CHRISMAN — Marjorie Malaise, 91, of Chrisman, passed away June 12, 2014, at the home of her daughter Camilla Stanley, in Rogersville, Mo.
Marjorie was born on June 20, 1922, in Camargo to Tom and Kate Reeder, and the family welcomed a younger sister, Mary Susan, a few years later.
As part of a farming family during the Great Depression, she attended a one-room country schoolhouse near Indianola, excelled at sports and spelling bees and graduated from nearby Sidell High School as class salutatorian in 1940. After graduating from the Champaign Commercial College in 1942 and while engaging in one of her lifelong passions, dancing, she met and soon married in August 1942 Bob (Robert) Malaise, a USAF airman. After leaving the service, they moved to Ridge Farm for a short time, then to nearby Chrisman in 1950.
Busy with raising six children, Marjorie was soon involved in their extracurricular activities, including teaching many 4-H students their sewing skills. In 1966 the family moved to Champaign, where Bob worked at the University of Illinois, and the younger children attended school. Marjorie continued to teach 4-Hers to sew while working for the Jewell Food Company. In 1992 Bob and Marjorie returned to Chrisman and a well-earned retirement.
Throughout her life she was a wise, caring and patient mother and a special grandmother and great-grandmother when she served her dinner rolls and ice cream treats. With her ever-present smile and caring manner, Marjorie was the perfect blend of an optimist and a realist. She could see a silver lining in every situation and always saw the best in people.
Marjorie is survived by a daughter Kay Morris, of Zionsville, Ind., a son Robert and his wife, Lee, of Chrisman, a son Richard and his wife, Ann, of Arlington, Va., a daughter Camilla Stanley and her husband, David, of Rogersville, Mo., a son Rene and his wife, Lana, of Mahomet, and a daughter Trudy Argubright and her husband, Jeff, of Oglesby; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.