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Margie Ellestad Meyers


Margie Ellestad Meyers died peacefully on April 28, 2012, at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn.

Margie was born on Sept. 16, 1923, to Jarvis and Christine Ellestad in Duluth, Minn. Because of the Great Depression, the family moved to McKinley Township in Cass County where Margie, along with siblings Dolores, Dorothy and Donald attended White Clover and Hill City country schools, and later Backus High School, where Margie graduated in 1942.


Margie’s friends and family knew her as a very opinionated and outspoken lady! Margie always spoke her mind and enjoyed a good dialogue, especially when writing for various newspapers. Margie’s writing started with The Pine Mountaineer in high school and continued throughout her life for publications such as The Cargill News in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, The Old Timers Paper and the Pine River Journal.

Margie married Merle J. Meyers “M.J.” in 1962 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they raised their children, Merle E “Butch,” Susan and Linda. Retirement brought Margie and M.J. back to central Minnesota, where she enjoyed more writing, her flowers and spending time with her “adopted” family, Greg and Janet Praska, sons Henry, Charlie and godson Bruce.

Margie is survived by her husand, Merle J. Meyers; son, Merle E. (Jean) Meyers; grandsons Jason, Chad and Travis, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter, Linda Meyer, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; son-in-law, Steve Weigand, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sister, Dolores; brother, Donald; and the Greg Praska family, of Brainerd, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy; and her beloved daughter, Susan.

Friends may say farewell to Margie at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, from 4-6:30 p.m. or from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory, Brainerd.