Marjorie Darr, 86, of Alexandria (formerly of Clarissa) passed away on October 31, 2020 at Bethany On the Lake in Alexandria. Memorial services for Marge will be held at at a later date at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Clarissa with Pastor Justin Hesterman officiating. Burial will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Marge was born August 4, 1934 in Wadena, to William & Emily (Jensen) Schultz. She attended school at Freeman Creek through the 8th grade and graduated from the Clarissa High School where she played the trombone. On August 29, 1954, Marge married Harlan Darr at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eagle Bend.
Marge returned to the family farm in Clarissa for the birth of Randee. Upon Harlan’s Army discharge they moved to Joliet, Illinois and bought their first home where Lori was born. Marge was a homemaker and a few years later they moved to South Minneapolis where they owned and operated a Chicken Delight restaurant. In 1969 they bought home in Golden Valley where they lived until retirement and moved to their “nest in the West” in Clarissa. Marge worked in various jobs over the years including grocery cashier, Nursing Assistant, waitress and Medical Records.
Many family vacations were enjoyed including the Black Hills, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Colorado Springs and years of seasonal camping near Brainerd.
An avid reader from a young age, Marge carried on reading with talking books as her vision declined. She loved fishing, time with family – especially when the great-grandchildren started to arrive. Family time was spent playing board games… especially cribbage. Harlan and Marge would play cribbage every morning before going to work and carried on this ritual through retirement. They both achieved their ultimate goal to have a perfect cribbage hand.
Following her mother’s tradition, Marge sent heartfelt greeting cards and messages to so many for birthdays, celebrations and when people needed a lift and some cheer. She felt this was her mission and something she could do with her poor vision.
Marge was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Clarissa. She changed her life March 20, 1972 by joining A.A.
After Harlan’s death Marge moved into the Heritage Place where she made many friendships. October 2019, she moved to Bethany On the Lake and found happiness in the many activities and care she received.
Marge is preceded in death by her parents, husband Harlan and sister Kathleen Scherer. She is survived by her daughters: Randee (Bob) Hall of Clarissa, Lori Field of Ottertail, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
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