Marjory Myers was in Hospice care at the Homestead CAre Facility in Lincoln, and left this world Feb. 7, 2012.
Marjory Ruth Clay Myers was born July 11, 1916, in the family sod house at the farm four miles west of Broken Bow. She was the 11th of 12 children born to J. William clay and Minnie Amsberry.
She attended grade school at the Crackerjack School through the eighth grade and then rode with her brothers to the Broken Bow High School. Some of her brothers played football for Broken Bow, and Marjory participated in some of the girlâ€™s after school athletics while waiting for them.
The original sod house had a kitchen living room with a bed as needed, boyâ€™s bedroom with three double beds, and girlâ€™s bedroom with two beds. This was a room on the northwest corner of a frame addition. The boys usually did the milking and chores morning and night, while the girls helped their mother.
After high school, Marjory worked at the Broken Bow State Bank, and then at Custer Federal Savings & Loan until she was married. She married Loren Myers April 2, 1938, at Lorenâ€™s parentsâ€™ home just east of Broken Bow. Marjoryâ€™s parents also attended the wedding, being the first of their childrenâ€™s weddings they were invited to.
Loren worked for the original government agriculture assist programs. He was transferred to an office in Sidney the same day their first child, Dwain, was born. The government closed that office, and Loren began working at the bank in Potter, where Marjory and Dwain joined him.
Lorenâ€™s diabetes kept him out of the service in 1945. Marjory and Loren, along with little Dwain and Lorenâ€™s parents, relocated to the western part of the U.S. looking for job prospects. Loren found work with a large produce company that grew and shipped fruits and vegetables to the Army. When the war was over, the five headed back to Broken Bow, and moved to a farm 14 miles north in the Lillian community. Karen was adopted into the family Jan. 2, 1948.
The couple farmed, milked cows, raised feeder pigs, and lived on the income from selling cream and eggs. Loren died in March 1951, and the neighbors came in mass and planted the corn. Marjory milked the cows and did the cultivating, but a heavy hail in August wiped out the crop.
In late fall they had a farm sale, and Marjory and the two kids moved to Broken Bow. Marjory worked in a drug store, and later in a bank. She married Frank Myers Aug. 18, 1956, and they moved to Frankâ€™s farm 15 miles north of Broken Bow. A son, David Lin Myers, was born Nov. 2, 1958. The family moved back to Broken Bow where Marjory lived the remainder of her life.
Marjory belonged to the First Christian Church in Broken Bow, and participated on a number of committees. She also belonged to the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron, and received her 50 year pin; was a member of Rebeccaâ€™s, Parents Without Partners, and 4-H.
She is survived by her children, Dwain Verne Myers, Karen and Jim Lemkuhler, and David Myers; grandchildren, Marc Lemkuhler, Lanae Lemkuhler, Thomas Myers, Timothy and Shelly Myers, and Samuel Myers; great-granddaughter, Sarah Myers, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; brothers, Donald, Walter, kenneth, Lorin, Gail, Harold, Ralph and Warren (Jumbo) Clay; sisters, Evelyn McCaslin, Myrtle Pittenger and Esther Clay.
Funeral services were Feb. 11, 2012, at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with Pastor Barry Johnson and Pastor Seth Bates officiating. Interment was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Published in Custer County Chief, Feb. 16, 2012