Marjorie Switzer McFarlane

Marjorie Switzer McFarlane

Marjorie Switzer McFarlane, age 86, peacefully joined the Lord on Feb. 14, 2014.
Marge was born in Gill, Colo., on July 29, 1927, the fourth and final child to George and Edith Tresler. She was raised on a dairy farm in Eden, Wyo.
Upon high school graduation, Marge started college in Laramie, Wyo., and met and married her first husband, Francis Howard Switzer, on Jan. 9, 1947. Frank, as a manager for J.C. Penney, was transferred many times within the northern United States while raising four children. In 1960, they moved to Billings and this became their home. Marge earned her earned her B.S. in Rehabilitation and Related Services in 1981 from Eastern Montana College and worked at Canyon Creek Elementary School as a school counselor.
Marge was on the Montana Regional Youth Substance Abuse Task Force; Co-facilitator for therapy groups at Rimrock Guidance Foundation and on multiple committees and member of Administrative Boards at the First United Methodist Church as Chairman of Christian Education; on the Christian Education Board at Faith Chapel; sponsor of Billings Walk to Emmaus and Children’s Camps and most recently, a member of the Word of Life Church and a longtime member of PEO.
On October 6, 1990, Marge married Robert McFarlane and, together, they continued growing in their faith and united two families and were very proud parents of five children, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Marge and Bob moved to Westpark Retirement Village in January 2011 and became part of that loving community. We also thank RiverStone Hospice for their care.
Preceding her in death was her firstborn son, Robert Ward Switzer, in 1963; her first husband, Frank, in 1979; and her second husband, Robert McFarlane, in August 2013. She is survived by her sister, Alice Allen; biological children, Chris Switzer, Julie (David Mitchell) and Scott Switzer (Shelley); and her stepchildren, Glenn and Anne McFarlane and Gloria Dady.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Word of Life, 1737 King Ave. W., Billings, with a reception following. Memorials may be made to Word of Life.

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