A Short History and Memories of Marjorie Blaser By Mildred Blaser Brown, her sister
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Marjorie was born June 7, 1918 at home in Plano, Idaho. She was the second child and daughter of Ernest Blaser and Margaret Grosnick Blaser. Her father, Ernest Blaser, Bishop of the Plano Ward, blessed her July 7, 1918. Marjorie was baptized June 7, 1926 by her father, in the St. Anthony canal east of the Plano Cemetery. She was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, July 4, 1926.
Her school days began in the old red brick school house on the Plano Townsite, as a first grader in the fall of 1924. In her 7th grade she received a Certificate of Award for a perfect record in Spelling. Marjorie received a Home Reading Award in the 8th Grade, graduating on April 29, 1932. Her 6-8 grade teachers were: Francis J. Goodliffe and Arthur L. Purcell.
She completed 3 years of study as a Freshman, Sophomore, and a Junior at the Edmunds High School, also receiving a Certificate for completing the Junior Seminary Course for the three years, on May 6, 1934. Marjorie was an outstanding student in school and enjoyed spelling, reading, etc. A. W. Clinger was her Principal or Superintendent in her 11th grade.
A group of young people from our ward was taken over to Rexburg to receive their Patriarchal Blessing by A.J. Hansen, Patriarch. Marjorie and I both had our Blessings on March 30th, 1931.
She completed the Ranks of Builder in the Hive and Gaterher of Honey, receiving the Bee-Hive Girls' Graduation Certificate, with jennie Hemsley as her Ward Bee-Keeper.
Marjorie and I were very good friends and pals, interested in our teen years with Lynn Covington and Ross Walters, two cousins, not dating, but enjoying walks, playing games, etc. , together. Later on during the years we spent at Macks Inn, she was the homemaker at the cabin with a hired girl to help with the children. I clerked in the store and helped Mother in the Post Office. We made many friends with those living there for the summer months, the Valley boys from Menan and Plano area, going to dances at Macks Inn and Pond's Lodge, boating on the river, and just getting together with a group of our friends, bringing their guitars and every one just singing and visiting. We each purchased a tennis racquet and played tennis together there in the pines, too.
Marjorie also had many friends in Plano and enjoyed the flower garden we had between our home and our store on the Plano townsite. She was a dedicated baby sitter and loved tending her younger brothers and sisters. She also liked to wear my clothes, even though she was a little taller than I.
When Bill and I were dating, she and Bill's sister Inez, were invited to attend the movies with us several times.
Marjorie wasn't feeling very well in the spring of 1935. One day she wanted to come home and study for exams at the Edmunds High School. I began walking towards the school and met her at Cliff Robertson's corner. Then the mail carrier came along and picked us up for a ride home.
On March 9, Saturday, Dad and Mother went to Rexburg to keep an appointment with Dr. H. B. Rigby for Marjorie. After her examination the Doctor suggested she quit school and stay in bed for 2 weeks, due to a heart condition. She had many visitors during this time.
On Thursday, April 4, Dad, Mother, Gladys, Fred, and I left for Salt Lake City. It was Conference time. We stayed at Grandpa and Grandma Grosnick's home. Upon arriving home Sunday evening, Marjorie's condition worsened. Monday her pulse rate was around 125 per minute with a low fever. She didn't rest well that night. On Tuesday morning, My Dad and Job Hemsley administered to her. Wednesday, April 10, Mother and I took her over to see Dr. Rigby. He said to leave her in his Hospital for 2-3 days. Then we could take her home with us again. Because we thought it might be lonesome for her, I stayed with her overnight. They gave her two hypos, sleeping tablets, and still she didn't rest. There was such a pain in her stomach she just couldn't sleep. Her pulse was still 125 per minute. She continually wanted water, but couldn't keep it on her stomach.
Mother came into the Hospital early the next Morning, saw how much deterioration had gone on in Marjorie's condition. She called the Doctor, also Henry Blunck and another Elder to administer to her. After Dr. Rigby examined her with another Doctor, they decided to give her blood transfusion. My blood didn't match hers so Ricks College was called to see if any student was available for a blood donor. Within an hour after Mother arrived, it was too late them for a blood transfusion. Marjorie passed away at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, April 11, 1935, not quite 17 years old. Dad arrived at 11:00 A.M., and said her blood organs just stopped working. Her death certificate states the cause of death as an abscess cervical gland left, acute pancarditis and secondary anemia.
Her funeral service was held in the old Plano Ward Church House on Monday, April 15th under the direction of our Bishop Cleon Parkinson. Marjorie was buried in the Rexburg Cemetery.
It was a terrible shock and a very sorrowful and difficult time for all of our family, especially my Mother, who mourned her loss till her own death.
She was born in the Covenant and endowed March 31, 1937 in the Logan Temple.
Marjorie was a very thoughtful, loving, and spiritual person to us and her many friends.