Marjorie M. Clements, 78, of Highland died on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 at her home.
A private, graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Highland City Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Billy Blackmon, pastor of Highland Southern Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.
She was born on June 3, 1937 in Pocahontas to James and Marie (Stueber) Shaw. She married James F. “Max” Clements in 1966. He survives in Highland.
Mrs. Clements grew up on the family farm. She raised her five children and helped with the work on the farm.
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She also worked at Marine Garment Factory in Highland for more than 30 years as a seamstress. She also did her own seamstress work by sewing prom dresses, cheerleading uniforms and wedding dresses.
She and her husband operated Patrick’s Restaurant in Carlyle and Breitie’s Again in Greenville. She made crafts and sold them at craft fairs and at Diamond Mineral Springs restaurant in Grantfork, which was owned by her daughter and son-in-law.
She and her husband enjoyed traveling and visiting their grandchildren. She enjoyed monthly luncheon with garment factory ladies and Kaeser Drug store ladies.
For many years, Mrs. Clements was very active with the Special Olympics program in Clinton County. She also volunteered for the Clinton County Rehabilitation Center “Community Link” in Breese. Mr. and Mrs. Clements also sponsored foreign exchange students for many years; the Gutierrez and Martinez families were extra special to her.
She was a member of First Congregational Church in Highland, Order of the Eastern Star in Pocahontas and the Carlyle Historical Society.
Other survivors include sons, Patrick S. (Melody) Clements of Highland and Kevin W. (Judy) Cordes of Newton, Ala.; daughters, Vanessa L. (Bradley) Michael of Highland, Tammy S. (Dale) Siever of Phoenix, Ariz., and Laurie J. (Mark) Plocher of Highland; grandchildren, Christopher D. (Cheryl) Michael of Highland, Chad R. (Andrea) Michael (twin) of Chicago, Brent J. Michael, M.D., (twin) of Santa Monica, Calif., Gaylen S. (Amy) Michael of Highland, Kevin D. Cordes, Tabitha (Steven) Burgess, Lacey (David) Haden, Jacquelyn R. (significant other James) Cordes, Jackson Cordes (twin), Jillian Cordes (twin), Braiden Siever of Phoenix, Ariz., Jason (Stephaine) Siever of Seattle, Wash., Kirsten Siever of Phoenix, Ariz., Heather (Kyle) Linenfelser, Rachel (Adam) Peterson, Garret (Megan) Plocher, Alex Plocher, Ethan Clements of Highland and Gabriel Clements of Highland; 22 great-grandchildren, with another anticipated (Rachel Peterson is due in seven months); a brother, George (Shirley) Shaw of Pocahontas; a sister, Judy (Ken) Lockwood of St. Louis, Mo.; and her ex-husband, Max E. Cordes, whom she married in 1954 and divorced 1959.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a great-grandson, Adam Christiasen, who was stillborn on June 22, 2005.
Memorials may be made to the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry (food pantry) or Louis Latzer Memorial Library.