A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 1 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ in rural Newell. Inurnment will be in the St. John's United Church of Christ Cemetery in rural Newell. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Marjorie Lucille Akin, the daughter of John and Lydia Sophia (Feist) Akin, was born during a snowstorm on Jan. 27, 1919, at the principal's house at Fairview School. She grew up on farms in northwest Iowa with her parents and older brother and sister. Marjorie received her education in Fairview, Marathon, and Sulphur Springs, graduating from the Sulphur Spring High School with the Class of 1938.
At an early age, she took an interest in all mechanical things, including motorcycles. Marjorie developed those talents and secured a job in Detroit as an auto mechanic. Her first boss, Fred Winders, later became her first husband on Dec. 12, 1945, in Tacoma, Wash. This couple was blessed with two children: Barbara and John. Following Fred's death in 1952, Marjorie returned to her parent's farm near Newell, with her two children. On Oct. 20, 1972, Marjorie was united in marriage to Richard Lambert at the St. John's United Church of Christ of rural Newell. Up until one month before her death, she spent the rest of her life on the family farm, sharing it, after her mother's death, with her second husband, Richard. Marjorie will be remembered for her faithfulness to the land she loved and to her commitment and belief in responsible farming. May others follow her example.
Marjorie is a former member of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club of Spencer. She was a Sunday School teacher for several years at the Newell United Methodist Church. She had many varied interests which included doing needle-work, gardening, horseback riding, working on cars and machinery, and riding her lawnmower.
Marjorie's life and memory is honored by her family which include her husband, Richard Lambert of Newell; her daughter, Barbara Stroud of Anaheim Hills, Calif.; and her son, John Winders of Vista, Calif.; two grand-children, Jason Winders and Jennifer Winders both of Temecula, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred Winders; her sister, Dorothy Larson and her brother, Robert Akin.