|Marjorie E. Anderson, 93, rural Knoxville, died very peacefully Monday, March 12 at Seminary Manor, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Monmouth on September 13, 1918, to Mark and Vivian (Bryan) McCulloch. She married Vergil M. Anderson of Oneida on March 16, 1946, in Monmouth.
She is survived by a son, James (Carolyn) Anderson of Danville, IL and a daughter, Betsy Hamil, of Monmouth; her grandchildren, Kirk (Katie) Anderson, Danville, Megan Anderson, Chicago, Joe Hamil, McLean, VA and Allison Hamil, Washington D.C.; and one great granddaughter, Farrah Anderson, Danville; and her wonderful caregivers, Marian White, Sandra Wright and Bert Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vergil, in 1956, her parents, and her brother, Roger.
She attended Monmouth High School and had kept in touch with several members of the Class of '35 for many years. She graduated from Monmouth College with degrees in chemistry and biology in 1939 at age 20. She continued at Northwestern University, earning a degree in medical technology in 1940 and worked as a teaching assistant there one year.
She returned to Galesburg and worked in the lab at Galesburg Cottage Hospital until she heard about plans to build a big Army hospital in Galesburg. As soon as it opened she on staff in the lab at Mayo General Army Hospital on north Seminary Street. (After WWII, the facility became Galesburg Research Hospital.) She enjoyed working there until she and Vergil married in 1946. They farmed east of Knoxville. After Vergil's death, she returned to her career, working as Chief Laboratory Technologist at the Galesburg Red Cross Blood Center for 20 years. After retiring, she cared for her parents in Monmouth for several years. Always wanting to help others, she looked after family members whenever there was a need. She enjoyed her grandchildren immensely. She also enjoyed mowing and keeping her yard in good shape, as anyone who drove by on Rte. 150 knows.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Knoxville, where she was quite active for many years, Knoxville Order of Eastern Star #880, and MYN, a faithful group of neighbors who met monthly for cards and dessert.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the First Christian Church in Knoxville, Illinois, Rev. David Shreeves officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, prior to the funeral. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Galesburg, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Knoxville or the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.