|Marjorie Wyckoff, 89, of Merritt Island, Fla., formerly of Galesburg, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Merritt Island Health Care Center, Merritt Island, Fla.
She was born March 1, 1922 in Colchester, Ill. to Clinton and Nora Wilson. She married Louis R. Wyckoff, January 17, 1942 in Kahoka, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1990.
Surviving are two daughters, Beverly (and Brooks) Jackson of Washington, D.C., and Debra K. Corban of Merritt Island, Fla., and four grandchildren, Josh Corban of Vicksburg, Miss.; Jeb Corban of Denver, Colo; Dr. Courtney Jackson Blair of Arlington, Va.; and Mark Jackson of Brooklyn, N.Y. Great grandchildren are Chloe Marie Blair and Duncan Zachary Blair of Arlington.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harold Wilson and a sister, Eva Parks.
Marjorie was born into the Illinois farming life. She and Louis lived with their family around Macomb, Monmouth, Alexis and Galesburg until they moved into Galesburg in 1961. She had been primarily a traditional farm wife with two daughters, a loving home filled with pets, the constant buzz of the sewing machine, crocheted rag rugs, 4-H Club projects, garden crops being canned on hot summer days in big kitchens, and huge meals for seasonal farmhands and family gatherings. Her specialties were meatloaf, fried chicken, chocolate cakes, Jello salads, green beans and mashed potatoes. Later, her favorite meals were "anything I don't have to cook!"
Marjorie added "working mother" to her resume in about 1955 when she trained to be a nurse's aide at the former Galesburg State Research Hospital, commuting daily from Alexis. She was so proud of that white uniform. She also worked in the Gizmo snack bar at Knox College, where she dipped ice cream and functioned as an unofficial mother and "therapist" to endless college students far from home and was a huge fan of the theater program and art shows. In later years she became a volunteer with the Galesburg Hospice.
Wherever Marjorie worked or travelled, she took pictures, sent endless picture postcards, collected friends and made scrapbooks of her favorite things. She made hundreds of photo albums, journals and scrapbooks throughout her life. She was a dedicated correspondent and loved staying in touch by phone, letter and greeting cards, often sending over 100 in a year. Her Christmas list was long, she didn't like "losing people" and was frustrated in recent years when she couldn't write or send cards like in the old days because of arthritis and failing eyesight.
Marjorie was often the tallest girl in her school and played on the girls basketball team in high school. She graduated from Colchester High School in 1940 and moved to Macomb where she worked and lived with her sister and family. During that time she met and married Louis Wyckoff. They had over 50 years together before his passing in 1990.
During the farming years she was a member of Coldbrook Christian Church, involved with other church and community groups around Alexis and North Henderson, assisted with 4-H Club activities with her daughters and made most of their clothes for many years...until they took over the sewing machine.
During the decades on West North St in Galesburg, she and Louie were unofficial grandparents to dozens of local children on nearby blocks. She kept snacks, treats, coloring books and other toys ready for them and was always there to share stories with them after school.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. James Ecklund will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg. Marjorie personally asked that friends not send flowers but instead to make a donation to the Humane Society of America at The HSUS, Dept MEMIT9, 2100 L, NW, Washington, DC 20037 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.