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Marjorie V. Roberts

Marjorie V. Roberts Marjorie Violet (Allen) Roberts passed away at the age of 103 on February 25, 2019 at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

Marjorie was born on February 18, 1916 on the family farm in Washington County, south of Haddam, Ks. She was the daughter of Clarence and Jennie (Jones) Allen. Marjorie did not have electricity or running water in their farm home all her years of growing up. She walked a mile with her brother and sister to the Lindsey Country School, often times walking on top of snow drifts. Her mother made her dresses from feed sacks and her daily chores were milking “her” cow and cleaning eggs to sell. Her family traveled by horse and buggy in her early years. She lived with her grandparents in Haddam so she could attend and graduate from Haddam High School in 1934. There were nineteen in her class. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living Haddam High School graduate.

After graduation, an aunt assisted Marjorie in coming to Manhattan to obtain jobs doing domestic work (household cleaning, cooking and child caring) for families. She worked for the Wareham family and while working on the Vance Washington Ranch, she met a young farmer from Pottawatomie County, Martin Roberts, who came from Westmoreland and also worked on the ranch. They were married at Marjorie’s family farm on April 17, 1938. What was told about the wedding was that Martin’s Chevy coup got stuck in the muddy roads and he had to walk and carry his wedding clothes the last mile to the Allen farm.

As Martin apprenticed to be a blacksmith with L.L. Brown, the couple had two daughters, Barbara and Joyce. Their first little home was a ‘fixer-upper’ and they continued to buy, fix up and rent houses throughout their married life. Marjorie and her daughters would ride the Rock Island train to visit the Allen farm in the summer.
As Martin built and worked in his own blacksmith shop, Marjorie was right by his side as the encourager and bookkeeper. They made their living from this business for over 50 years.

Marjorie’s love of cooking continued in her adult life. Besides her wonderful family dinners, she taught many Pillsbury 4-H girls how to cook and even some of their apartment renters learned this art from her. Marjorie was a cook for USD #383, mainly at Roosevelt School, for over 20 years. She loved making the bread!

Marjorie and her husband enjoyed attending Kansas State basketball games dating back to the 1950s. She continued that love of purple as an avid fan especially of basketball. She loved having the Lady Cats basketball team visit her Assisted Living. She was honored to recently meet Coach Snyder and get to stand beside one of those big players!

Marjorie’s family was very special to her and her most treasured times was being with them. There were five generations in her family. She was a member of the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church. In 2015 she moved to Stoneybrook Assisted Living in Manhattan.

She was preceded in death by her husband on June 12, 1999, her parents, her brother Gerald Allen and sister Viola Hiatt.

She is survived by her brother Duane Allen of Clifton; daughters Barbara (Larry) O’Neill of Manhattan; Joyce (Chester) Leach of Chapman. There are six grandchildren: Stan and Mike O’Neill, Kim Young, Kiley Athanasiou, Stephanie Miller and step-grandson Todd Leach. Sixteen great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren plus nieces and nephews also survive.

Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas is in charge of arrangements. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, March 1 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church 835 Church Avenue on Saturday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery

Memorials may be given to Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church or the Good Shepherd Hospice House in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas.

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