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Cramer — a tremendous asset to the community


Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church Service Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 88.1 FM Radio, Live Facebook. No Sunday School until fall. Pastor Dick Poppen speaks on KWAT radio Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Mon., July 19 Adult Bible Study at 7 p.m.

Gordon and Chrystal Poppen were Monday afternoon callers at the Cork Poppen’s after attending the Memorial Service for George Siebrands at the Willow Lake Community Center.

A Tribute to Marian Cramer

Marian Hull, a young country schoolteacher came into my life when she met Delmar Cramer (a brother-in-law), introduced by Caryl Lynn Poppen. Delmar had lost his young wife due to a serious illness.

Delmar and Marian married and shared farming with Cork and me. She taught music at Willow Lake School, was the mother of three, taught piano lessons and became a member of Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church.

She was a pianist and organist, playing for many funerals for which Caryl Lynn and I sang. She played for the choir, Sunday School and Bible School. You would often hear her play from memory a favorite hymn of a congregational member.

Marian interviewed and recorded voices and stories told by homesteaders in the community. Her historical knowledge helped her write “A Great Memory,” which was published and still exists today.

She became involved with the history of Laura Ingalls Wilder and was the teacher at the schoolhouse for the Ingalls Homestead, greeting many visitors. She loved to talk with children.

She became involved with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, writing many of the scripts. She has been honored by De Smet for her many years of service.

This year she has written the script, “Prairie Patchwork,” for the pageant, which is celebrating the 50th year of performances.

Marian’s talent was passed on to her children. The oldest daughter, a talented designer and dressmaker, also directed the pageant for a couple of years. Her youngest daughter is a minister. Her son is a talented computer programmer.

God has given her a talent which she shares with anyone, despite the loss of much of her sight and handicap, she uses her memory and her computer to give to the community. Her faith keeps her strong.

She is an asset to the community, neighborhood, church and more.

So today, I say thank you for all you have given to the community and all who have had the privilege to know her. “God bless you, Marian.”

Marian’s daughter LeAnne and son Roger have visited her this week.


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