SALEM- Marjorie Wilson, age 90, of Salem died Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at Park Place Elder Living.
Marj was born November 15, 1932, in Toledo, Iowa, the daughter of Floyd and Hazel (Gray) Pugh. She graduated from Toledo High School in 1950. On May 7, 1953, she married Carl Wilson, the couple had four children and later divorced. She then married Charles Newman, they later divorced. Marj worked as a telephone operator in Toledo and Mount Pleasant. She owned and operated restaurant bar establishments and managed the Mount Pleasant Country Club. Marj was a member of the Mount Hamill Sunshine Girls and enjoyed socializing around a cup of coffee. In her younger years you could find Marj playing basketball, softball, bowling or roller skating. She had a lifelong love of sports.
Marj is survived by her four children Debbie Wilson (Marvin) of Salem, IA, Greg (Teri) Wilson of Marshalltown, IA, Carla Wilson of Salem, IA, Ruth (Charlie) Allen of Fort Madison, IA; 7 grandchildren Michele (Pierre) Bensch of Hillsboro, IA, Melanie Anderson of Mount Pleasant, IA, Nathan Swift of Burlington, IA, Jamie (Stewart) Gardner of Emporia, KS, Jeff (Maggie) Wilson of Knoxville, IA, JJ Frary of Fort Madison, IA, Cali (Gracie) Wilson of Nashville, TN; 12 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; sister Marilyn Bain of Peoria, IL, brother Dick Pugh of Alden, IA, sister-in-law Connie Pugh of Toledo, IA, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Leonard Pugh, sister-in-law Bev Pugh, brother-in-law Ernie Bain, and a nephew Vince.
Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel. Rev Jeff McPheron will officiate. Burial will be in the Salem South Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held 10:00 am until service time, the family will greet friends from 1:00 – 2:00. A celebration will be held at The Underground following the service. A memorial fund has been established for the Salem Fire Department and Salem Playground. The Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel is caring for Marj and her family.