HERSEY TWP. — Marjorie Madge Wicks, 96, of Hersey Township, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at her home.

Marjorie was born on March 30, 1920, on the family farm in Hersey Township, to William Oliver and Gertrude Abigail (Martin) Morris. She was the 10th of 13 children. They all preceded her in death.

Marjorie attended the Moffitt School through the eighth grade. She attended Hersey High School and graduated in 1937. She, as did her siblings, walked three miles from the farm to U.S. 10 to catch the school bus to Hersey.

Marjorie married Jerrie Wicks on Sept. 1, 1937, in Reed City. In 1941, they were residing in Clarkston, where they owned a restaurant. They eventually returned to the Hersey area where they built a home.

Marjorie was very involved in the Hersey and Reed City Congregational churches. Early on, she and some of her sisters were known as the Morris Chorus and sang in church. They also sang other times while Marjorie played the organ. She loved to travel, both in the United States and abroad. She and Jerrie traveled the U.S. in their fifth wheel.

Marjorie loved cats, and most always had one. She also liked to collect figurines of turtles, cats and various other items. She also collected teacups and saucers. She loved to walk along the trail she had created on her property and around her ponds.

Marjorie was a very independent woman. Jerrie died on Oct. 22, 1979, and she took over the mowing, gardening, taking care of the ponds and many other tasks until they became too difficult. At that time, her nephew, Michael Teesdale, took over these and other tasks. He also took her to dinner most every Sunday, and took her for rides after dinner, which she loved. He continued this for many years. He took very good care of her. Her niece, Carmen Atteberry, and her husband, Gary, also helped care for her.

As per Marjorie’s request, cremation has taken place and a memorial will take place in the spring. A notice will be published in the paper, or call Carmen at (231) 832-5565 and leave your name and number to be notified.

McDowell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory or sign the guest book for Marjorie at mcdowellfh.com.