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Marjorie Fay (Juranek) Shivley



July 19, 1928 - March 6, 2023

How do you condense almost 95 years of living onto a sheet of paper?

It seems like an impossible task – However we will give it our best shot.

Marjorie Fay (Juranek) Shivley was born at home July 19, 1928, to Joseph Paul and Anna (Kulek) Juranek. She was the 11th of 12 children.

Marge contracted polio before her first birthday. The disease destroyed the muscles in her right leg and foot. She learned to walk her own way, showing her determination to succeed in life.

Marge attended The Little Red School House Northwest of Wray many years, until her family moved to her current residence 4 miles North of Wray. She attended the Model School graduating 8th grade, then entered the workforce to help the family.

She survived the dust bowl, depression, and hardship. The family hunted for rabbit, pheasant, deer, and anything else they could eat. Marge was an excellent shot and hit everything she aimed at. Especially the rabbits who ate her flowers. Those “dirty little devils” bit the dust if they showed themselves near her yard.

Cooking next to her mother Anna, Marge learned to make Czechoslovakian Ruliks, a type of crescent roll, and Intza Nintza a spicy sausage from hogs head which are family favorites.

While waiting tables she met the love of her life, Marion Shivley. He was home on leave and came into the restaurant to eat.

They were married in Colorado Springs and spent 57 years together until Marion’s death.

They welcomed three sons into their lives-Mark, Max, and Mason.

The young family purchased her old home from her brothers, and they began remodeling the house to modernize it.

Once moved in they began raising cattle, as well as working at Wray Machine Shop.

The hauled horses to gymkhanas for the boys and became active in the Buffalo Bills. Marge met Lucille Hardy and the two bonded to be Sisters of the Heart, they spent many hours drinking coffee, laughing, and talking about everything and nothing. When Lucille moved to Akron they still talked on the phone, and took trips together, including one Epic visit to the Osceola Iowa Casino.

Waitress, turkey processor, baker at Barrier Bakery, dispatcher for the Wray PD, bookkeeper at Wray Machine Shop, Co-Owner of the Repeat Boutique, were just a few of the jobs she held during her life. Always active, never still, Marge was a bundle of energy.

When Marion retired, they enjoyed taking trips to visit her sisters in California and Oregon.

Marge began making many beautiful quilts by hand. She donated some and gifted others. Each time we look at her quilts, we will see her sitting over her quilting frame, making tiny stitches, turning cloth into art.

Marge joined her father, Joseph Juranek, mother, Anna; brothers, Edward, Elmer, Joe Mose, Walt, Lester, Hank; sisters, Loretta, Velma and Virgie and Spouses as well as son, Mason in Heaven on March 6, 2023.

Left behind are her sons, Mark (Sherry), Max (Linda); grandchildren, Jo Palmer (Jason) of Creston, IA; Serena Shivley Vallejos (Marty) of Westminster, CO; Michael Himes (Sarah) Thorton, CO; Dylan Carr (Tiffany) Yuma, CO; Neil Hutton (Nicole) Hale, CO; Kathleen Matney (JB); Rebecka Palafox and family of Australia.

Great-grandchildren, Jesse, Jarrett, and Jules Miller; Cannon Carr; Rebecca and Stanley Matney; Victoria and Luke Hutton.

A Private Family Funeral Service was held at the Schmidt-Jones Funeral Home in Wray, Colorado on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Interment in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado after services. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains. Schmidt-Jones Funeral Home was entrusted with the services.