Marjorie Darleen Heil
April 24, 1931 ‒ February 07, 2019
Marjorie Darleen Heil, age 87, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Kingston Residence following a brief illness.
On April 24, 1931, Marge was born at home on the family farm in Prospect, Ohio, the sixth of seven children of the late George S. and Birdia C. (Hettler) Williams. She loved telling the story of how they paid the doctor with a chicken for his services for her birth. She loved growing up on the farm and carried a fondness for her original homestead with her throughout her life. She graduated from Prospect High School in the class of 1949.
In 1952, Marge attended a square dance in Richwood that would change her life forever. A group of young men from Kenton attended the dance, one of them was her future husband, Robert “Bob” Heil. Knowing they were meant for one another, they were married the next year on May 26, 1953, at the First Presbyterian Church in Marion. They cherished their fifty-nine and three quarter years of marriage, and lovingly raised three children: Douglas, Karla, and Karen. He preceded her in death almost six years to the day, prior on February 8, 2013.
Marge cared for her husband and children as a loving homemaker, until her children were in Middle School. From there, she worked as a nurse’s aide at the Marion Manor and then moved over to the emergency department of MedCenter Hospital in Marion, retiring when the hospital merged with Marion General Hospital in 1999. Always keeping busy, she then became the cook at the Marion Senior Center.
A lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, most of Marge’s important moments in life happened at that church, including her baptism, confirmation, wedding, and other family members’ important events. She was a faithful and active member of the church, where she served as a deacon, taught Sunday school, and was a member of their Women’s Association. She also helped prepare and serve thousands of meals at the church for many years.
To say Marge was involved in her children’s lives would be an understatement. She volunteered at their school in many capacities. She attended every event her children were involved in. She was an active volunteer with Marion’s Headstart program and later in life she tutored and read to students for many years in the Marion City School District through a program at the church.
An amazing cook, no one ever left Marge’s home hungry. She loved spoiling everyone with her great cooking and baking, and everyone’s favorite were her pies. She made the best homemade pies, with a special crust that has yet to be duplicated.
No matter where Marge went, one thing was for sure, that she would have a deck of cards with her. Whenever family or friends visited, as soon as the normal formalities were out of the way, she would get out the cards and they would play any and all card games for hours on end. She especially loved her card club nights with the “Kenton Kids,” which were a tight knit group of friends who were classmates of Bob’s.
Marge dedicated her life to her family and her faith, always putting the needs of others before her own. Many words could be used to describe Marge, and she will especially be remembered for her spunky and larger than life personality.
Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Douglas Heil of Columbus, Karla (Jeff) Hack of Marion, and Karen (John) Ikard of Littleton, CO; seven grandchildren: Andrea (Monte) Johnson, Lindsay (Brandon) Hagemann, Christina (Max) Zastrow, Jenny (Andrew) Timmons, Johnny Ikard, Amanda Ikard, and Ben (Tiffany) Hack; five great-grandchildren: MaKenzie, Adrianna, and Nahshon Johnson, and Delaney and Lila Hagemann; one brother, Donald Williams of Prospect, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including her husband and parents, Marge was preceded in death by five siblings: Wilbur Williams, Isabelle Bellar, Robert Williams, Virginia Laird, and Eleanor Miller.
Her family will greet friends from 3 – 5 pm on Friday, February 15, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church (address below). Services honoring her life will follow there at 5 pm, with Rev. Rob Howard officiating. The Deacons of the church will be providing a meal for family and friends after her services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St, Marion, OH 43302.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Memory Care staff of the Kingston Residence of Marion for their loving care of Marge during the past year, and to Heartland Hospice for their kind and compassionate services.
Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, is honored to serve Marge’s family and your condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.