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Marjorie Zarley Wallace

Posted July 30, 2013 in Obituaries, Downtown, Urbandale

November 12, 1929 – July 28, 2013

Marge Wallace

Marge Wallace

Marjorie Zarley Wallace, 83, passed away peacefully July 28 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center after complications from multiple myeloma. Marge was born in Des Moines November 12, 1929 to Willard and Winifred (Smith) Hoskins. She graduated from North High School and attended Iowa State University. She was an active member of Wakonda Christian Church for 58 years and a 50-plus-year member of Chapter KD, PEO in Des Moines. For many years she worked for Hoskins Landscaping as office manager and later administered women’s scholarships and college loan programs at PEO International headquarters in Des Moines. In recent years, she resided at Scottish Rite Park. Marge was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who cherished her family and many friends. She is survived by her beloved husband of 17 years, Robert O. Wallace; her children Deborah Beres (Jim) of Haddonfield, New Jersey; Craig Zarley (Debra Durchslag) of Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Marcia Taylor (John) of Haddonfield, New Jersey; and Lori Lawson (Dave) of Norwalk, Iowa; two step-children Connie Withey (Bill) and Chan (Marty) Wallace; six grandchildren, Katie Beres; Jesse and Alex Zarley; and Chris, Brad and Andy Lawson as well as many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Guy G. Zarley; her parents; her brothers Irving Harlow Hoskins and Richard Hoskins. The U.S. Postal Service played a fateful role in Marge’s life. First, during World War II when a postman delivered a misaddressed letter from Navy lieutenant Guy Zarley stationed in the Pacific. Years of correspondence led to marriage after the war. As a widow, she met her husband Bob, a retired U.S. Postal Service manager, on a blind date. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am at Wakonda Christian Church with a private internment to follow. Family will receive visitors starting at 9 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wakonda Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.

Information provided by:
Brooks Funeral Care
7975 University Blvd.
Clive, IA 50325

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