Marian H. (Reynolds) McCallum, 104, of Davenport, passed away peacefully, with her family present, Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Crest Health Center at Ridgecrest Village in Davenport.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on May 26, 2018 at Bettendorf Presbyterian Church (1200 Middle Rd), where she was a longtime member. Visitation is at 10:00 AM followed by an 11:30 memorial service officiated by the Rev. Troy Winder. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois at a later date.
Marian was born May 21, 1913 in Ipava, Illinois, a daughter of Charles & Ruth (Zoll) Reynolds. Marian, or Little Pink Marian (LPM) as her sisters called her, grew up on a farm in Doon, Iowa. The farm was somewhat famous for the round barn erected by her father in 1904. It was on the National Register of Historic Places for several years. Marian wrote a book titled Living on the Farm with the Round Barn which she gave to her son and family in 2012.
Marian worked at Agar Manufacturing in New Jersey in 1935. When she moved to the Chicago area in 1936, she found a job at a branch of Agar. Eventually, she became the secretary to the main boss. In later years while living in Colorado Springs, she was hired as secretary at the First Lutheran Church despite being a Presbyterian most of her life. She lived her faith and believed that it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
After attending Macalester College and Iowa State University, she graduated from Valparaiso University in 1942. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed Scrabble, singing, playing the piano, quilting and square dancing. She was a wonderful hostess, welcoming family and friends and always making them feel at-home.
On August 15, 1940 in Elmhurst, IL, she was united in marriage to Robert A. McCallum whom she met at a glee club. Bob & Marian resided in many cities, ultimately landing in Bettendorf, Iowa in 1988 to be near their son, Larry, and his family.
Marian’s greatest love was her family. Those left to honor her memory include her son and daughter-in-law, Larry & Cindie McCallum of Bettendorf; her grandchildren and spouses, Matt (Amy) McCallum of Cary, North Carolina and Katy (John) Hegg of Bettendorf; and her great-grandchildren, Colin, Oliver, Alastair and Rory McCallum and Kari, Dara and Johno Hegg and a number of nieces and nephews.
Marian was preceded in death by her husband Robert; her parents; her sisters, Faith LeVesconte and Kay Reynolds; her brother-in-law, Lester LeVesconte; her niece, Ruth Phipps; her nephew, Jerry Pitz; her sister-in-laws, Marie Pitz and Gladys Shoemaker and her niece’s husband, Kenneth Baillis.
The family expresses gratitude to Genesis Hospice for their attentive care in her final days and to the Crest Health Care team for their 5 years of exceptional and loving care.
Memorial donations may be made to Bettendorf Presbyterian Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Marian’s obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.
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