Marjorie Ladwig

Marjorie Ladwig

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Marjorie Grace Ladwig, 93, of Moorhead, Minn., died on Thursday (Dec. 28, 2017) at Eventide Lutheran Home, Moorhead.

Marjorie Grace McLaughlin was born on Dec. 7, 1924, the daughter of Jotham Clifford "Cliff" McLaughlin and Hilda Sophia (Erickson) McLaughlin, on a farm in rural Buena Vista County near Marathon, Iowa.

She attended the Marathon schools and graduated from Marathon High School in 1942. Marjorie studied dietetics at Iowa State University from 1942 to 1945.

She married Vaylord Dale Ladwig at the Marathon Methodist Church on July 7, 1945. The Rev. Samuel Nichols, pastor at Collegiate Methodist Church, Ames, Iowa, officiated at the ceremony and also baptized all four of their children.

After their marriage, Marjorie moved to Sac City, Iowa, where Vaylord practiced veterinary medicine and where their four children were raised.

She and Vaylord had many friends in Sac City and belonged to various card clubs there. They were also active in the Sac City Methodist Church.

In January 1971, she and Vaylord moved to Urbana, where Vaylord taught at the University of Illinois, School of Veterinary Medicine.

They traveled throughout the United States and to many different places in Europe. Vaylord died on Feb. 22, 1979.

She attended Parkland College, Urbana, from 1979 to 1981 and earned her RN degree. She worked in local nursing homes and as a private-duty nurse for a number of years and was active in the Grace Methodist Church in Urbana.

Marjorie loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and enjoyed a number of special summer weeks at Minnesota resorts with her family.

In November 2001, Marjorie moved to an apartment at Linden Tree Circle near Eventide in Moorhead. She entered Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead in December 2002.

Marjorie is survived by two children, Nancy Dorris Milton of Des Moines, Iowa, and Tom (Diane) Ladwig of Sioux City, Iowa; and daughter-in-law, Carol Ladwig of Moorhead, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Dorothy Beauvais; brothers, Charles Lowell McLaughlin, Jim McLaughlin and Harold McLaughlin (in infancy); son, John on Oct. 24, 2017; and daughter, Janet Marie Lucien, on Nov. 26, 1979.

Any memorials will be given to the Dr. Vaylord Dale Ladwig Memorial Scholarship Fund, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Grace United Methodist Church, Moorhead, Minn. Visitation will be for one hour before the service.

Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.

Arrangements are being handled by Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead, Minn., and Renner-Wikoff Funeral Home, Urbana.

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