Marie Elizabeth Griffey Spears Tiemann died peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the age of 83 and now rests peacefully in the arms of Jesus. Marie was born on February 26, 1934 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. She passed away from complications resulting from a severe stroke at UNMC, Omaha, Nebraska.
Marie became a child of God at her baptism on April 29, 1934 and confirmed on August 15, 1948 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Northboro, Iowa. Marie was a faithful member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church for her entire life.
Marie grew up on a farm by Farragut with her loving parents, Oliver and Minnie Griffey and brothers, Harold and Max. She attended country school a few miles from her home. Then she attended Junior and Senior High School at Farragut Community School. She graduated in 1952. Marie was active in 4-H and had many sewing items go to the Iowa State Fair where she received purple ribbons. After high school graduation, Marie attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri. She married her high school sweetheart, Eldon Samuel Spears, on May 25, 1955. Marie and Eldon moved to San Francisco, California for two years while Eldon served in the Marines. Marie and Eldon then moved to a farm south of Shenandoah where Marie was a homemaker and daughter, Lisa, was born.
Marie got her Bachelors Degree in teaching from Tarkio College in 1966. She began teaching in Northboro, Iowa and then taught 31 years at Shenandoah Community School before retiring. Marie spent most of her teaching career teaching math and science, and giving her students a love of birds and nature. Marie and Lisa moved to Shenandoah in 1977, after Eldon's death. In 1984, Marie's mother, Minnie moved in with Marie. She lived with her until her death in 1997. Brett, Scott and Tom, Marie's grandchildren were born during this time. Marie and Minnie spent many weekends going to see her grandchildren in Manilla, Iowa. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. Marie married Marlan Tiemann on July 22, 1988. They continued to live in Marie's house in Shenandoah. In the fall of 2013, Jozlyn Saunders was born and Marie became a great- grandma. Jozlyn and Marie had a special bond and Marie loved her dearly.
Marie was very active in her retirement. She volunteered at the Food Pantry, hospital, and Meals on Wheels to name a few. She was a Master Gardener and enjoyed quilting and sewing and made many quilts for her family and friends. She was an avid bird watcher, bander and participated in the local Christmas Bird Count consecutively for almost 50 years. She gave many presentations about birds to various groups in the community.
In June of 2016, Marie moved into Windsor Manor Assisted Living. She enjoyed socializing, and being with her sister-in-law Harriett Griffey.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Eldon, infant son, brother Harold Griffey and nephew Robb Griffey.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Lisa and son-in-law Bob, grandchildren Brett (Jessica), Scott (Morgan), and Tom (Nikki), great-grand daughter Jozlyn, husband Marlan Tiemann, brother Max and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 am, Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in rural Northboro, Iowa.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Burial will be held at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church or the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund.
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