Marjorie Farmer


(July 2, 1933 - Aug. 28, 2017)

Marjorie Farmer, 84, formerly of Powell, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, South Dakota. Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell.

Marjorie Ann Farmer was born on July 2, 1933, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Charles and Evelyn Bruyer. She was the first of four girls.

She attended Cathedral High School in Sioux City for three years and graduated from Vermillion High School in South Dakota. She then attended the University of South Dakota where she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

After graduating from college at the age of 20, she ventured to Wyoming to begin her teaching career. She taught French and English in the Powell School District for 36 years. During that time she returned to USD to earn a master’s degree and continued teaching until she retired in 1993.

While in Powell, she was involved with St. Barbara’s Catholic Church and the local and national education associations. Marjorie was an avid sports fan and was on the sidelines of football, basketball, and track events as a member of the chain gang, official scorebook, or recording race times. This further fueled her interest in sports and led to her extensive trivia background. She could recite trivia about most sports but her expertise also included geography and literature. She loved to play games with family and friends. She played and taught bridge and became a life master. Her other interests included crosswords, knitting, reading, bowling, and traveling. She furthered her love of learning by enrolling in astronomy and woodworking classes.

Marjorie married Harold James Farmer in 1961 and they were blessed with three children: Renee, Mark, and Rachelle. She touched the lives of students, colleagues, friends, family and everyone with whom she came in contact with. Many students fondly remember “Madame” leading them in French Christmas carols, others remember her for her fun and adventuresome ways, while others remember her generosity of donating knitting baby blankets or giving to charities.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, sister Joanne Bruyer, and her husband Harold. Survivors include her three children Renee (Steve) Thomas of Presho, SD; Mark (Lori) Farmer of Pittsburg, KS; and Rachelle (Scott) Wright of Cody, WY. Marge had four grandchildren: Anna Flitner, Isaac Thomas, Shawn Johnson, and Rachelle Wright and two great grandchildren: Mileah Flores and Gabriella Johnson. Surviving sisters are Lois (Willie) Seibel of Sioux Falls, SD and Elaine (Chuck) Chandler of Queen Creek, AZ and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at