Marjorie Clark Westling

Marjorie Clark Westling

Marjorie Clark Westling, wife of the Rev. Lester Westling, passed away in July. This obituary is reprinted from the Redding Record Searchlight.

Marjorie Westling, 81, died Sunday, July 31, 2011 at Canyonwood Nursing Center following five years of progressive illnesses. A Requiem Eucharist was celebrated at St. Luke's Anglican Church, Redding on Friday August 12, with a private burial following at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, Igo.

Born in Webster, SD and raised in Mobridge, SD, she graduated from Mobridge High School in the class of 1948, then studied at Jamestown College, Jamestown ND. Marjorie came to Redding in July of 1987 when her husband retired from the Naval Chaplaincy to become Rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church prior to construction. The granddaughter, daughter, niece, sister and wife of Episcopal Clergy, Marjorie always welcomed her own place in both church and community. She was the mother of three who have found productive careers and produced families that reflect proudly on her parenting.

Marjorie was in banking for 9 years prior to her almost 53-year marriage to the Rev. Lester Westling when he was then Vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley. With him, she was appointed a Missionary of the Episcopal Church, serving in the Philippines for six and a half years, first with Igorot tribes in the Mountain Province of Luzon, then with 4000 students at St. Stephen's (Chinese) High School in Manila. During Navy years, she lived two years with her family on Guam, 14 months in Bethesda, MD, but mostly in the East Bay Area. She enjoyed serving on the Altar Guild, gardening, neighbors and pets. She loved people and was devoted to serving them. She was active with clergy and Navy wives' groups, and was one of the original sponsors of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.

Marjorie will be clearly missed by her husband, the Rev. Lester Westling, daughter Karla Nancy Bakke (Peter) of Placitas, NM; son Lester Leon Westling, III of Fairbanks, AK; daughter Karen June Jerome (Brett) of Redding; her sister Elizabeth Given of Great Falls, MT, and by 11 grandchildren. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, twin sister Kathryn Clark King, sister Dorothy Jean Clark Mattheisen, and brothers Robert, the Rev. Paul, and John William Clark.


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1. Fr. Lester Westling wrote:
Thank you for sharing this news. Marge lived and died as an ardent Episcopalian, and her Requiem was attended by all the local Episcopal clergy. A telephome message of condolence from Bishop Beisner was a great source of comfort to me. Her headstone at the Veterans Cemetery will carry this message: "Adored by all who knew her."

Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 8:12 PM

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