Marjorie Eatock, 87, of Pittsfield, Ill. passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Pittsfield, Ill. following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on May 30, 1927, in Cincinnati, to Lloyd and Mabel Curl and raised by Claude and Eliza Mishler, her maternal grandparents. Marge married Sam Eatock on Dec. 20, 1952 in Centerville.A graduate of Drake University School of Journalism, Marge taught middle school, wrote short stories and was a monthly columnist for The Farm Journal Magazine. Moving to Pittsfield, Ill. in 1967, her first published novel The Ivory Tower was printed in 1972, under her own name.
When she was not plotting a murder surrounded by coffee cups, piles of legal pads and her trusty manual typewriter, she enjoyed traveling, camping and driving the chase car following the family’s antique airplanes. Marge was “Mom” to many, and a long-time member of Pittsfield’s I.M.C.A long time mentor and member of Romance Writer’s of America, 16 additional contemporary and gothic romance novels, mystery novels, and dozens of anthologies and short stories were published until Alzheimer’s disease forced her retirement from the typewriter. Starting in 2006, Marge participated in several SIU School of Medicine Alzheimer’s clinical studies, telling her family “I know it won’t help me, but it will help someone else.”
Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, in 2011. She is survived by one son, Jim (Terri) Eatock of Pittsfield, Ill. and two daughters, Ann “Boo” Fox of St. Augustine, Fla. and Connie Dake of Lake St. Louis, Mo. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Jesse Fox of St. Augustine, Fla. and Edmund (Amy) Eatock of Pittsfield, Ill., one great-granddaughter and many “local kids” that became a regular part of her home. Marge and Sam were a special mentor to Eric Heightman of Cahokia, Ill.
As per her wishes cremation rites will be accorded with a memorial service at a later date.
Memorials are suggested directly to the Alzheimer’s Association, http://www.alz.org/, or locally to the resident activity fund at Griggsville Estates, 201 S Oak, Griggsville, Ill.Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Ill. is handling the arrangements.