WEST FRANKFORT - Marion Kramer, 82, of New Salem, N.D., died March 7, 2013, in Elm Crest Manor in New Salem.
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Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Buehler-Larson Funeral Home in Mandan, N.D., with the Rev. Gaylen Lennick officiating. Burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, in North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, south of Mandan. Visitation was from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in Elm Crest Manor in New Salem and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Sunday.
Marion was born April 28, 1930 in West Frankfort, to Oscar and Opal (Burton) McClellan.
On May 17, 1947, she married Riley Everett LeMay in Illinois. Through this marriage they were blessed with three daughers and three sons.
Following Riley's death July 12, 1967, Marion embarked on a new journey with her children and moved to North Dakota in search of a husband.
She settled in New Salem and found her bachelor, Chester Kramer. On March 5, 1973, Marion and Chester were joined in marriage. To-gether they farmed and enjoyed life. Through the years Marion enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her children to be strong through all the ups and downs, and to take life by the horns. When relaxing she enjoyed reading and singing her favorite song, "You Are My Sunshine."
Blessed to have shared her life are her children, Sandra (Donald) Snoddy of Stonefort, Sherry (Keith) Keator, of Bismarck, N.D., Judy (John) Carlson of Kennewick, Wash., Ted (Mary) LeMay, Glen Ullin, N.D., Donald (Sherry) LeMay of Almont, N.D., and Riley (Cindy) LeMay of Bismarck, N.D.; 16 grandchhildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Vinida (Charles) Ramsey of Johnston City; and brother, Donald McClellan of Alabama.
Marion was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Theodore Godbert; husbands, Riley LeMay and Chester Kramer; brother, Oscar McClellan; and sister, Irene Dodig.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Mar. 24, 2013