Marjorie May Fenner
Marjorie May Fenner, 83 of Flower Mound, TX, (formerly of Wall, SD) passed away Wednesday, June 20th at the Cross Timbers Care Center in Flower Mound, TX, surrounded by family.
She was born on a hot summer day, July 3, 1923, near Pedro, SD, to Frank and Nellie (Huss) Wilsey. She attended school in the Pedro area through the 8th grade then attended Rapid City High School graduating in 1941.
After graduation from high school, she worked various jobs until she met the love of her life, Dempsey Fenner. They were married April 6, 1944, in Rapid City, SD. They began their life together in Dalzell, SD, on the Fenner Family Ranch. After surviving the "Blizzard of 1949" in a small drafty house in Philip, SD, they then moved to Sioux City, IA, where they resided until the fall of 1956. After many years of her being homesick, Mom got her wish to move back home to SD. They lived in Rapid City for a brief time before settling in Newell to raise their family. While living in Newell, she worked at the Newell School Cafeteria as a cook.
Mom and Dad spent the summer of 1976 in Spearfish, SD, before moving to Moorcroft, WY. Mom worked at the Moorcroft High School as a custodian from 1977 until she retired in 1991.
After losing the love of her life, she decided to complete the circle and go home once again to SD. She lived in Wall from 1992 until 2005. To be closer to her children and grandchildren, she lived out the remainder of her life in Flower Mound, TX.
Mom enjoyed traveling to any spot that seemed right at the time to visit with friends and family. She traveled to Munich, Germany, in 1974 to visit her son, Steven, who was stationed at the time in Frankfurt, Germany. She always remembered this trip very fondly. Growing up with seven brothers and a sister she was very competitive in all that she did. Mom enjoyed all sports - as a spectator and participant. She competed until age 79 in the Wyoming and South Dakota Senior Olympics. She still holds the Wyoming State Record for her age group in the javelin throw. She was very proud as was her family of her accomplishments in the Senior Games. She enjoyed a round of golf in Wall or at the Buffalo Chip Country Club or any spot on the Prairie with her brothers and other family and friends. She enjoyed playing any card game brought to the table as well as an occasional pull of the "one-armed bandit."
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ruff and her husband, John, of Lorena, TX, and Suzanne Radcliffe and husband, Scooter, of Bellmead, TX; three sons, Stacey Fenner and his wife, Eleanor, of Hampton, VA, Steven Fenner and his wife, Sue, of Coppell, TX, and Scott Fenner and his wife, Samantha, of Flower Mound, TX; eight grandchildren, Jon (Manda) Ruff of Plano, TX, Bryan (Jennifer) Fenner of Yorktown, VA, Stephanie (Brett) Lediner of Hewitt, TX, Joseph Radcliffe of Ft. Hood, TX, Tyler Fenner of Coppell, TX, and Cheyenne, Dempsey and Sheridan Fenner of Flower Mound, TX; one sister, Carol Price of Wall, SD; brothers, Wes Wilsey of Haysprings, NE, and Jim Wilsey of Owanka, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dempsey Fenner; her parents; and brothers, Chuck, George, Vern, Harry, and Howard Wilsey.
Her life was celebrated at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis on Wednesday, June 27, 2007, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Interment followed at the Elm Springs Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Elm Springs Cemetery.