Marjorie Neelley Pitner

To know Marjorie Pitner is to love and admire a truly great lady, who embodied many of the virtues seen in those who lived through America’s hard times and prevailed.  People often noted her “pioneer spirit”, her uncritical and accepting nature, and her devotion and love for her family and friends.

            Marjorie Neelley Pitner was born in Wellborn, Texas, December 30, 1914.   She was the oldest of three children and grew up during the depression.  There was no money for college, but she attended business school in Houston, paying her way by serving as a nanny for two young children.  She returned to College Station, where the family now lived, and gained employment as a secretary for Texas A&M.  With her salary and her mother’s income from an assortment of job s, she was able support her family and to help educate her younger siblings. While working on the A&M campus, Marjorie met H. M. “Doc” Pitner, a handsome young student who was attending A&M on an athletic scholarship.  The couple married in 1937 and soon moved to the Denton area where Doc’s family had lived for about 100 years and soon became active in the growing community. They owned and operated Pitner Packing Plant for about twenty-five years, were active in the Optimist Club, the Sheriff’s Posse, and the Roundup Club.  They enjoyed raising and showing several different breeds of horses.  Doc and Marjorie were instrumental in establishing the North Texas Fair Association and in producing Saturday night rodeos.  For many years Marjorie served as secretary and handled the weekly parade of cowboys entering the rodeo with efficiency and good humor.  In fact, Marjorie was always the bookkeeper and organizer of most of the ventures they undertook and was known for her meticulous and unforgiving double entry bookkeeping system.

             Doc died January 10, 1971 and since that time Marjorie has continued her life of service and productivity. She and Doc owned Roselawn Memorial Park, and Marjorie served as president until August, 2005.  She served on the Board of Directors of North Texas Savings and Loan, an association Doc and Marjorie helped bring to Denton.  

                       The life of Marjorie Pitner was characterized by a generous, giving spirit and a quiet zest for life.  She was an avid sport’s enthusiast, never missing any televised sport, tennis match or any sport or activity that involved her “kids”.   She enjoyed traveling and socializing with friends and fellow members of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and she never met a New York Times crossword puzzle that she didn’t conquer with pen and ink.

            Her greatest joy, however, was her family.  Marjorie doted on her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a brand new great-great-granddaughter, none of whom, in her opinion, could do any wrong.  Her grandchildren are Mike, David and T.J. Riley, children of Linda Pitner and Tony Riley and John Kelsoe and Kaylin Kelsoe  Farmer, children of Patricia Pitner and Jerry Kelsoe.  There are thirteen great-grand children, each having a portion of their college education provided by their great grandmother. Her legacy of caring and giving lives on.

            Marjorie Pitner passed from this life July 17, 2007 with all her family at her side.  She will be missed.

            Visitation will be held Thursday, July 19, 2007 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Mulkey Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust in Denton. Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church, 1100 Malone St.  at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 20, 2007 with Rev. Cliff Feeler officiating followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers are her sons-in-law, Jerry Kelsoe and Tony Riley and her grandsons, Mike Riley, David Riley, T. J. Riley, and John Kelsoe.

SOURCE: Mulkey-Mason Family of Funeral Homes



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