Marjorie Mae Small, 95, died Friday April 5th at her Anoka home. She was born November 25, 1917 on a North Dakota farm near Engelvale to parents of Mae (Hopewell) Hanson and Paul (Willard) Hanson.
She is survived by her son Dennis Wm. Small of Burnsville, MN, Daughter in Law Denise C. Harris Small of Anoka, MN, Granddaughter Robbin Mae Small (Daniel Johnson) of Bremerton , WA , and Grandson Rory R. Small (Pamela) of Hastings , MN . Additionally, five Great Grand Children: Oban Johnson, Jura Johnson, Mitchell Small, Abigail Small and Deanna Small. A graduate of the North Dakota Agricultural College ( North Dakota State University ) in September, 1939, with a major in Home Economics, she immediately began her teaching career. Her retirement in 1975 marked a total of 37 years of dedicated instruction. Marjorie traveled to Jacksonville, FL on August 22nd, 1942 to marry Erwin Lee Small of Fargo , ND who had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following their return to “civilian life”, the young couple settled in Fridley, MN to build their first home and Marjorie became active in civic activities along with her teaching career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. She was actively engaged as Township Clerk for the Fridley Township for several years. Also, she was an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of Kraus-Hartig VFW Post #6587 of Spring Lake Park, MN. She participated in many community based programs and was always interested in assisting in church programs. In 1958 the family relocated to Anoka, MN. After retirement, Marjorie remained active as a Mercy Hospital Volunteer, enjoyed wintering over in the Southwest with husband Erwin The pair traveled between Alaska and Mexico and from the Eastern and Western seashores.
A memorial service and celebration of Marjorie’s abundant life will be held on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at the First Congregational Church of Anoka. Located at the corner of 3RD Avenue South and Main Street , ( 1923 Third avenue South ).
A gathering of friends and neighbors will begin at 6:00PM with the memorial service beginning at 7:00PM.
Following the service, all are invited to the fellowship hall for evening refreshments
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to be given to the Pastoral Emergency Discretionary Fund, First Congregational Church, 1923 Third Avenue South, Anoka, MN 55303.