Marjorie Gilliland 1927-2017

Marjorie Gilliland 1927-2017

Marjorie “Marj” Lou Gilliland, 90, passed away on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka.

She was born on July 24, 1927, in rural Atchison County, the first of three children born to James and Luella Marie (Robinson) Cowley.

She graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1945. On Dec. 8, 1946, she married Maurice “Mose” Glenn Gilliland at the Methodist Church in Norton­ville. He passed away on March 12, 2009. They spent most of their lives on the family farm north and east of Holton.

To this union, two children were born: Gayla Schmanke (Robert) of Olathe, KS and Raney Gilliland (Jill) of Topeka. Also surviving are three grandsons: Brian Schmanke (Terrilyn) of Overland Park, Darin Schmanke (Gretchen) of Overland Park and Asher Gilliland of Topeka. In addition, she is survived by four great-grandchildren: Syd­ney and Ethan Schmanke of Over­land Park, and Maya and Nolan Schmanke of Overland Park. She is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Scarlett of Valley Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ralph Cow­ley.

Marj had worked for Santa Fe Railroad and had been deputy clerk of the District Court of Jackson County. In addition, she was a member of the First United Meth­odist Church in Holton and had been a member of the former Wednesday Club, a local Home Demonstration Unit, and had been a sewing leader for the Lucky Stars 4-H Club.

She loved to read and embroider. Of great importance to Marj was that her children and grandchildren acquire college educations. This goal was accomplished with almost all of the degrees being attained at Kansas State University.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow in Denison Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Johnson Center for Basic Can­cer Research at Kansas State Uni­versity, sent in care of Mercer Fu­neral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special mes­sage for the family, please visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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