Marjorie Hanley

Obituary of Marjorie Lois Hanley



Preceded in death by parents, Rev. L. Keith and Caroline M. Hanley.

Marjorie is survived by daughters, Laurinda (Bob) and Denise; grandchildren, Tiffany, Jesse, Gina (Jeff), Lianne (Cruz), Keith (Katelyn), and Julia; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Borgny); sister, Wilma (Alan), and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Marjorie pushed boundaries. Born near Upland, IN, she graduated valedictorian of Frederic High School, studied at Hamline University where, in the 1950s, female students weren’t supposed to be interested in economics classes, and later finished her business administration degree at the University of St. Catherine’s weekend college.

She was employed with the former Campbell-Mithun Advertising for 35 years where she started as a secretary and became the firm’s first female account executive. Among her notable accomplishments, she organized, operated and judged the first Milk Carton Boat Race as a Minneapolis Aquatennial event for the Milk Foundation. The 50th anniversary of these races was celebrated in 2021.

In retirement, she was a volunteer with Unity Hospital and held leadership roles on the volunteer board. She was skilled in sewing, knitting, and crochet, leaving behind many cherished gifts for her family, both tangible and intangible.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran church, 9185 Lexington Ave NE, Circle Pines with visitation at 1:00PM.

Memorials preferred to Mayo Clinic for Alzheimer’s disease research or Sleep Center research.

Gifts can be made by phone at 855-852-8129, online at, or by my mail - Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 - in the memo line of the check or on a separate note please indicate that the gift is in memory of Marjorie L. Hanley for either Alzheimer’s Disease Research or Sleep Center Research.

A Memorial Tree was planted for Marjorie
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