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Marjorie (Campbell) Paulsen

Marjorie Carol Paulsen, age 66, passed away at her daughter's home in Hesperia, California, Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Marjorie was diagnosed having pancreas-liver cancer in September 2008.

Marjorie was born November 10, 1942 in Wall, South Dakota to Mathilda [Harnisch] and LeRoy Campbell.

She attended rural Cedar Butte School first through eighth grades, graduating from Wall High School in 1960.

Marjorie married Richard VanVleck and to this union three children were born, Tami, Timothy and Troy. The family moved from South Dakota to Norwalk, California, then to Victorville. Marjorie and children moved to the Victor Valley, where she was manager of a Sambo's chain restaurant for a number of years.

On November 16, 1980, Marjorie married Al Paulsen in Hesperia, California. Al was a communications engineer so his work took them to different areas including Nigeria and Hawaii.

They were granted temporary custody of four of Al's grandchildren and raised these children as well as becoming foster parents, through the years they were foster parents to 14 other children.

Marjorie and Al moved back to Wall in 1994 and while in Wall were employed by Doug Estes at the Sands Motel and the Homestead Motel as well as for John and Dawna Tsitrian at the Sunshine Inn. They moved back to Hesperia to be close to the grandchildren in 1997. Marjorie's love of being around people took her back to the restaurant business, this time as a hostess at the Steer 'N Stein, a restaurant managed by her son Tim. She worked there for nine years.

Marjorie was very active in many church organizations: secretary of High Desert Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, president of Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Treasurer of Faith Lutheran Church-Hesperia, zone president of LWML and helped organize the national LWML convention held in Las Vegas.

Marjorie is survived by her husband, Al of Hesperia, Ca.; her daughter Tami [David] Manson of Hesperia, Ca.; her sons Timothy [Gayle] VanVleck of Victorville, Ca. and Troy [Linda] VanVleck of Placerville, Ca.; her stepchildren Kevin [Dee] Paulsen and Dennis Paulsen, both of Denton, Tx., Keith Paulsen of Memphis, Tn., Steven [Wendy] Paulsen of Detroit, Mich., and Cynthia [Gary] Beilby of Memphis, Tn.; 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Claramae White, and Beverly [Dan] Dartt, both of Wall, SD.

Marjorie loved working in her yard, working for the church, and visiting with people. She never forgot her ties to the home where she was raised as a child as she has requested to have her ashes scattered on the farm where she was raised, next to the country school she attended for eight years.

A memorial service will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, SD, on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Marjorie requested that donations be made to the established memorial for First Lutheran Church in Wall.