Marjorie E. Krone

December 28, 1920 - May 20, 2018

Marjorie E. Krone, 97, of Virginia and formerly of Jacksonville, died Sunday, May 20, at the Walker Nursing Home in Virginia.

She was born Dec. 28, 1920, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Edward H. and Marguerite Irvine Krone. She is survived by several cousins and was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Carlin E. Krone.

Marjorie was a graduate of Jacksonville High School and Illinois College, where she was active in the Chi Beta Literary Society.    She had a distinguished 40-year career in education, teaching high school science classes. She first taught in Rushville, Havana and Virginia before relocating to Kankakee for her final 30 years of instruction. After retiring, she was selected as the 1983 Citizen of the Year by the Kankakee School District.

While in Kankakee, Marjorie resided 22 years in the Bradley House, a landmark which was constructed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1900. During 1960, she was the only Illinois teacher selected to attend a Pennsylvania symposium on nuclear energy which was led by one of the professors who served as a consultant on the atomic bomb. She was also chosen in 1966 to participate in an advanced degree program for teachers of earth science at Indiana University.
After returning to central Illinois, Marjorie continued her volunteer service. She was honored as the 2007 Volunteer of the Year by the Illinois Department of Human Services in recognition of her 25 years of service with the Jacksonville Developmental Center Volunteer Association.

She was also a long time member of the Land of Lincoln Soybean Association, Morgan County Audubon Society, Morgan County Genealogical and Historical Society, West Central Lady Land Owners, Morgan County Garden Club, Jacksonville Woman’s Club, and was among the founding members of the Cass County Home Bureau.

As a youngster, Marjorie participated in 4-H programs. She took great pride in preserving her Cass County farmland and was pleased to have her family farm recognized as an Illinois Sesquicentennial Farm in 2004.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. Thursday until the time of services. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Walker Nursing Home Resident Activity Fund. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com .