Aug. 4, 1920-July 12, 2010
Marjorie L. Leegard, 89, of Detroit Lakes died Monday, July 12, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Marjorie Louise Britton was born to Harry and Edna (Peck) Britton on August 4, 1920 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1938. On May 31, 1942 she was united in marriage to Jerome Leegard at Richwood Lutheran Church, rural Detroit Lakes. They lived and farmed in Hamden Township their entire lives together.
Marjorie was very active in her church and in various women's organizations. This included being past president of the Richwood Lutheran Church and the Richwood Lutheran Parish Council. She also served on the Board of Regents at Concordia College in Moorhead.
Marjorie was a very talented writer. She wrote for Lutheran Women Today and also for The Lutheran. She was also a renowned speaker, speaking at retreats and Bible camps in 17 states. She was recognized by the Gettysburg and Wartburg seminaries for her accomplishments. She was the first woman to serve on the Becker County Fair Board. Her hobbies included painting and rosemaling. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and time spent with her family.
Surviving Marjorie are her husband, Jerome; one son, Jerome Jr. "Jim" (Sharon) Leegard of Detroit Lakes; four grandchildren, Scott (Dawn) Leegard of Detroit Lakes, Julie (William) Berger of Georgetown, Minn., Megan (Luke) Metzinger of Milwaukee, Wis., and Kaitlyn Greenland of Minooka, Ill.; four great grandchildren, Ashley Leegard, Ryan Leegard, Melanie Metzinger and Ava Berger; two sisters, Betty Klomstad and Peggy (Lyle) Leegard, both of Detroit Lakes; sister-in-law, Doris Britton of Detroit Lakes; and son-in-law, Joe (Marna) Greenland of Minooka, Ill.
Preceding her in death were her parents; one daughter, Laurie Greenland; one brother, Donald Britton; and a brother-in-law, Donald Klomstad.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, continuing one hour prior to Friday's services at the church.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, July 16 at Richwood Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, with interment following in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.