiating.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Franklin, NE 68939