PRINCETON — Marjorie Marion Stone, 96, of Princeton died Saturday, March 22, 2014, peacefully in her sleep at Liberty Village – Hawthorne Inn in Princeton where she had resided for the past year.
She was born April 5, 1917, in Arrowsmith, McLean County, Ill., the daughter of Estle Monroe and Ocelia Elizabeth (Hibberd) Wilson. She graduated from Peoria Manual Training High School in 1934 and attended Brown’s Business School in Peoria. She worked as a legal secretary in Peoria and at Caterpillar Tractor in the Administration Building in East Peoria before moving to Princeton around 1945. There she worked as a legal secretary in the offices of Wilson and Rainey and retired after working at Johnson, Martin and Russell.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, having served as deacon and belonging to the women’s organization. Marjorie had been a member of the Princeton Women’s Bowling Association, and was a Princeton Junior Bowling Association coach for many years. She was a member of the Jordan Shrine, Order of the Eastern Star – Amaranth Chapters and Ladies Auxiliary VFW 6634 in Wyanet. She enjoyed her time as a member of the Sharps and Flats, Red Hat Society and activities at the Bureau County Senior Center. In 1988 she helped in the organization of the Princeton Food Share Program, serving as coordinator for many her 22 years of involvement. She donated countless hours in Peoria and Princeton. At age 91, she had made nearly 400,000 mesh bags for bagging of produce distributed in the program. She enjoyed nature, crocheting, craftwork, baking, canning, genealogy and traveling, especially her trips to Europe and later bus trips to many locations in the continental United States. She was a devout Chicago Cubs fan.
She is survived by four children: Christine (Charles) Gregory of Bartonville, Michael (Laurie) Stone of Conroe, Texas, Alane (Michael) Fisher of Peoria and Wayne (Mary) Stone of Princeton; 15 grandchildren: Dan and Barry; Joe, Michelle and Suzanne; Randy and Lisa; Shaun and Michael Jr.; Nicole and Samantha; and Dan, Katie, Jeff and Anne; 21 great-grandchildren: Stephanie and Thomas; Hailee; Elizabeth, Emily and Ellie; Brittany and Bradley; Samuel and Mitchell; Angelica and Richard Jr.; Reagan and Kendall Rae; Mya; Logan, Collin and Dylan; Grace and Liam; and Arabella; three great-great grandchildren: Hailey and Riley; and Zoey Rey. These and her extended families knew her as Grandma Margie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Joyce Heuer and Sandra (Gene) Johnson; one sister, Lorraine Jones; and three brothers, Glenn, George and Donald Wilson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton with the Rev. Brian Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services, Wednesday, March 26, at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, Kemmerer Village (a Presbyterian Childcare Agency), and the Manual High School Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements are through the Fiocchi–Jensen Funeral Home in Princeton.