Marjorie Louise Jeffrey

January 13, 1928April 1, 2014

Marjorie Louise Carspecken Jeffrey slipped peacefully from this earth at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren late in the evening of April 1, 2014. Marjorie Louise Carspecken was a Midwestern girl. She was born on a cold January Friday the 13th in 1928. She was the eldest of three sisters known around Burlington, Iowa simply as the “Carspecken girls”. She had an early passion for drama and music and organized her own neighborhood acting troupe. This passion developed into a promising talent which led her to the University of Iowa’s Drama Department to study under the renowned EC Mabie. In 1946 all acting plans were set aside when, on February 8, she eloped to Hiawatha, Kansas to marry her high school sweetheart, Robert Campbell Jeffrey. They began their married life in Iowa City, Iowa while Robert finished school at the University of Iowa. His career took them to Mount Vernon, Iowa, Charlottesville, Virginia, Bloomington, Indiana and finally to Austin, Texas in 1968. They raised a family of five children. Robert passed away in April of 2000. Marjorie loved him until the hour of her death and beyond… .Marjorie loved to travel. Her very special places included Natchez, Mississippi, Estes Park, Colorado, home places in Iowa and always Virginia. She loved the rolling mountains and quiet valleys of the Blue Ridge and could spend hours walking on Monticello Mountain in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson. She loved good mysteries, biographies and especially cherished the writings of Henry David Thoreau. Marjorie appreciated good theatre and enjoyed going to an occasional concert, and always encouraged artistic pleasures of her children and grandchildren. But above all, Marjorie loved her family. She was a steadfast and devoted mother who loved her children and grandchildren fiercely and unconditionally. Marjorie is survived by her children, Robert Campbell Jeffrey Jr (Christina), Paula Louise Jeffrey (Tom), Douglas Allen Jeffrey, Nora Leigh Jeffrey and Margaret “Megan” Rae Dowell (Richard); her beloved grandchildren, Ashleigh and Andrew Harrison, Jacob Harrison (Hilde), Dylan Jeffrey, Marjorie Jeffrey, and Cameron, Caileigh and McKenna Dowell; her great grandchildren, Tony and Benito Jeffrey and Finn and Bronte Harrison; her brothers-in-law Edgar and Dick Jeffrey (Diane) and sister-in-law Lucille Pollard; cherished nieces and nephews, Laurie, Sue, Tim, David, Marla, John, Jill, Ginger and Jeff. She is predeceased by her parents, Paul and Louise Carspecken, her husband, Robert Jeffrey and her sisters, Jeanne Jeffrey and Mimi Denz. Mass will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:30 in the afternoon at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church at 4311 Small Drive in Austin. Condolences may be sent to The family wishes to thank the staff at A MED Hospice, especially Pat, Connie, April and Rose, the nursing staff of the third and fourth floors of Seton Northwest, Dr. Michael Williams, Peoples Pharmacy at Lakeline, Walgreens Pharmacy at Metric and Braker, the employees at Olive Garden on Burnet Road and at the Starbucks at Rockwood and Anderson, and her neighbor and friend, Lucy Alff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Des Moines County Historical Society located at 501 North 4th St, Burlington, Iowa 52601 All burdens lifted, all darkness, light… Only love remains

“Now voyager, come home, come home to rest. Lay down your fiery burden and be blest, be blest…” the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, Austin, Texas.


  • Memorial Service Monday, April 7, 2014

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Ruth Hansen

April 8, 2014

Nora, Megan and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. All of you took such wonderful care of your mom. May God surround you with his love and strength.

Michael Wilson

April 8, 2014

I will always remember Aunt Marty for the bright intellect and shinning heart that defined the person she was.

Her love of the founding fathers, especially Jefferson and the principles that drove them to define a country had it's influence in the way she lived her life. I always remember that about her.

She can now keep company with all the great people she admired in life and the family that she forever held close to her heart.

May your steps continue through our hearts and your example ever be kept alive in the way we treat each other.

Forever in my heart,


Neda Norouzi

April 8, 2014

I will miss her. Ms. Marjorie was a kind person and I learned a lot from her. I had just moved from Iran as a young adult and missed my family a lot. She knew that I liked sending cards to my family in Iran; she also knew that I enjoyed oil/acrylic painting so she gave a box of post cards that were prints of Van Gogh's paintings. I keep her family in my thoughts and prayers. LOTS OF LOVE

April 7, 2014

I remember working with Marjorie for quite a few years. She was always friendly, helpful and professional. I always enjoyed working with her and knowing a few members of her wonderful family. My sincerest condolences - Sid Lister

Susie O'Dell

April 7, 2014

Marjorie was such a blessing to all of us at Prodigy Child Development Center. My sixteen year old niece was in her class when she was two and just she said, "Oh, I loved how Ms. Marjorie told stories." She was loved, respected, and admired by all who worked with her. She touched many young lives and inspired a love of reading in all who passed through her classroom. My condolences to the family.
With Gratitude,
Susie O'Dell,
Former Director,
Prodigy Child Development Center

Laurie Wilson

April 7, 2014

My heart and prayers are with all of you. I find peace in knowing Aunt Marty and her sisters no longer have to listen in the quiet to hear the voices and laughter they missed so. Along Heaven's pathways the Carspecken Girls again walk together. Laurie Jeanne

Anna Wilson

April 7, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am very sorry for your loss.

Lucy Alff

April 7, 2014

Dear Nora and family, I feel so blessed to have lived next door to Marjorie. She was a great neighbor, so friendly and interested in others. Now she walks with the angels. My prayers are with you, Lucy

April 7, 2014

Dear Nora and family, I feel so blessed to have known my Iowa dear friend. I worked with Marjorie at Prodigy. She always had so much compassion and wisdom to share. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathy Protsman
former coworker

Camille Goodman

April 6, 2014

Nora, I knew your mom for almost 40 years. She was like a second mother to me. She was one of the most un-judgemental, loving, and kind people I have ever known. Her life has forever impacted me in the way she loved others. I never saw her lose her temper, say a cross or unkind word, nor anything disparaging, ever, about anyone. What a treasure she was. She will live on in the lives whom she touched with such grace and goodness.