Marjorie Jean Moeckly 1936–2020 Owatonna—Marjorie Jean Moeckly set out on her new journey at 1:50 AM at Owatonna Hospital on December 20, 2020 in the presence of family. Marj was born in Waseca County on Sept. 8, 1936, to Lloyd Leonard and Ellouise (Robinson) Parrish. Marjorie's family moved several times, settling in Merton Township where she built her childhood memories. As one of the oldest children Marjorie shared in the hard work of operating a family farm. She spoke of preparing breakfasts and baking bread for fifteen when hired men came on during harvest. A highlight was her horse Maisey, whom Marj discovered was a trained cattle driving horse. Each evening she whistled as she approached the pasture gate. Maisey came to her call, unfailingly. They worked together to bring the cattle in each day. At Medford High School, she spent many hours in the library tutoring younger students. After graduation, Marjorie moved to Arden Hills where she trained for a career in cosmetology, danced at the Prom Ballroom, and sang in the Edina Colonial Choir. Once licensed, she took up residence in Northfield. As an accomplished professional, her clients included the spouses of professors and deans of Carleton and St. Olaf College. At age 25, Marj visited her family and went bowling with her brothers and the neighbor boy, James Moeckly, on the eve of his military induction. She and James maintained correspondence during his service and were joined in marriage, April 11, 1964. They settled in Merton Township where they raised four children; Aaron (Bonnie) Moeckly, Leah (Steven) Salisbury, Rebecca (Randy) Kubicek, and Daniel (Robyn) Moeckly. All who met her were humbled by her kindness, generosity, dedication, and unwavering acceptance of others. She served as a girl scout leader, cub scout den mother, Sunday school teacher, prepared holiday meals at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, and briefly coached a little league baseball team. In addition to her husband, children, and eight grandchildren, Marjorie is survived by her siblings: Faye Noble, Rodney Parrish, Carol Pitan, and Leonard Parrish. Her current travels bring her into the presence of her Eternal Lord and Father, with whom also rest her parents and siblings: Crystal Markowitz, Mitchel, and Diane who preceded her in rest. An outdoor celebration of life will be held this coming June. Her family values calls from friends rather than flowers. Memorials are to be sent directly to the donor's choice.
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