Former Hastings, NE resident Marjorie Lucile Lake was born on February 17, 1925 in Mankato, KS to Andrew (Andy) and Amy Ozella (Marshall) Smith. She went to her heavenly home March 19, 2021 in Solomon, KS with family by her side.
Marge was raised in Northbranch, KS, attended Northbranch Friends Academy and graduated in 1942.
On March 7, 1947, she was united in marriage to Ralph Lake in Mankato, KS. They were blessed with two sons, Michael and Scott.
Marge was an active member of Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene in Hastings, NE always dedicating her time to children and Sunday school, especially the nursery. Marge loved to read and enjoyed history and read many biographies on Presidents, their wives and the Royal Family. She was known for her great memory and her ability to tell stories. She was a faithful reader of the Jewell County Record and never missed a week.
Marge and Ralph enjoyed traveling when they could. They especially enjoyed trips to see their son Mike, grandson Matthew and granddaughter Stephanie, great grandchildren and also son Scott. This included trips to both the east and west coasts. There were summers when Matt and Steph were growing up that they were able to travel to Nebraska and spend a week or so being spoiled by their Grandmother.
After 47 years of being residents of Hastings, NE, in 2017 Ralph and Marge moved to Arbor Court in Salina, KS to be closer to family. In November of 2020, when it was getting tougher for her to care for herself, Nephew Brad Gillett and wife Cheri and their family made the decision to move her to their home in Solomon, KS. Marge was like a grandmother to Brad and Cheri’s children Traci Bowman – Manhattan, KS, Brian Gillett – Catarina, TX and Lynne Robertson – Salina, KS. Being in their home allowed her to be surrounded by family where she enjoyed spending time and watching great great nephews, Cooper, and Waylon Robertson, help out and play.
Those left to cherish her memory are: Son, Scott Lake - Santa Rosa, CA; Grandchildren, Matt (LeAnne) Lake - Clayton, NC and Stephanie (Jeff) Britt – Henderson, NC; Great-Grandchildren, Andrew Lake - Ormond Beach, FL, Erica Jefferys - Clayton, NC, Emory Britt – Charlotte, NC, and Sam Britt – Charlotte, NC; Great-Great-Grandson, Marshall – Ormond Beach, FL; and nieces and nephews.
Marge was preceded in death by husband Ralph Lake, son Mike Lake, parents Andy and Ozella Smith, brothers Keith Smith & Don Smith and sister Ardis Taylor.
Graveside Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings, Nebraska. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday with family present 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene. For the health and safety of others face masks are required for those attending the visitation and graveside service, your cooperation is appreciated.