Marjory Jean (Spilker) Brunssen

June 6, 2014 

Marjory Jean (Spilker) Brunssen

Marjory Jean (Spilker) Brunssen, age 83, passed away at St. Luke’s East Hospital, on June 2, with family at her side.

Marj was born Nov. 30, 1930, at Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Vere H. Spilker and Millicent (Wadsworth) Spilker. After high school, she attended Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls, Ia. She then was employed by Mutual of Omaha at Omaha, Ne. She met her future husband, H. Alvin Brunssen, on a blind date. On July 30, 1952, they were married at the Church of Christ, Missouri Valley.

Marj worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell at Missouri Valley and later at Sidney, Ne. They had three children, Douglas, David and Debra. Marj and Al were married 61 years.

Marj was a member of Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lee’s Summit and also the Order of the Eastern Star, Sioux City, Ia. She loved to cook and could always be counted on to prepare excellent meals, whether at home or on any of their numerous camping trips which for many years consisted of tent camping. She thoroughly loved the out-of-doors. Marj was also an excellent seamstress and made many outfits for herself as well as for each family member.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her son, David E. Brunssen and by her brother, Vernon Spilker and sister-in-law, Irma Spilker. Surviving are her husband, Alvin, son Douglas Alan Brunssen; daughter, Debra Michele Brunssen; daughter-in-law, Marsha Brunssen and grand-daughter, Stacy Dawn Brunssen. Also surviving are brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visistation will be held June 6 at the Langsford Funeral Home between the hours of 9- 11 a.m. Services will be held at the funeral home immediately following visitation. Burial will be in the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Prairie Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Marjory was so supportive of the DAR’s efforts to support Veterans and the Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.

(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64063, 816-524-3700 )

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