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Marjorie White

d. June 24, 2023

Marjorie White, age 91, of Tallula, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Marjorie was born February 23, 1932 in Effingham County in IL, the daughter of August and Clara (Poehler) Wendling.

She married Harold White on October 25, 1952 in Pocahontas, Arkansas

Mourning her passing are her children, daughter, Rebecca (Jim) Meyer; son Dave (Kristi) White;  three grandchildren, JP (Lexie) Meyer, Kayla (Austin) Shunk, and Diego White; six great-grandchildren; brother, Curt Wendling; and several nieces & nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold; daughter, Barbara White; son, John White; brothers, Ralph Wendling and Kenneth Wendling; and sister, Dorothy Wendling.

Marjorie graduated from the high school in Olney, Illinois in 1950.  She later graduated from Memorial School of Nursing Class of 1954.

After graduating from Memorial School of Nursing, she worked as a nurse at Memorial Hospital.  She then worked as Administrator at Sunny Acres Nursing Home and later at the Menard County Health Department as a nurse.  Marjorie returned to Memorial Hospital in 1975, retiring in 1996.

She was a caregiver to others for the vast majority of her life whether it be as a nurse and/or mother.  She retired to take care of her husband until his death in 2000. Then her son needed care and she moved him in with her and took care of him until his death in 2009.  Later, in her 80’s she moved her daughter in with her to take care of her when she had health issues until her death 2021.

After retirement, she worked seasonally as a volunteer at New Salem State Park from 2002 until 2008.

Marjorie loved baking cookies with granddaughter, Kayla; dog sitting Tank and Bentley.  She loved to watch the progress of the tomatoes in her planter boxes built by her grandson Diego.

She loved being outside working in her yard, weedeating her yard, and helping her son cut firewood and stacking it.  She also loved sitting outside in her swing built by her grandson, JP.

Marjorie’s family was her greatest joy.  She loved them very much.  She sacrificed so much for them throughout her life.

Visitation for Marjorie will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Pleasant Plains.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 10:00 AM also at the church. Burial will be held immediately after the services at Oak Ridge Cemetery.  Rev. Donald Pritchard will be officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Tallula BLS.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at



  1. I worked with Marjorie, when I first started at Memorial in 1979. She was the sweetest lady, and such a professional. It was a joy and a learning all at the same time. May she rest in peace.

  2. Peace to you aunt Marge and your family.
    I will always cherish the memories.

  3. Peace to you Great Aunt Marge. You have selflessly loved your family and we will miss you always.

  4. We’re so sorry for your loss. Marge was the sweetest person that I’ve ever met. She was so giving and caring. We’re praying for you’re whole family. Linda & Jim McWhorter

  5. So sorry of Mrs White death. I worked at Memorial with her at times. She was so easy going, very knowledgble,, always had a smile, never saw her rushing , cared for each patient as she had all the time in the world for each soul, a very great nurse. She cared for everyone. God got a good one this time. Again very sorry.

  6. Marge was such a big part of my life as a teenager. I would babysit her children as she slept after a long night shift at Memorial. She was such a nice lady even though I knew she was tired. I will always remember her with fondness. Peace and Love

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