Marjorie Louise (Knox) Cartmill came into this world on September 21, 1938, in Wellington, Kansas, daughter of Harold William Knox and Melba Faye (Church) Knox. She grew up on the family farm near South Haven, Kansas where she warmly spoke of spending her days outside at her father’s heels.
Marge’s first big adventure in life found her enlisted in the Marines and stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii where she met the love of her life, Daniel Robert Cartmill. With a whirlwind romance they became one on February 15, 1958. The birth of their children followed their military career with Cindy being born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Patty in Portsmouth, Virginia and Danny in Bethesda, Maryland in very quick succession. Marge was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1959 and with Dan’s honorable discharge from the Navy in 1964, the young couple landed in Anthony, Kansas for the remainder of their lives.
It was in Anthony that Marge’s love of family, community and of all things outdoors came to life. Whether she was showing a child how to bait a hook, teaching gun safety, leading a gaggle of Girl Scouts on a campout or a young son wanting to learn how to field dress a deer, she always had a let’s-learn-together attitude. Impossible was not in her vocabulary, and if she was told that something couldn’t be done…well it was best just to stand back and watch!
Marge brought this attitude along with her sense of integrity and fairness to her employment at the Anthony Hospital and her volunteerism. She served on the local Farm Service Agency for 19 years in the capacity of an advisor and board member. Marge also served on the Harper County Farm Bureau board for 18 years and filled many positions, including president and women’s chair. She also served on the Kansas Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee and was awarded the Friends of Agriculture award in 2017.
On December 13, 2022, after a brief stay at the Attica Long Term Care Facility, Marge was released from her failing body to be reunited with husband Dan and son Danny, sisters Rogene Currey and Virginia Bacon. Their spirit will live on through daughter Cindy Saufferer and husband Brad, daughter Patty Aldrich and husband Larry, daughter-in-law Cindy Cartmill, brother James Knox and wife Alana, sister Mary Sneed and husband Jim, brother Willie Knox and wife Joe; nine grandchildren: Emily Howe, Beth Christesen, Amy Saufferer, Ryan Saufferer, Health Knolla, Ashley Jantz, Arleigh McCormick, Molly Tebow and Daniel Robert Cartmill, III; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 p.m. January 14, 2023 at Revolution Fellowship Church in Anthony with Pastor Kent Olds officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Marine Corp.
Memorials in memory of Marge may be made to Revolution Fellowship and can be sent in care of Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003.