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OBITUARY - MARIE DOROTHY (HENDERSON) OXLEY

Funeral Services for Marie OXLEY, age 85 of the Greenfield/Macksburg areas, formerly of the Bedford/Gravity/ Siam area, who died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Greater Community Hospital in Creston were held Friday, April 7, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment was held in the Siam Cemetery. Memorials can be given in Marie's name. Please leave a message of tribute to the OXLEY family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Marie Dorothy (HENDERSON) OXLEY was born March 6, 1921 in Siam, Iowa the daughter of Clarence Isaac HENDERSON and Lillie Pearl (CLAYTON) HENDERSON. She grew up in the Siam area attending rural schools, graduating from the 8th grade in 1935. She lived near Mahlon OXLEY and the couple was united in marriage in Siam. Three children were born to bless this union, Donnis, Beverly and Jerry. The couple farmed in Siam and later in the Gravity area until 1945. The majority of their farming was done in the Diagonal, Macksburg and Greenfield areas. In March of 1995, Mahlon passed away, and Marie continued to live in the Greenfield area until her health required that she move to the Creston Nursing & Rehab Center.

Marie was a member of the Hill of Zion Congregational Church where she was active as a Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher along with singing in the Choir. She was a very accomplished guitarist and pianist and loved entertaining in the area nursing homes. She also enjoyed attending the Hobby Club, TOPS, the Alpha Class, and the Ladies Aid. Over the years, Marie was active giving guitar and piano lessons to many people. As a very young girl, at the age of 11, Marie started working cleaning homes for people and caring for their children.

Left to cherish Marie's memory are her daughter, Beverly Ann WHIET and husband Reverend Jerry of Creston; a son, Jerry LaRoy OXLEY and wife Colleen of Greenfield; a sister, Gene HENDERSON of Grand Rapids, Michigan; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, cousins relatives and friends.

Preceding Marie in death are her father Clarence Isaac HENDERSON in 1933; her mother Lillie Pearl (CLAYTON) HENDERSON in 1968; husband Mahlon in 1995; a son Donnis Dean OXLEY in 2002; a brother Harold Wilbur HENDERSON in 1936; a sister Ruby Pauline in 1974; a brother-in-law William Frank HARVEY in 1995; a brother Luther Charles HENDERSON in 1990; and two twin brothers in 1926.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Marie's passing.

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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