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Marjorie Lovegreen

Marjorie Lovegreen, 89, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 5:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, at University Hospital Columbia, Mo.

Marjorie was born Nov. 12, 1933, in Monticello, Mo., to Barkley and Vera Bronestine Million. She was married to Jim Lovegreen on June 25, 1954, at her mother’s home in Palmyra.

Marjorie Lovegreen

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Jim Lovegreen, Palmyra; sons, Stephen (Teresa), Palmyra; Bill (Carol), Kirksville, Mo.; and Robert (Christy), Palmyra; sisters, Marilyn Powell (Pete), Wasilla Alaska; sister in-law, Judy Million, Palmyra; grandchildren, Adam (Dr. Jennifer), Nicole, Jon (Sara), Courtney, Andrew, Ashton, and Katie Huseman (Ryan); great-grandchildren, Reid, Beckham, Ellie, Vivian and Sloan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Gary Million.

Classy and smart with a natural ability to teach almost anyone, it’s no wonder that Marjorie attended the University of Missouri to gain a degree in education. 

Her formal career in teaching only lasted a few years while she taught at the Aberdeen School in Bel Air, Md., and Palmyra Elementary School. Marjorie continued her career working in the Lovegreen dealerships until recently.

As a wife and mother Marjorie knew how important it was to be well-rounded, not just focusing on book learning but teaching her boys about life through Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, the arts, church and, of course, through travel and nature. 

Marjorie led by example. She was a past worthy matron and a 50-year member of the Eastern Star, past president of the Palmyra Chapter of the P.E.O., a member of the United Methodist Women, Sunday School teacher, and charter member of the Palmyra Moderns Club. 

She looked forward to the many trips and adventures the family took together, fishing in Branson, Mo., traveling to China, Russia, Egypt and Europe and the exciting trip around England in a Volkswagen bus with Barry Woodward as the tour director. 

Marjorie enjoyed being a member of the Palmyra China Painters and working on her many knitting and crocheting projects throughout the year. 

She was also an avid supporter of the Quincy Community Theatre, and especially enjoyed the classics like Oklahoma. She also enjoyed the opera. 

She poured her heart and soul into the people and things she loved. To her family, she was the inspiration to reach greater heights.

Marjorie was a member of Palmyra United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the United Methodist Church in Palmyra. Rev. Eric Anderson and Rev. Robert Axton will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Lovegreen, Ashton Lovegreen, Jon Lovegreen, Adam Lovegreen, Courtney Lovegreen, Katie Huseman and Nicole Lovegreen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Nelson, Bob Dearing, Paul Richards, John Bier, Chester Bross and Jim Brown.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Palmyra.

Friends and family are invited to Marjorie’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

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