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  • Marjorie L. Zumalt

  • It is with sadness and joy that the family of Marjorie L. Zumalt, 89, Joplin, announces her passing on Friday, May 24, 2013.
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  • It is with sadness and joy that the family of Marjorie L. Zumalt, 89, Joplin, announces her passing on Friday, May 24, 2013.
    Marjorie was born July 3, 1923, in Larned, Kan., to Harvey and Margaret Unruh. In 1943, she graduated from the St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend, Kan. Afterward she served in Japan and the Philippines as a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.
    After the war, she married Harley L. Zumalt on Sept. 12, 1946, in Larned, Kan. They raised their family in Neosho, where she also worked as a registered nurse for Sale Memorial Hospital.
    Harley preceded her in death in 1973.
    For Marjorie, nursing was not just a job; it was a calling. Early in her career, she cared for polio patients treated in "iron lung" ventilators, and later volunteered as the camp nurse at Baptist Hill near Mount Vernon. She was also a caregiver to her father, mother, and mother-in-law in their final years. Marjorie moved to Joplin in 1995, and recently relocated to Republic, Mo., with her daughter, Carolyn Lafoon. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Joplin. She was also an avid reader and birdwatcher, and a dedicated fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.
    Survivors include four daughters; Carolyn Lafoon, Republic, Sharolyn Nance and her husband, Gerald, Joplin, Twila Randall and her husband, John, Belleville, Ill., Nola Blaser, Neosho; a cousin, Gordon Rodrock, Mt. Vernon; two sisters-in-law, Louise Unruh, Larned, Kan., and Virginia Zumalt, Great Bend, Kan.; eight grandchildren and their spouses; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her husband, Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Terry and Ronald; a son-in-law, James Lafoon; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Zumalt; a brother, Earl Unruh; sister, JoAnn Halling.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Neosho. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery, Neosho. Full military honors will be conducted at the graveside ceremony.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Library Fund at Fellowship Baptist Church, Joplin; or to a charity of your choice c/o Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66 Neosho, 64850.
    Arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home Neosho.
    Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
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