Marjorie Cleveland


Marjorie Cleveland, a faithful wife, mother, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Bridge Player, Coffee Drinker, and Friend, peacefully passed away on August 30, 2020 at the Baptist Health Care Center.


A private immediate family Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Bismarck Funeral Home, Bismarck, ND with Pastor Paul Schauer officiating. Burial will be held at Riverview Cemetery, Wilton, ND.  A Livestream of the Service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.


A visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM.  For those attending we encourage Covid friendly social distancing.


Marjorie was born on February 7, 1932 to Wallace and Lillian (Holden) Anderson.  She grew up on the family farm southeast of Wilton.  On September 8, 1949, she married Gary Cleveland.  They lived in the Wilton area while raising their four children.  Margie and Gary loved being “Arizona Snowbirds” for over 30 years.


Margie loved being around people, whether it was playing bridge, teaching line dancing, or enjoying coffee and conversation with friends.  Margie worked for the ND State Legislature in the 60’s and 70’s.  A 1977 newspaper article stated she was the 1st female deputy Sergeant-At-Arms.  Margie took great pleasure gardening, growing flowers, and feeding birds.  Margie enjoyed the last four years as a resident at Touchmark.



Marjorie will be greatly missed by her children, Kay (Ted) Hawn, Helena MT; Karen (Rod) Backman, Bismarck; Karlene (Myron) Walen, Anthem, AZ; and Dennis (Wanda) Cleveland of Wilton; her 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren; her sister, Betty Lenihan; sisters-in-law, Carol Hencz and Jackie Cleveland; as well as many nieces and nephews.



She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years; her infant son, Clark; her brother, Robert Anderson; her sister, Yvonne Bailey; her grandson, Jeremy Walen; her great-granddaughter, Saige Blotske; and brothers-in-law, Mert Lenihan, Greg Cleveland, and Clark Bailey.


In lieu of flowers, please send memorial so your charity of your choice.


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