Marjorie Geer believed in putting others before herself, and she had an ability to forgive others without question, her family members said.
“She believed in JOY - Jesus first, yourself last and others in between,” said her son, Jason Geer. “The church and her family is what she lived for.”
Marjorie Geer, 76, of Valparaiso, died Oct. 20. She was a graduate of The Salvation Army School for Officers Training and served as an officer for the Salvation Army for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Geer, in 2007.
Her sister, Kathy Patterson, said she was stationed all over the Midwest as an officer for The Salvation Army, and was actively involved in children’s, teens and ladies ministries. She shared the pulpit with her husband in preaching God’s word in their communities.
“She loved ministering to others, particularly the underprivileged,” Patterson said.
When the family settled in Valpo, she continued to be active in her church, Patterson said.
“She had heard a call from God to serve,” she said. “It was her gift from him and she was most fulfilled in giving of herself.”
Geer's daughter, Camie Marfoe, said her mother put her life on hold for six months to take care of Patterson when she was facing cancer and subsequent surgeries.
“She nursed her and did whatever had to be done to make sure she was well cared for,” she said. “It was amazing to me.”
People admired her for her humble spirit and the way she lived her faith, family members said.
“She didn’t simply preach her faith, she lived it out,” her sister said.