Marjorie Gaines McCardell

Graveside services for Marjorie Gaines Koelling McCardell, 93, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.  She left this life on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Bridge Haven Memory Care Residence in Lawrence.

She was born on January 20, 1919 in Butler, MO, the daughter of Leo Lloyd and Ethel Coonrod Gaines.

Marjorie was a graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Journalism. She was a lifelong avid Jayhawk fan.

She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood in Newton, IA and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Social Sorority at KU.

She was married to Edmund A. McCardell who preceded her in death in 2004.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Mohr of Lawrence, a son, Ron (wife, Kay) Koelling, of Bella Vista, AR, a sister Boo Gibson of Jewell, KS, four grandchildren, (Darby (husband, Scott) Zaremba, Wendy Marshall, Robyn (husband, Jon) Hurst, and Tiffany (husband, Michael) Bragdell and two great grandchildren, Regan and Lane Zaremba. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters (Rosemary Nelson and June McMillin).

The family will greet friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in her name to Bridge Haven Memory Care Residence or to the Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society of Newton, IA.  Those memorials may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


11 Condolences

  1. Dave Marshall on January 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Marge provided a lot of fond memories, from teaching a group of young people how to dance, to being a super mother-in-law, to being positively involved in grandchildren’s lives, to always having a big smile and a contagious, upbeat attitute.

    Glad I got to see her last spring.

  2. Wendy Marshall on January 3, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Thank you for your kind remembrance, Dad. Grandmother was always fond of you and happy to have you visit.

  3. Jeanne hershey on January 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I have fond memories of marge. Her love of the Minnesota cottage and fishing and the joy she had sharing those times with dad and our family will be cherished memories

  4. Doug Gibson on January 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    To Ron and Sue Ann, thinking of you and the good times we had. God Bless You both. Love,Doug

  5. Anna Koelling on January 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Marge was such a beautiful lady and a loving mother and grandmother. I will always cherish the snowy Iowa Christmases and wonderful Minnesota Summers. Her family always came first.

  6. Madon Dailey on January 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Ron and Robyn,
    My deepest sympathy at the passing of your mother and grandmother. How lucky you’ve been to have her share so much of your lives. You certainly have a celebration of life and memories to hold in her honor. Enjoy the joy of her life.

  7. Virgina Bennett on January 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I am sending loving thoughts your way on the passing of your mother and grandmother. She was such a fine lady who always wanted the best for her family. (I played for her wedding when she married Ed.) I know you have many happy memories to cherish. Best always.

  8. Debbie (Gibson) Lee on January 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Sue and Ron, you and your families are in my prayers just as you all are in my heart. I have such happy memories of visiting you in Newton. Aunt Marge was always welcoming with her beautiful smile and joy-filled nature. We were blessed to have been a part of her family.

  9. Sarajane Blythe Doty Shubert on January 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    To the Ron Koelling Farmily:
    I have read about your mother’s recent passing and send my sympathies. I know she leaves a legacy of love behind. God bless your family.
    Sarajane Shubert

  10. Mark McCardell on January 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Ron and Sue Ann, so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a great mother to you both, and I know you will miss her. She and grandpa Ed shared many happy memories in their years together that I am sure you will cherish.

  11. Gabi on October 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Renee was the best! We contemplated even hniirg a professional photographer. I am so glad we did!! We pulled this off in less than 6 weeks and I wouldn’t have changed a thing if I had planned for 2 years. Everyone really pitched in to make the wedding special. My best friend collected greenery from the field and did all of the flowers. She also sang and is the mother of that cutie taking off down the hill. A talented friend made my dress. My cousin cooked a hog for the reception. My grandmother made my wedding cake and the favors were harvested by my Papa’s bee colony. All of my friends and family pitched in the day before to decorate. I am still humbled when I look at the pictures. I am so blessed.

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