Marjorie Danforth Gross, age 90, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Friday, February 13, 2015, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
A memorial service will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Christ Episcopal Church in Yankton with Reverend Jim Pearson officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Marjorie D. Gross was born September 30, 1924, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Charles and Mildred (Stone) Danforth. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1942 and then attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English in 1945. She married Norman Gross on June 9, 1945, in Yankton, South Dakota and moved to Georgia where she taught high school, while Norman was in the Navy. They moved back to Yankton in 1946 where Marjorie continued to live the rest of her life.
Marjorie and Norman had seven children. Marjorie loved her family above all else, attending numerous practices, sporting events and activities for her children. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church serving in numerous capacities at the local, state, and national levels. She was President of Episcopal Church Women, on the board of St. Mary' and was Associate Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese. Nationally she worked hard for the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church in the 1970s. She was on the Board of the Association of Christian Churches and President of Church Women United.
She was also very active in the Eastern Star, Daniel Newcombe Chapter of NSDAR, Stanage Chapter of Questers, General Education of Women's Club, Yankton Area Arts Association, Yankton County Historical Society, Girl Scouts, and past member of the Yankton Public Library board and Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition Board. She was instrumental in starting the Clothing Center and Contact Center. Marge was inducted into the Yankton Senior High School Hall of Fame. For fun she participated in book clubs, bridge clubs, and the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include her seven children: Linda S. Gross, Charlie Gross, Dave (Sandy) Gross, Liz (Dan) Lynch, Marty (Mary Pat) Gross, Barb (Hank) Hegert, and Janet (Rick) Martinez; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and sister, Joan Johansen.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Norman (February 6, 1986).
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Episcopal Church Women, PEO Scholarship Fund, or the Yankton Contact Center.
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May God's loving arms help heal your sorrow and touch your heart with the peace only He can give. Your "light" will continue to shine Marge.
Bob and Jackie Gates
We certainly loved Cousin Marge and she was a wonderful example of living life to the fullest. That she would come visit us in Kazakhstan in her 70s speaks volumes to who she was. Our deepest sympathies.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
Sending thoughts & prayers to the family. I will always remember her smile with her spunky attitude :O) God Bless & Rest in Peace.
Tonya L. Hartman-Roman
My thoughts and prayers to Barb, Liz and the rest of the family. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many...
Marge was such an important influence on many many lives. He heart was open and her life full. I was so honored to get to know her. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Marge always made you feel good when you were in her presence. She was a caring and loving person and I am honored to say I knew her. My deepest sympathy to all her family.
My deepest sympathy to the kids and the rest of the family. I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless.
Cindy Schultz, D.A.R.
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. How can anyone not love Marjorie. We admired her confidence and wisdom she portrayed. I really enjoyed the trips to DC we made. Yankton will miss a fine lady like her.
Jake and Sandy Hoffner
My heart and prayers are with all of you, however I know Mom already has the bridge table ready with the Dad's trying to tell the better story! Oh, what fun we all had together for so many years and could always go to the Gross house for food and fun! Another stalwart of the community has spread her wings and left to those who remain the obligation to share the stories. Your parents were the best! Much love to you all! Weezie
Your Mom was truly a great woman who impacted and inspired a lot of Yankton's youth. I last saw her in St. Louis 4 years ago and she was still traveling at the age of 86 to see Marty's team play in the Missouri Valley conf. tourney. Remarkable lady and will be sorely missed. God bless her and the Gross family.
I have such fond memories of Marge. I will always remember her abundant energy and love of life. Blessings to the Gross family.
Jan Reaney Merriman
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