Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:01 pm
Margery Kay (Fike) Gorden was born Jan. 31, 1929, in Waterloo, the daughter of Homer and Margaret (Dawson) Fike. Memorials preferred to Bethel Presbyterian Church, West Union and Heifer International. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, West Union, with Rev. Don Best as the officiant. There was a one-hour visitation before services at the church Saturday. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian, helped the family with the arrangements.
She graduated from Orange Consolidated School in 1947. She attended McPherson College in Kansas and received her home economics education degree in 1951, from Iowa State University. Margery taught homemaking classes at Newhall, New Hampton and Klemme, Iowa schools and Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va. Margery was united in marriage to Doyle Gorden Aug. 7, 1955, at South Waterloo Church of the Brethren. They lived in Garner, Tripoli, Fort Collins, Colo., Spirit Lake and West Union before moving to their farm near Castalia in 1971. Margery was a member of numerous organizations, some of which were the Association for Retarded Citizens, Opportunity Homes and United Way of Winneshiek County. She also was an active member of Bethel Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School and worked in vacation Bible school, Session, Presbyterian Women and John Knox Presbytery.
Margery is survived by her husband, Doyle; sons, Kyle (Vicki) Gorden of Elkhorn, Wis. and Daryl (Wallis) Gorden of Asheboro, N.C.; daughter, Margaret (Mark) Neubauer of Crystal, Minn.; three grandchildren: Dustin Gorden, Katelyn Neubauer and BreAnna Neubauer; brother, Neil Fike of Waterloo; sister-in-law, Norma (Milo) Bettis of Allerton; brother-in-law, Loel (Carol) Gorden of Winona, Minn. and many nieces and nephews.
Margery was preceded in death by her parents; father and mother in-law, Willis and Verda Gorden; daughter, Gayle; and sisters- in- law, Beverly Fike, Lois Gorden, Lorene Gorden and Katherine Gorden.