A Celebration of Life for Margaret Medlar Marvin, 95, Lawrence, will be Saturday, March 20,2010 at 1:30 pm at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Inurnment will be in Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska at a later date. Mrs. Marvin died Sunday, February 28, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Margaret was born March 21, 1914 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Arthur W. and Lucy R. (Fiske) Medlar.
She graduated in 1935 with a BA degree from the University of Chicago. Before becoming a full-time homemaker, Margaret was employed as a social worker in Nebraska and at settlement houses in Chicago, Illinois and Providence, Rhode Island.
Margaret enjoyed reading, playing the organ, making enamel-on-copper pieces and teaching the craft to others, attending plays and concerts, and spending time with family and friends. She was the keeper of family stories and mementos. She traveled the world, visiting North America, Europe Asia and even the Arctic Circle. Margaret had a fine mind and a wonderful sense of humor.
She married Burton W. Marvin on January 15, 1938 in Lincoln, NE. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1979. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Louise and a sister, Faith Logan.
She is survived by: a daughter, Anne Marvin and husband Michael Caron, Lawrence; and two sons, Charles and wife Betsy Wilson Marvin, Atlanta, GA, and Robert and wife Patricia Marvin, Lawrence and ten grandchildren.
Memorials in her name may be given to the First Presbyterian Church or to ProLiteracy and sent in care of the mortuary.
Dear Marvin family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, I have a conflict on Sat the 20th, so won’t be able to attend the service celebrating Margaret’s life. But I want to tell you how much I enjoyed getting to know Margaret while visiting her. She was such a joy to talk with. She spoke of her family with such love and was so proud of each of you. She also was very interested in talking about politics and international affairs. I found it fascinating to hear about her life and world travels.
I pray that you will feel God’s loving hands holding you up and supporting you in this difficult time.
Deacon, First Presbyterian Church
I am sorry about your loss.
Both Joy and I lost our mothers recently – both in their mid 90’s. Their biographies parallel that of your mother’s with lives dedicated to family,education, service and travel. Even though they all lived amazing long, rich lives they leave a big hole.
I will miss Margaret, she was a joy and a wonder. A gracious mind mixed with an lively sense of humor. I am a better person for knowing her.
You are often in our thoughts. I have a clear memory of you playing chess with Erin when she was in Grade 2. I never met your mom but she obviously passed quite a few years on this earth. I’m sure her life was full.
Your mom was a vibrant human being who shared her many gifts with the world. She was an inspiration to many women.
Please extend my sympathies to all the members of your family.
Chuck,We would like to pass on our condolences, on the death of your mother. She lived a long and productive life. Her memory will be a source of inspiration to the family in the future.