Marjorie Kathryn Gannon (Marge), age 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 4, 2010 at the Emmetsburg Care Center in Emmetsburg. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Private family interment was held on Sept. 15, 2010 at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Pocahontas.
Marge was born April 23, 1926, to Martin and Kathryn Miller in Canova, S.D. She graduated from high school in Alta and received her R.N. degree from St. Joseph Hospital in Sioux City in 1947. While working as a nurse in Storm Lake, she met the love of her life, John Gannon. They were married on Aug. 16, 1950 at the St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, S.D.
She continued her nursing career a few more years before focusing her love and attention on her family. Having lost both her parents at a young age, raising a close, loving family was very important to her. Marge and John fulfilled that dream, raising six devoted children.
Left to cherish the memory of her life include her beloved husband of 60 years, John, of Emmetsburg; children, Patricia and Doug Escue, of Houston, Tex.; Michael Gannon and Maureen West, of Bellingham, Wash.; Kevin Gannon of Seattle, Wash.; Mary Kay and B.J. Larson, of Arlington, Wash.; Donna and Kevin Connelly, of Danville, Wash.; and Robert Gannon of Anchorage, Ak.; five grandchildren, Kelley and Micahel Halvorson, Brad Escue, Mark Gannon, John Gannon, and Noah Larson; and two great grandsons, Colin and Spencer. Marge is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Kathryn Miller, her half brother Ronald Miller, and her aunt and uncle, Joseph and Lena Miller.
Her compassion for others continued through her volunteer work at the Palo Alto County Hospital and the American Red Cross, and as a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Marge lived out her last two years of earthly life at the Emmetsburg Care Center where she relished in the camaraderie and was comforted by the gentle care of the staff.