Marjorie Greenley

marjorie greenley

Marjorie H. Greenley, 93, of Fargo, ND died on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Eventide, Moorhead, MN. 

Marjorie was born March 11, 1918 in Stirum, ND, the daughter of Albert and Myrtle (Edwards) Kraling.  She graduated from Lisbon High School and attended North Dakota Agricultural College. She married Alfred C. Greenley on September 21, 1937 in Crookston, MN.  They lived in Fargo before moving to Billings, MT and Minneapolis, MN.  They returned to Fargo after World War II.  Marjorie worked for Hughes Womens Apparel and the Diana Shop in Fargo and was a curator of the Cass County Historical Museum at NDSU.

Marjorie was a very active charter member of Holy Spirit Church in Fargo.  She was a Gold Star Mother and a member of Jon Greenley Amvets Post 7 of Fargo.  She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Auxiliaries.  Marge was a proud member of The Daughters of Dakota Pioneers, The Catholic Daughters of America, The Thursday Community Education Club and The Breakfast Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of several card clubs.  Marge and Al were enthusiastic gardeners and had their yard featured in The Forum.  They won many awards for their garden vegetables and fruits at the Red River Valley Fair.  Marjorie and Al enjoyed summers with their family at their cabin on Pelican Lake  and spent many winters in Arizona.

Marjorie is survived by her sons, Douglas (Linda) Greenley of Moorhead, MN and Roger (Claudia) Greenley of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Matthew  (Eeva) Greenley, Moorhead, MN, Jill (Lakhjinder) Kang, Harrison Twp., MI, Michael (Emma) Greenley, Daly City, CA, Cristel (Neil) Chetney, Hampton, VA, Nicole (Marc) Mosser, Harwood, ND; step grandchildren, Matthew Frederick, Fargo, ND, and Lindsay Frederick, Fargo, ND and great grandchildren, Davon Young, Masen Young, Cure Young, Catherine Greenley and Patrick Greenley. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Jon Greenley, her parents, her sister, Laura Benson and her brothers, Alton Kraling and Raymond Kraling. 

She loved all of her family and friends and had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren. 

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  1. Denver CODoug –

    Marge was an amazingly wonderful woman, mom and wife. Having grown up next door on 12th st., I saw many examples of her warmth, kindness and generosity. You and I played at your home countless times and, as you know, I’ve often thought of her as my second mom…..nice to see Sandy (Smithson) saying the same thing.

    My sympathies to you, Roger and your families.

    Thanks for the great memories, Marge!!!

    Doug Fredeen

  2. Omaha NERoger:

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother sounds like an amazing woman. Please count upon your Prudential family for any assistance you may need.

    Kathy McGuire and your Prudential family

  3. Rochester MN
    Dear Doug, Roger and family

    It was such a joy living next door to the Greenley family when I was a child into my young adult life. Marge looked after my brother Tim and me while our Mother (Hilda) worked. As kids we grew up with Jon, Doug, and Roger. We had a wonderful life on 12th Street. Marge was our second mother and Al was the father we never had. We will always treasure our times with Marge and Al and you boys. I will miss writing to Marge. She was my inspiration.

    My husband and I send our condolences to you, our special family.

    With love,

    Sandy and Bruce Lewis and family

  4. Camas WashingtonDoug and Roger,
    I am sorry to hear of Marg’s passing. I was always in awe of her youthful energy and sharp mind when I was fortunate enough to see her while visiting family.

    I have fond memories of your entire family and want you to know I send my deepest sympathy to you and your families.

    Warm Regards,
    Linda Viken (Kraling)

  5. Greenley family,

    My mom (Sandy Lewis) called tonight to tell me about Marge’s passing. She was a wonderful and kind lady. I have many fond memories visiting with your parents when I was at my Grandma Hilda Smithson’s home. Your parents were wonderful people. My thoughts go out to you all during this difficult time.

    Sincerely, Stacy Haugen

  6. Fargo ND
    To Doug and Roger,
    Your Mom rented me your grandmother’s house, where I am still living 35 years later. She was here when I purchased the house and I always had warm and deeply respectful memories of her. She had great dignity and was a blessing to you and your children. She will be with you always,

    Wih my deepest sympathies,

  7. Overland Park KSDoug,
    My thoughts are with you on the loss of your Mother. You were truly blessed to have her for so long. She was a very understanding woman when you, Paul Anderson and I would “disapper” at a moments notice.
    your old band buddy
    John Landry

  8. Grand Forks ND
    Please know that I and other classmates are thinking of you and your family as you say good-bye to your Mom. She and I share a birthday so we must be kindred spirits.

    With Love and Caring Thoughts,

  9. Moorhead MN
    On behalf of my family, I extend my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one.
    Donnie Rodger

  10. Mead OKRoger and Doug,

    I was so sorry to hear about your mother. I know it’s a difficult time but you have many people thinking about you in your time of grief.

    With sympathy,

    Tom Palmer

  11. Longmont COHi Doug&Linda- Mom told me about yr mom passing on Easter. I’m sorry I never had the chance to know her better. I remember a gracious lovely lady that I admired. The other day at work our young receptionist and I were talking about learning card games. I have always wanted to learn Bridge. She thought it would be fun to start a group at work. The first person that came to my mind that day was your mom. I also remember a “Kennedyisc” setting at your lake house with your mom being just as dignified as a Rose Kennedy. I’m sure her life was filled with love and will be missed by you guys and your children. I hope our trip can be a time to catch up with family. Mary & I look forward to seeing you.

  12. fort collins CODoug, the few times I got to see your mother, I was taken with her midwest kindness and hospitality. I could also see that her interest in her children’s successes was passed onto you in how you have raised your family.

    Best wishes and our prayers for you and Roger’ families.

    Tom and Julia

  13. Doug, Linda, and kids, We are thinking about you and sending prayers your way. Doug your mother raised a beautiful family that I am sure she was very proud of. It was a pleasure to have met her. God Bless.

  14. Boynton Beach FLRoger, Doug and family…very sorry for your loss. Aunt Marjorie was a class act and I always remember who proud my grampa was of his sister, and how kind and gracious she was to our family, thinking of you.

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