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Marjorie A. Newkirk

11/30/1930 - 04/27/2021


Obituary For Marjorie A. Newkirk

Marjorie A. Newkirk, 90, of Marshall passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at The Living Center in Marshall, MO. She was born on November 30, 1930 in Huron, SD the daughter of Ernest Kobes and Marjorie (Pierce) Kobes, who preceded her in death.

On June 1, 1958 in Rapid City, SD she was united in marriage to Duane Newkirk, who resides in Sedalia.

Marjorie raised her family including three children on Rimrock Highway in Rapid City, SD. In her early years she enjoyed playing the organ at Big Bend Presbyterian Church. Marjorie enjoyed crocheting in her early years making blankets for family members.

After her and her husbands retirement they decided to become "Snow Birds" in Sun City West, AZ. Living there for 28 years before moving to Sedalia to be near their daughter Diane. In November of 2019, Marjorie and Duane moved into Cedarhurst Assisted Living, in Sedalia. In December of 2020, due to failing health, Marjorie moved to the Living Center in Marshall, MO.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her twin daughters, Donna (Glen) Strausser of Surprise, AZ and Diane Wilbern of La Monte, MO; a son, Ken (Donna) Newkirk of Loveland, CO; five grandchildren, Stacy (Cody), Megan (Al), Jeremy (Alison), Matthew, and Aurora; five great grandchildren, Alexis (Miguel), Albert, Isabella, Lindsay, and Molly, and two great great grandchildren, Noah and Amiya; and several nieces and nephews.

After Marjorie's passing, her nurse noticed a red Cardinal perched on a wooden fence outside her room. This signifies that Marjorie is watching over her family while they grieve her loss.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Roger Kobes.

In keeping with Marjorie's wishes there will be no public services planned. The family will gather for a private memorial service at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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  • Sis, such wonderful memories of you and Duane stopping by our home in Plattsburg, MO on your way to Arizona. The many times we had with my brother Gene and Carter at our homes in Tucson and at your home in Sun City West. We were so sorry to lose contact with you after you moved to Sedalia, but we want you to know we never forgot about you and Duane. You will be sadly missed, God Bless your family. Judy and Jim Lenzini Tucson

  • On behalf of the congregation of Big Bend Presbyterian church, we wanted to reach out and let you know we are thinking and praying for you. When I first became clerk to session, I read through the historical tellings and picture books of the church and I remember your family being an integral part of the founding of Big Bend Presbyterian church. Without such devotion we would not have such a beautiful place to worship God. For that we are eternally grateful. We will continue to lift all of you in prayer during this sad time. May God's love, peace, and mercy bless and comfort each of you as you share your memories. With our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom, the congregation of Big Bend Presbyterian Church.

  • Mom: I want to thank you for being my mom for over 61 years. It makes me sad that you are no longer with us on earth but it does give me peace that you are in Heaven. Thank you for all the great memories which I will keep in my heart forever! You havn't been in Heaven very long but I am missing you already! I love you so much Mom and someday we will together again! Love, your daughter Donna

  • Marjorie was a wonderful mother-in-law. She accepted me from the very first time she met me at Ken's graduation from CSU. She was genuinely happy when I married her only son a few years later. She came up to Alaska after our son and our daughter were born. She spent at least 2 weeks each time, helping me in the simplest but most profound ways one can help a new mother. She made the beds. She did dishes. She cooked meals. She did the laundry. All of these things she did on the days when I couldn't even manage to get dressed before noon! I cried when she left each time. We were never able to get together as often as we would have liked, but enjoyed each other's company when we could. We had fun sending for her to join us in Hawaii the first time we took the kids there. We enjoyed the times she and Duane came to Alaska and the times we were able to meet them either in South Dakota or Arizona or Missouri. She was there for some of Aurora's Irish Dance competitions and was there to see Matthew be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. She will be missed.

  • This is a copy of a letter Mom sent me years ago, along with my reply. Ken- LOVE-a hard word for me to say to you or anyone. I never heard that word often in my family. Your Dad and I loved you enough to have you after getting 2 babies the first time. We loved you enough to get you through your health issues as a child and young person. We loved you enough for you and your Dad going hiking together many times-to the top of Long's Peak (CO), to the top of top of Grand Teton (Wyo.), to the top of Granite Peak in Prescott (AZ), the many hikes in the Black Hills-just the 2 of you and with your Scout Troop. We loved you enough to get you through 5 years of college in Ft. Collins, with the help of your Grampa Newkirk. We loved you enough to be there when you married the love of your life-Donna. We loved you enough to come to Alaska driving, 4 times to be with your family and life. And for the times you've come to visit us. I love the very thoughtful birthday and Mother's Day cards, and especially the special card you sent us for Christmas this year. I love you for living the life you have chosen. God Loves you and so do I- Mom Dear Mom, All those years ago, it never occurred to me that it must have been hard for you to let me participate in life.Now that I look back, you could have kept me safe at home. But you didn't. I am sure you knew that I could get hurt because of my seizures. You let me take part in life's activities. And I thank you for life. Not just the life you gave me at my birth, but all that followed. Thank you and I Love You -Ken

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