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John and Nancy Wilson forwarded this obituary of Marjorie Owen Hendershott, a grand lady of U.S. numismatics familiar to many in the hobby. It was forwarded to them by Kurt Krueger. Thanks, everyone. -Editor

Marjorie Hendershott Marjorie (Holmes) Owen Hendershott, 89, passed away surrounded by her family at The Village (Indianola, IA), on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Marjorie was born on August 4, 1924, in Council Bluffs, IA, the daughter of Clarence and Mary (Henshaw) Holmes. She married Lowell L. Owen in 1941 and together they had four children. During their married lives, Lowell and Marjorie lived in several towns throughout Iowa, including Essex, Red Oak, Storm Lake, Arnolds Park, Harlan, and Adel.

With Lowell, Marjorie began her lifelong hobby of numismatics (coin collecting). She became the first female President of the Central States Numismatic Society and was also named a Numismatic Ambassador. Through numismatics, Lowell and Marjorie made many lifelong friends. Lowell passed away in 1976.

In 1983, Marjorie married Robert L. Hendershott, whom she met through their mutual hobby of numismatics. They enjoyed traveling, both in the United States and around the world. Robert and Marjorie lived in Clearwater, FL and Jefferson City, MO before moving to Indianola, IA to be near family. Robert preceded Marjorie in death in 2004.

Marjorie enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved to travel, spend time with family and friends, and sing. She had a wicked sense of humor and enjoyed laughing with a true hearty belly laugh. One of the last stories she told her grandchildren was how she had met their grandfather. They met on the sidewalk in downtown Shenandoah, IA. Lowell and his friend asked Marjorie and her friend to go to a movie with them and they went. Why? Because he was cute and had a car! She laughed at that, like, of course, that is why any young woman in the early 40s dated a man.

Marjorie was an amazing woman. When she decided she was going to do something, she did it with gusto. For example, she and Lowell fell in love just before World War II started. Before Lowell went to war, Marjorie left school and they were married. Marjorie regretted not completing her high school education, so when her youngest son, James, graduated from high school in 1976, Marjorie decided to pursue her G.E.D. She took the tests and completed the entire series in four days!

To read the complete obituary, see: In Memory of Marjorie Owen Hendershott August 4, 1924 - November 5, 2013 (

Here's a photo of Marjorie in 1978, taken at a Central States show in St. Louis. -Editor

Marjorie Owen

1978 - St. Louis: A bevy of beauties took time out during the ladies' luncheon to pose for The Centinel editor. From the left: Virginia Culver, ANA president; Marjorie M. Owen (seated), CSNS secretary/treasurer; Margo Russell, Coin World editor; Bernice "Bink" Stevenson, '78 CSNS convention chairlady; and Mary Brooks, director of the U. S. Mint. (R. Finner photo)

To read the complete article, see: The History of Central States Part 10 - 1957-1958 (

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