Marjorie (Wood) Shafer

September 16, 1922 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 98)


Marjorie Jean Wood Shafer age 98 passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 30th 2020 at Reflections at Villas of Hollybrook in Springfield Illinois.

Marjorie was born in Greenup Illinois September 16, 1922. She was the second daughter of Forrest and Ivy (Sperry) Wood. 

Marjorie graduated from Greenup High School in 1940. Marjorie completed Beauty School after graduation and then moved to Springfield to work for the State of Illinois.  After World War II ended, she married Ivan Shafer on March 2, 1946. They lived in the Chicago area for a short time before returning to Jewett to farm.

Marjorie helped Ivan with every aspect of Farming and still managed to have a full course lunch for Ivan and others in the field. Her garden was her pride and joy as well as sewing and other needlecraft.

Marjorie was known for her culinary talents, making hundreds of coconut cream pie, cobblers, and dinner rolls.  She always prepared several desserts to help out 4-H, church and community events.

She was a loving Mom to daughters Shelia (Randy) Light of Elgin and Linda (Jim) Wilson of Springfield.

Marjorie and Ivan moved to Greenup after retiring from the farm. They spent several winters in Florida at Lake Okeechobee.  After Ivan’s passing in 1994 Marjorie continued to live an active life, traveling with the First Neighbor Bank, gardening and mowing the large yard.  At age 88 she moved to The Glenwood in Effingham. She made many friends among the residents and staff and loved listening to all the musical groups that came to the Glenwood. She watched the Cubs and cheered when they won the World series. Her favorite pastime was enjoying the Big Band Music of the 1940’s.

Marjorie was always available to help out when her grandchildren needed her. She kept clippings of every achievement.  She is survived by grandchildren, Eric and Lisa Light of Effingham, Ryan and Linda Light of St. Charles, Evan and Kevin Morphew and Paige Wilson of Chicago. Great grandchildren were Ian and Laurel Light, Emily and Logan Light, Henry James Morphew and step grandson, Nathan Riha. In addition she was Aunt Marge to her many nieces, nephews, and cousins  as well as many others whom she treated as though they were family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Eileen Fogleman.

Marjorie will be greatly missed and remembered for her positive outlook on life and wonderful sense of humor.

Due to Covid concerns, a private Graveside service held. The Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, IL is assisting the family. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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