Marjorie Jean (Pearsall) Gordon Obituary

Marjorie Jean Pearsall Gordon

Marjorie Jean (Pearsall) Gordon, 89, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

   Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Dutton Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Gil Peters officiating.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, Texas under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park.  Visitation will be held from 9 AM until service time on Monday, in the chapel at Dutton Funeral Home.

Marjorie was born November 17, 1926 in Ranger, Texas to Francis Stanley Pearsall and Lela Louise (Porterfield) Pearsall.  She lived in Thurber, Texas through the first grade, then moved with her family to Ranger, Texas.  Marge was skilled at playing the piano and excelled at the violin at an early age.  She performed, not only at church, but at social functions in the community throughout her school years.  Marge enjoyed spending time fishing which was an activity that her father taught her. It was in high school that she met the love of her life, Byron Winn Gordon.  After graduation, Byron joined the Army and Marge went to college at North Texas Women’s University.  After her freshman year, she transferred to St. Joseph School of Nursing in Fort Worth, Texas.  She obtained her Registered Nurse Degree.  While there, she formed many life-long friendships.  After graduation, she worked at the VA Hospital in Denton.  She and Byron were married March 6, 1949 in Ranger.  As Byron was employed by Texaco, their married life started in Monument, New Mexico.  Other oilfield towns included Snyder, Penwell, Odessa and Hobbs.  Marge worked private duty nursing for several years until her children were attending school.  At that time, she worked at Lea General Hospital as the supervisor for surgical floor and emergency room.  After the move to Hobbs, the city girl got to become a “country” girl.  Her life now included canning, moving irrigation pipe, doctoring livestock, baling hay and raising tomatoes.  She became an accomplished seamstress, making all the clothes for her family.  This included dress suits for Byron.  She also found time to be first chair violin in the Hobbs Symphony Orchestra.  After moving to North Texas in 1976, Marge began taking art classes.  She astonished her family with yet another talent – oil painting.  She showed her artwork at various venues in the area, including the Kemp Center for the Arts.  She also studied photography and would take pictures wherever she went to use as the subject for her paintings.  She enjoyed painting until 2010 when health issues arose.  Marge and Byron also bred, raised and showed Doberman Pinschers.  Most of all, she loved spending time at family gatherings.

Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Carroll Glenn Gordon; brother, John F. Pearsall; and grandson, John Paul Welty.

Surviving relatives include her daughter, Kathleen Jean (Gordon) Smyers and her husband, Jerry M. Smyers of Holliday, Texas; grandsons, Richard Gordon and family of Portland, Oregon; Gene Gordon and family of Victoria, Texas; Kelly (Gordon) Downing and family of Henderson, Nevada; Heather (Gordon) Simmens and family of Wichita Falls, Texas; and John Gordon and family of Wichita Falls, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial are suggested to the charity of choice.  The family would like to mention a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Midwestern Healthcare Center.  Please share your tributes with the family by visiting