Marjorie Osier, 84, Belmond, died May 5, 2020 at Iowa Specialty Hospital - Clarion. Services will be held May 23 at 2 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home in Belmond. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. that day.
Marjorie Ruth was born Oct. 5, 1935 in Hampton, the fourth child of Everett and Ruth (Beenen) Nelsen. She attended country school, Rowan Public School, and Dows Public School, where she graduated in 1953. She then attended Iowa State Teachers College where she was a member of the Wesley Foundation and the national honorary science fraternity Chi Beta Phi. After teaching elementary school in Goldfield, she continued her schooling at Parsons College where she earned a B.S. degree and began teaching elementary school in Fairfield.
Marge married Jerald Osier in Dows on June 10, 1956. They had children David, Karen, Samuel and Walter. After living in Fairfield and Cedar Falls they moved to Mount Pleasant. Marge taught 8th grade science at Mount Pleasant Community School and then science and English at Towers High School at the Iowa Mental Hospital in Mount Pleasant. Following the partial closure of the school, she taught GED classes to prisoners at the medium security prison in Mount Pleasant.
Following her separation from Jerry, Marge moved to San Pedro Sula, Honduras where she taught 4th grade at La Lima International School for three years. She briefly returned to Iowa prior to moving to Tarsus, Turkey. She served as a missionary, foreign vice principal, and teacher at Tarsus American School for ten years. She accompanied students on many travel adventures, including Ankara, Cypress, the Holy Land, and cruises down the Nile River. Marge traveled to 21 European countries during her career as a teacher, both for work and for pleasure. She also took many trips to the Maldives, which was one of her favorite places. Her life was filled with adventure and learning. As she traveled, she was immersed in a variety of cultures, and she loved them all.
Upon returning home from Tarsus, Marge held several positions, including Rowan Library Director; Relief Postmaster in Rowan, Galt, Coulter and Woolstock; a CNA; a homemaker home health side; and clerk for vocational rehabilitation for Wright County nurses.
Marge’s life was dedicated to serving God and others. She was a lay minister and was honored to give sermons at several area churches and to residents at the Belmond nursing home.
A few of Marge’s favorite hobbies included reading, singing and writing music and poetry, traveling, wood carving, painting and photography. She was a member of the United Church of Rowan, St. Luke’s Healing Order, Rowan Lions Club, Come Join Us Club, and National Wood Carvers Association. She was involved in many other groups, clubs, and organizations throughout her life.
She was preceeded in death by her parents; brother Dr. E. Marlo Nelsen; son Sam; and grandsons Bret Osier and Joseph Kramer.
She is survived by her children Dave (Shari) Osier of Bondurant, Karen (Mike) Smith of Belmond, and Walt Osier (Kim Bessine) of Burlington; grandchildren Ashlee Osier, Kendall Osier, Marshal Barr, Nick Smith, Austin Smith, Matthew Smith, Mariah Smith, Chanci Osier, Marina Osier, Alex Osier, Nicole Osier, Desiree Osier, Makayla Messerschmitt and Janea Osier; brothers Dr. Carl Nelsen and Dr. Jerry Nelsen; and sister Josie Rutter.
Memorials may be directed to the family to help cover funeral expenses.