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Marjorie  Alice  Cool
     Marjorie Alice (Blixt) Cool, 100, of rural Callaway died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. She was born on July 18, 1916 to Elof and Alice (Oman) Blixt at their ranch southwest of Callaway.
     Marjorie graduated from Arnold High School in 1934 and returned to the ranch to help cook for the multiple hired men on her father''s ranch.
     Marjorie met Grayston Cool at a dance in Callaway around 1935. They were married July 4, 1937 at the Evangelical United Brethren parsonage in Callaway. To this union four children were born: LaDonna, Ron, Karen, and Jerry.
     Marjorie and Grayston''s first years of married life were spent in Callaway where Grayston managed the local grocery store. In 1940, they moved to Marjorie''s family''s ranch, where they continued and expanded the operation.
     On the ranch, Marjorie cooked meals for her family and the hired men three times a day, maintained a highly organized home, and kept the books for the ranch. In her spare time, she loved counted cross-stitch, knitting and gardening. Later in life, her flower pots and beds were a source of great pride.
     Marjorie continued to live on the ranch after Grayston died in 2003. In 2013, Marjorie moved to Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg. In 2016, she moved to Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, where she greatly enjoyed celebrating her 100th birthday with her family.
     Marjorie was a member of the Morning Star Methodist Church, and was active in the Custer County Extension Club and Order of the Eastern Star.
     Marjorie was always kind and a great listener. She rarely spoke about herself and was genuinely interested in listening to her family and friends. She was quick to make new friends and treasured her time with old friends. She was quick to laugh and her favorite source of entertainment was her beloved grandchildren. Family meant everything to Marjorie.
     Survivors include daughters, LaDonna (Allan) McClure of Johnson Lake and Karen (Gerald) Horst of Arnold; sons, Ron (Nancy) of Arnold and Jerry (Judy) of Callaway; grandchildren, Kim (Pat) Kern of Hastings, Lance (Sherry) McClure of Phoenix, Arizona, Shane (Lana) Cool of Arnold, Robert Horst of Holdrege, Elizabeth (Phillip) Goetzinger of Portland, Ore., Joseph (Natalie) Cool of Callaway, and Joshua (Helen) Cool and Jana (David) Jobman, both of Gothenburg; and 20 great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Roy E. Blixt; grandson, Scott B. Cool; and sister-in-law, Lucille Ward.
     Services were March 13 at the Tallin Church, south of Arnold with Pastor Lee Wonch will officiating. Burial was in the Tallin Cemetery. Arnold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
     Memorials are suggested to the Morning Star Church, the Callaway Senior Center, or Tallin Cemetery.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 3/15/2017
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