The Ottumwa Courier


December 27, 2012

Marjorie Gambell, 92, Hedrick

HEDRICK — Marjorie M. Gambell, 92, of Hedrick, died Dec. 23, 2012, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa.

She was born March 9, 1920, in Hedrick, the daughter of John Burton and Freece Baldwin Swearingen. On Sept. 6, 1939, she was united in marriage to Richard Gambell at Hedrick. Richard passed away on Dec. 15, 1988.  

She graduated from Hedrick High School in 1937. Following graduation, she attended Iowa Success Business School in Ottumwa and worked for O.W. Stoltz Brokerage Company. Marjorie was a lifelong member of Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church and also a member of Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Women, along with being a 50-year-plus member of Ollie Chapter Eastern Star. She also belonged to the ODO Club and the Friendly Hour Club.

Marjorie was an avid gardener for many years and enjoyed cooking and baking, especially her angel food cake. She always made sure nobody left the house hungry. She enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball teams. Marjorie was the ROCK and LOVE of the family.

Her family includes two sons, R. Stanley (Connie) Gambell of Hedrick and Lyle B. Gambell of Hedrick; a daughter, Janice (Lyle) Shaw of Southbury, Conn.; four grandchildren, Doug (Christy) Gambell and Brad Gambell, both of Hedrick, Greg (Vicky) Shaw of Williamsburg, Va., and Christine (John) Cowart of San Diego, Calif.; nine great-grandchildren, Andrew, Haley, Taylor, McKenna, Maci, Austin, Tyler, Philip and KayLeigh; two great-great-granddaughters, Carlie Rae and Carter Elaine; along with many nieces and nephews; and her many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a sister, Helen Daniels

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday in the Fremont Funeral Chapel in Fremont; with Rev. Bill Hornback officiating and Rev. Carl Benge assisting. Burial will follow in the Brooks Cemetery near Hedrick.

Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. today at the Fremont Funeral Chapel, with the family present at the funeral chapel from 4–6 p.m. to greet friends and relatives.

Fremont Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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