Marjorie Cool, 100 - March 08, 2017Marjorie Alice (Blixt) Cool, 100, of rural Callaway passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services took place on Monday, March 13, at the Tallin Church, south of Arnold, with the Rev. Lee Wonch officiating. Burial was at the Tallin Cemetery.
Cool was born July 18, 1916, to Elof and Alice (Oman) Blixt at their ranch southwest of Callaway, where she and her brother, Roy, rode horseback to attend Hazel Dell School.
Her mother passed away when she was 14 years old, which was especially devastating for her, according to family. She went on to graduate from Arnold High School in 1934 and returned to the ranch to help cook for the multiple hired men on her father’s ranch.
She met Grayston Cool at a dance in Callaway around 1935. The couple were married July 4, 1937, at the Evangelical United Brethren parsonage of Callaway. To this union, four children were born.
Cool’s first years of married life were spent in Callaway where her husband managed the local grocery store. In 1940, they moved to her family’s ranch, where they continued and expanded the operation. On the ranch, she cooked meals for her family and the hired men three times a day, maintained the home and kept the books for the ranch.
In her spare time, she loved counted cross-stitch, knitting and gardening, stated family members. Later in life, her flower pots and flower beds were a source of great pride. After her children were grown, she and her husband enjoyed going dancing.
Cool continued to live on the ranch after her husband’s death in 2003. Her house became the hub of the ranch and daily coffee breaks became the norm. In 2013, she moved to Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg, and in 2016, she moved to Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, where she enjoyed celebrating her 100th birthday with her family.
?She was known to be kind and a great listener, rarely speaking about herself and genuinely interested in listening to her others, the family said. She was quick to make new friends and treasured her time with old friends. She was also quick to laugh and her favorite source of entertainment was her beloved grandchildren, and then her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed holding them and teaching a proper pat-a-cake as well as passing along her wisdom to the next generations as family meant everything to her.
Cool was a member of the Morning Star Methodist Church, and was active with the Custer County Extension Club and Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Grayston; her parents, Elof and Alice; brother, Roy E. Blixt; a grandson, Scott B. Cool; sister-in-law, Lucille Ward.
Survivors include: her daughters—LaDonna (Allan) McClure of Johnson Lake and Karen (Gerald) Horst of Arnold; her sons—Ron (Nancy) of Arnold and Jerry (Judy) of Callaway; eight grandchildren—Kim (Pat) Kern of Hastings, Lance (Sherry) McClure of Phoenix, AZ, Shane (Lana) Cool of Arnold, Robert Horst of Holdrege, Elizabeth (Phillip) Goetzinger of Portland, OR, Joseph (Natalie) Cool of Callaway, Joshua (Helen) Cool and Jana (David) Jobman, all of Gothenburg; 20 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Morning Star Church, the Callaway Senior Center and Tallin Cemetery.