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In Loving Memory

Morgner, Marlyn Theresa (nee Backes) 

July 13, 1934 - November 2, 2023

Age 89, passed away Nov 2, 2023.  She is survived by her 5 children Chris (Kaaren) Morgner, Steve (Marsha) Morgner, Donna (Mark) Pedersen, Rick (Martha) Morgner, and Michael Morgner.  Loving Grandmother of Jacob Morgner, Kelli Morgner, Danielle (Ryan) Feller, Jodi (Ricardo) Alatorre, Jenna Pedersen, Joshua (Maggie) Pedersen, Blake Morgner and Blaire Morgner.  Great Grandmother of Kiah Morgner, Deklan Feller and Jameson Feller.  And many loving cousins and friends.

Marlyn was born on July 13,1934 in St. Louis. She is preceded in death by her mother Helen Backes and by her former husband Donald Morgner.  She grew up in the Bevo area of South St. Louis, attended Long School and Cleveland High School (’52).

Marlyn lived in Crestwood for 65 years where she devoted herself to raising her 5 children, actively involved in all their various activities: scouts, sports, PTA, booster clubs. She was always there organizing room parties, helping with campouts, attending sporting events and cheering on her kids. As they left home, she sought employment with Famous Barr, AAA, and Maritz.

Marlyn spent her retirement years traveling the country and abroad, visiting family and friends, and volunteering in the community with various festivals in the city, CORP, and as an usher at The Fabulous Fox.  She was also involved with Red Hat Society and Cleveland High School Alumni.

One of Marlyn’s favorite things to do was spend time with her grandchildren. She found joy taking them places around the city as well as exploring state and county parks. Marlyn loved the outdoors, her garden, and especially entertaining her family and friends. She enjoyed going new places and trying new things.  Her sense of adventure will truly be missed.

Donations or gifts in lieu of flowers can be made online at https://www.forestparkforever.org/donate .

A memorial service will be held Dec.15, 10am at Webster Gardens Lutheran Church, 8749 Watson Rd, 63119 with reception to follow.


6 thoughts on “Morgner, Marlyn Theresa (nee Backes) ”

  1. Remember Marlyn well. Fellow classmate from Cleveland High School. Did many things together until she moved so far north.
    Had so many good times together. Have missed seeing her since she moved so far away. Jane Lanser

  2. Marlyn and I were raised on the same street in So. Saint Louis. I loved her entire family and especially Grandma/Grandpa Backes. Many times I had a hearty soup, or a piece of fresh baked bread at their table. They were great cooks. We went to the same schools and played together. My folks took her on vacation with us many times. A wonderful host, and several times she shared her lovely home with us for Cleveland reunions. Her family will miss her. We shared recipes, gardening tips and photos through the years. I can well remember the snow days and sledding on the Wilcox hill…then to another home for home-made doughnuts. The South Side was a great place to live.

    ide was a wonderful place to live. I miss it a lot now, way out here in California.
    Dolores Lee Quebe, nee Uthoff

  3. Never a dull moment on Del Vista at the Morgner household. Legendary Mother of the street. Back door was always open to quite an array of friends and neighbors. She was a kind woman. Strict and caring is how I will remember her always. A Crestwood icon.

  4. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family during this tough time. Your Mom was such a sweet person. Praying you will all find comfort in all of your wonderful memories.
    The Wallinger Family

  5. I have fond memories of your mom and growing up next door to the Morgner family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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