Obituary: Marjorie M. Joiner (Feb. 25, 1917 – March 8, 2013)

By Submitted March 20, 2013 05:08 pm

Marjorie M. Joiner
Marjorie M. Joiner
Longtime Crescent City resident, businesswoman, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend died at age 96.

Marjorie M. Joiner was born on February 25, 1917, to Charles H. and Martha M. Fike in Grant County, North Dakota. Marjorie grew up on the family farm with 11 brothers and sisters, living without modern plumbing or electricity. As the eldest sister, she had many responsibilities, including milking cows, cleaning the barn, cooking and taking care of siblings. She traveled for miles, when possible, by horse and buggy through several feet of snow at times, just to get an education. 

At age 17, she left the family farm and headed out west to Oregon to seek out a life of her own. Early on she worked in various jobs such as a waitress, housekeeper and hair model. Eventually she married and began a family. Marjorie gave birth to three children, Maxine Joyce, Jeanette Marie, and Larry Lee. During World War II she worked in the shipyards doing maintenance and welding and also repaired torn parachutes. 

She met her husband, Walter W. Joiner, while living in Roseburg, and they moved to Crescent City with their three children in tow in 1953. There Marjorie took a waitress job in a local diner that she eventually bought and renamed “The Bon Ton.” She baked bread, pies and pastries and performed the duties of owner and general manager for several years. In 1959 she and her husband Walter started ABC Music Company, supplying records, musical instruments and accessories to Del Norte County residents. Eventually, she and her husband expanded the business to include music lessons, a pool hall, pinball machines and coin route, along with a Laundromat.

In 1965 they also expanded their family by taking in and raising their grandchildren, Gregg, Kitty and Kathy Manning. Marjorie and Walter retired in the 1970s and began to travel the United States. They loved to travel back to her roots in North Dakota, often frequenting family and friends. They also had a second home in Yuma, Ariz.

Marjorie loved baking, cake decorating, canning, sewing and was known for her beautiful quilts. She also loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Marjorie had a loving heart and a special knack for helping those in need, whether it be family, friend or total stranger. She gave of herself and her means selflessly and was never one to ask for anything in return. She was a member of several organizations in the community including a 50-year member of the Emblem Club.

Marjorie most recently lived at Wynwood of Rogue Valley Assisted Living facility in Medford, Ore., and passed on Friday, March 8, 2013, having just recently celebrated her 96th birthday. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and those whose lives she touched. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walter W. Joiner; daughter Maxine; brothers Walter, Art, Lester, Leroy, and Lawrence Fike; and sisters Ollie Jacobs and Marie Schell. Being the eldest of a five-generation family, she leaves behind children Larry (Buzz) Joiner and Jeanette Clark; grandchildren raised Gregg Manning, Kitty Covey and Kathy Gaston; 21-plus other grandchildren; great- and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind siblings Neil Fike, Fred Fike, Ruth Mayer and Grace Schell.

Marjorie was blessed with a long and wonderful life. At the age of 96, she experienced life to its fullest and had seen many things in the history of our country, from the invention of short wave radios to the electronic age of computers and iPhones.

The immediate family will lay Marjorie to rest in the River Vista Mausoleum at the Redding Cemetery, located at 1201 Continental Street, Redding, CA 96001 on Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m.

A local memorial service is being planned for friends of Marjorie and her family at the Church of Christ Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m.