Marjorie Ann (Nickerson) Fishback, died peacefully on Sunday April 7 at the age of 89, in the home of her daughter, Ann Miller.

Marjorie Ann (Nickerson) Fishback, died peacefully on Sunday April 7 at the age of 89, in the home of her daughter, Ann Miller.

A memorial service and burial will be held in Hannibal at a later date.

The family is being served by the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Marjorie was born Feb. 16, 1930 and raised in Plymouth Mass., daughter of Alma Nehemiah Nickerson and Mary Elizabeth (Clough) Nickerson. Mary died in 1934, and Marjorie's stepmother, Martha (Doe) Nickerson, took good care of her, especially when Alma died in 1944.

Marjorie's five brothers and sisters, from 10 to 23 years older, have all predeceased her, as did her husband of 59 years, Russell Lowell Fishback Jr.

She is survived by her three loving daughters, Martha Bergeron of Lynn Mass., Ann Miller of Summerville S.C. and Rebecca Daugherty of Boonville; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Marjorie met Russell at Gordon College in Wenham Mass., and they were married in the chapel there on June 9, 1956. Devoted to each other and to their faith, they lived in Manchester-by-the-Sea and in Arlington Mass., while Russell (who had studied at MIT) worked in the new electronics field.

When their first daughter Martha was four, Russell's parents needed their son's help, so the young family moved to his hometown of Hannibal.

Two more daughters were soon added. Marjorie and her beloved husband were deeply connected to the Hannibal Church of Christ for the next five decades. Russell preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2015.

Marjorie loved language and literature, and worked for years at the Hannibal Public Library. She loved classical music, played the violin, and had a beautifully trained voice. She sang Alto, as do all her daughters and granddaughters.

Marjorie has lived in her daughter Ann's home for her last year and a half, appreciating the mild climate and year-round flowers in S.C. She felt she had lived a long, good life. Her decline due to Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a blood cancer, was tiring but not painful. She had multiple visits from friends and family as the end drew near. Marjorie was strong in her faith, and was loved and appreciated by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Hannibal Church of Christ, 3104 Market Street, Hannibal, Mo. 63401.

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