Marlene Hargis, 1935-2014

Published 9:23 am Friday, May 2, 2014

Marlene Adell Hargis, 79, of Manly, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa in Mason City.

Marlene Hargis

Marlene Hargis

Funeral services for Marlene will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 428 W. Walnut St. in Manly, with the Rev. Linda Johnson Prestholt officiating. Burial will be in Manly Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 E. Spring St. in Manly. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service time on Monday at the church.

Those wishing to give a memorial in Marlene’s memory may want to consider contributions to Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City or Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Manly.

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Marlene Adell Hargis was born March 2, 1935, in Almena, Wis., the daughter of Arthur and Agnes (Soltau) Simon. Marlene was baptized on April 3, 1935, and reaffirmed the faith of her baptism through confirmation May 16, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Marlene received her education in the Albert Lea schools, graduating from Albert Lea High School in 1952.

She was united in marriage to Roger Hargis Jan. 10, 1953, in Albert Lea and to this marriage six children were born: Katherine, Karen, Korrine, Keith, Kim and Konni. Marlene worked in her father’s business, Simon’s Horse Market, in Albert Lea; Oltman’s Grocery Store in Manly and Unisys Corporation in Clear Lake.

Marlene enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, baking and sewing, but her great love and enjoyment was her family and grandchildren and spending time with them, especially at their cabin in Nevis.

Marlene was a very active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, was on the altar guild at the church, involved in Trainmen’s Auxiliary and Athletic Booster Club, all in Manly. Marlene was the 4-H queen in Hayward Township.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Katherine (Marvin) Banken of Mason City, Karen (Eric) Shurtz of Mason City, Korrine (Lynn) Nelson of Manly, Keith (Stephanie) Hargis of Clear Lake, Kim (Cory) Hicken of Grafton and Konni Johnson significant other, (Chad Wolfe) of Mason City; grandchildren Randy (Carrie) Banken, Kassandra (Matthew) Barnes, Brock Banken, Brent (Magen) Bagley, Logan (Steve) Shurtz, Karl Nelson (fiancé Melissa Abbott), Kevin Nelson (Danielle McMurphy), Kaleb Nelson, Emma Hicken, Kaelee Hicken, Cody Johnson, Courtney Johnson and Crisstian Jacobs; great-grandchildren Brooke, Morgan, Hayden, Chance and Charlie Banken, Samuel Barnes, Ella Bagley, Kamryn and Kolyn Nelson and Maddie McMurphy; brother, Ted (Cynthia) Simon of Holly, Colo.; sister-in-law, Avis Simon of Eagen; a long-time friend of 55 years, Virginia (Don) Robert of Mason City; many nieces and nephews, and many extended family members and friends.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Tom Simon, and husband, Roger Hargis.