Marjie Ann Lehmkuhler Klebe, 76, peacefully passed away the morning of Jan. 3 in the Del E. Webb Banner Hospital in Sun City West, Ariz.
Born March 6, 1943, in Newcastle, Marjie was the daughter of Clarence Lehmkuhler and Helen Marr Lehmkuhler.
Marjie loved life and always enjoyed it to the fullest. As a young girl, she was active in church choir and became an accomplished flautist, extending her musical talents through high school. She was active in Girl Scouts and went on to be a leader at Senior Girl Scout camp. As a young adult, she worked for the city engineer in Cheyenne, saving money for the car she subsequently drove to the University of Wyoming for her continuing education.
Marjie was a strong and independent person. She paid for her own college tuition to supplement a scholarship, sang in church choir and took the time to learn to ski. Marjie believed in the value of education and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business education and teaching at the University of Wyoming. She then went on to teach business at the high school level in Cheyenne, completing a 30-year commitment to the betterment of numerous students, many of whom still remember her fondly.
Marjie loved to travel. A highlight of her life was a trip to England and Scotland with her mother, Helen. She then met up with her son, Michael, to continue travels through Europe. The purpose of this trip was to research family roots and develop the genealogy of her ancestors. As an adventurer, Marjie later went on to cross the United States on a motorcycle. Also, as an owner of a Minnie-Winnie RV, Marjie made many trips on four wheels in the Western U.S. Later, she and Roger Smith made a number of RV trips together, finally settling in Buckeye, Ariz., and becoming members of the Church at Litchfield Park.
Marjie is survived by son, Michael, and his wife, Kelley, and granddaughters Ella and Lily. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Holmes; her husband, Ned; and by Roger Smith, her loving and devoted life partner.
A memorial service in celebration of Marjie’s life will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Church at Litchfield Park, Ariz. The family requests that remembrances be made as donations to the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Park Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.
This is a paid obituary.