Marjorie Annette (Morrow) Clifford

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Marjorie Annette (Morrow) Clifford, age 94 of Holiday Island, AR, passed away on Oct. 10, at 7:19 p.m., in Bentonville, AR. Marjorie was born near Garden City, KS on Jul. 7, 1918, to Nettie and Clayton Morrow.

Her childhood years were spent in the southwest corner of Kansas and the panhandle of Oklahoma. She met and married William Irvin Clifford (Bill) at age 17. Shortly after the marriage, they moved near the town of Beaver, AR with Marjorie's parents, to escape the hard times of the "Great Depression" and the following "Dust Bowl" years. As the depression began to lessen and after their first two sons were born, they moved to Enid, OK to find work.

Marjorie bore six boys between 1935 and 1954. The growing family was always members of a Baptist church, wherever they lived and all six sons grew up in that tradition. There were lots of moves before the family settled in Wichita, KS while World War II was in progress. They remained in Wichita until retiring to Rogers, AR in the early 1970s. During their years in Kansas, and after raising all six boys, Marjorie took flying lessons from her husband who had an instructor's license and obtained her own pilot license.

She is currently a member of the Holiday Island Baptist Church, along with her oldest son and daughter-in-law who she lived with over the past 10 years. She and her husband were instrumental in starting the Lakeside Baptist Church in Rogers, AR, which is still flourishing. No matter how she struggled with her own failing health conditions, she was always determined to attend Sunday and Wednesday church services. On numerous occasions, over the past few years, she voiced her desire to have God bring her home where she knew she belonged. She was much loved and will be missed by all who came to know her.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill); a son, James (Jimmy); parents, Nettie and Clayton Morrow; a sister, Kathleen Hart; a brother, Clayton Morrow; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She is survived by five sons, Lester Irvin and wife Vivian, Don Walter and wife Karen, Clayton William (Bill) and wife Brenda, Glenn Arthur and wife Sherry, Roger Alan and wife Katherine and a daughter-in-law, Sharon. Twenty grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at Nelson's Chapel of the Springs in Eureka Springs, AR. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at Nelson's Chapel of the Springs with Reverend Steve Ward and Reverend James Colwell officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Eureka Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at