JEFFREY, Marjorie Louise (Carspecken)|
Marjorie Louise Carspecken Jeffrey slipped peacefully from this earth at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren late in the evening of April 1, 2014.
Marjorie Louise Carspecken was a Midwestern girl. She was born on January 13th in 1928. She was the eldest of three sisters known around Burlington, Iowa simply as the "Carspecken girls". She had an early passion for drama and music and organized her own neighborhood acting troupe. This passion developed into a promising talent which led her to the University of Iowa's Drama Department to study under the renowned EC Mabie.
In 1946 all acting plans were set aside when, on February 8, she eloped to Hiawatha, Kansas to marry her high school sweetheart, Robert Campbell Jeffrey. They began their married life in Iowa City, Iowa while Robert finished school at the University of Iowa. His career took them to Mount Vernon, Iowa, Charlottesville, Virginia, Bloomington, Indiana and finally to Austin, Texas in 1968. They raised a family of five children. Marjorie was a steadfast and devoted mother who loved her children and grandchildren fiercely and unconditionally.
Robert passed away in April of 2000. Marjorie loved him until the hour of her death and beyond...
Marjorie is survived by her children, Robert (Christina), Paula (Tom), Douglas, Nora and Margaret "Megan" (Richard); her beloved grandchildren, Ashleigh, Andrew, Jacob (Hilde), Dylan, Marjorie, Cameron, Caileigh and McKenna; her great grandchildren, Tony, Benito, Finn and Bronte; her brothers-in-law Edgar and Dick (Diane) and sister-in-law Lucille; cherished nieces and nephews, Laurie, Sue, Tim, David, Marla, John, Jill, Ginger and Jeff. She is predeceased by her parents, Paul and Louise Carspecken, her husband, Robert and her sisters, Jeanne and Mimi.
Mass will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:30pm at St. Theresa's Catholic Church at 4311 Small Drive in Austin. Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.
The family wishes to thank the staff at A MED Hospice, especially Pat, Connie, April and Rose, Dr. Michael Williams, the employees at the Starbucks at Rockwood and Anderson, and her neighbor and friend, Lucy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Des Moines County Historical Society located at 501 North 4th St, Burlington, Iowa 52601
All burdens lifted, all darkness, light....
Only love remains
"Now voyager, come home, come home to rest.
Lay down your fiery burden and be blest, be blest..."
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 6 to Apr. 11, 2014