Marjorie Belle Funk was born Feb. 1, 1920, in the farming community of Cottonwood, to Jesse and Azilee Morgan Funk. She passed away Oct. 14, 2010, in Ft. Collins, Colo., after a long battle with Alzheimerâ€™s disease.
Marjorie attended upper and lower Cottonwood School before going to Artesia High School and graduating in 1937. She attended Draughns Business College in Ft. Worth, Texas, between her junior and senior years in high school. In 1937, she married James B. Thigpen.
They lived in Artesia for a few years before moving to Cottonwood, and farmed on the Funk family farm for many years. The majority of Marjorieâ€™s life was spent on her family farm and in the Pecos Valley. Marjorie was a member of Eastern Star, P.E.O., DAR, and Daughters of the Confederacy, just to name a few.
She served as a 4-H leader for many years and was inducted into the State 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002. She touched many childrenâ€™s lives through her years spent volunteering for the Eddy County 4-H program.
She is survived by her daughters, Norma Jo, and her husband, Bill Lorang, of Socorro, Suellen, and her husband, Jim Burke, of Loveland, Colo.; her son, Donald Ray (Pug) Thigpen, of Roswell; grandchildren, Deborah Lorang Card, and husband, Mitch, of Socorro, Gregory Lorang, and wife, Ande, of Safford, Ariz., Wendy Lorang Stansbury, of Casper, Wyo., Lyn Thigpen Harrison, and husband, Jerry, of Artesia, Kim Thigpen Klein, and husband, Jeff, of Dexter, Dawn Thigpen, of Denver; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Joe Bill Funk; sister, Helen Vera Funk Sylvester; and husband, James Thigpen.
The funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Artesia. Donations in Marjorieâ€™s memory can be made to the Eddy County 4-H Program, % Amy Kelly, Eddy Co. Extension Office, 1304 W. Stevens, Carlsbad, NM 88220, or to your favorite charity.