GIBSON CITY — Marjorie C. Nagle, 98, of Gibson City, passed away peacefully at her home at 9:39 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.
Her funeral was Saturday, Nov. 28, at First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Mike Brazelle officiated. Visitation was held for one hour before the service. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City.
Marjorie was born Oct. 8, 1917, in Gibson City, one of seven children of Albert and Deana Onken Warfield. She married Jack M. Nagle on June 11, 1938, in Gibson City. He died July 29, 1993.
Surviving are her children, James (Cynthia) Nagle, Gibson City; Richard (Cindy) Nagle, Springfield; Robert (Beverly) Nagle, Gibson City; Kay (Dale) Anderson, Chandler, Ariz.; and David (Carleen) Nagle, Gibson City; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Alice Dean (Frank) Polito, Evanston, and Mildred (Fred) Logan, Green Valley, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Day, in 1990, and four siblings, Loretta Kerchenfaut, Ralph Warfield, Richard Warfield and Frank Warfield.
Marjorie earned a lifetime teaching certificate from Blackburn College. She taught in the Ford County rural schools, Skeel School and Wild Rose, for many years. After her marriage and raising six children, she returned to teaching at Saybrook Elementary School while completing her bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University. She then taught at Gibson City Grade School while obtaining her master’s degree from the University of Illinois. She taught first grade, mentored staff and collaborated with administration until her retirement.
She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church with leadership roles as an elder, a member of the session, with community outreach events and the children’s program, always serving the needs of others. For decades she volunteered at the Gibson Area Hospital, starting as a tour guide on opening day in 1952, until she “retired” from decorating the Nursing Home Annex bulletin boards in 2005. She was an avid bridge player and was in the same bridge club for more than 40 years.
She will be remembered as the matriarch of her family, a model of strong faith, who valued education and learning, always mindful that we are all responsible for our own successes and failures. The family she leaves behind will remember her wit, attitude and actions as they were lessons in charity, love and acceptance without question or judgment.
Memorial tributes may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of arrangements.