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Jennie Margaret Corder

March 6, 1927 October 2, 2020
Jennie Margaret Corder
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Jennie Margaret Stills Corder passed away at age 93, on October 2, 2020, in Nampa, Idaho.
Marge was born March 6, 1927 to James Jacob Stills and Vera Leola Townsend Stills in Elgin, Oregon. She was the first of two children, a younger brother, James.
She married her one and only, Herbert Lawrence Corder Jr. on April 30, 1946 in Nampa, Idaho. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was active in her children’s lives by participating in local school PTA and 4-H clubs. Her hobbies included, family history, reading and collecting books, sewing, making many quilts for those she loved, camping with family, riding motorcycles and computer games.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she held many callings. She and her husband served multiple service missions in different areas: Chesterfield, Idaho, Arizona, Florida, and California. They also served in the Boise Idaho Temple.
Marge is survived by her children: Eilene (Gene) Fries of Declo , Tim (LaVonne) Corder of Mountain Home, Ernie (Shirlayne) Corder of Nampa, Teresa (Kevin) Steel of Boise, Cynthia (Kris) Keller of Rigby, daughter-in-law Brenda Corder of Caldwell. She was proud of having 30 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert and son Phil, her youngest son, who died too early.
A private family viewing and funeral service will be held under the arrangement of Zeyer Funeral Chapel on October 10, 2020 at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Rosedale Memorial Park, Payette, Idaho.
*****Life Sketch of J Margie Corder from her own personal writings.*****
This story starts back a few years before her time. In the year 1926 when two people decided to make a life together after two years of romantic courtship by horse and buggy, James Jacob Stills and Vera Leola Townsend married.
On March 6, 1927 a baby girl made an appearance in the world. Jennie Margaret Still was born in Elgin, Oregon. She received the name Jennie from her mother’s mother and Margaret from her father’s mother. She was born in her Grandma Townsend’s home tipping the scales at seven pounds. She was the first of two children. A brother, James known as Doc joined the family later.
Most of her young life was spent living in different places throughout Oregon. She recalls, she did not remember getting new shoes or dresses but received hand me downs but was always glad to get them.
One of her memories shared was the 4th of July always had lots of firecrackers and all the noise makers and fireworks that were made, as she felt her daddy was a kid at heart and liked to get them. They never lacked for something to do!
She loved Christmas as a child, especially a pretty Christmas tree. As children we remember how she treasured her Christmas village that grew every year.
At the age of 11, she was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with her mother and brother in the Snake River near Ontario, Oregon. Three years later her family went through the Salt Lake Temple of The Church to be sealed.
During her junior year of school there was a shortage of field help and she went to work helping her dad on the farm. In the Fall of 1945, she and her dad went to work at a seed house in Ontario. Quote “One day they were working on a wide conveyor. While working across from each other she felt corn hit her, so she threw some back at her dad because he was laughing.. But when it happened again, she was ready for a corn fight. The third time after getting hit she looked behind her dad. There sat her future love laughing at her. He had black hair and eyes, handsome, a wonderful guy.” End of quote.
They had their first date December 1, 1945, in her own words she said, “I knew he was the only one for me the first time they went out and couldn’t ask for anyone better.”
She married her one and only, Herbert Lawrence Corder, Jr. on April 30, 1946 in Nampa, Idaho. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church. She got an engagement ring on her birthday, March 6, and they were married the 30th of April. The honeymooned in Boise for two days.
They enjoyed special times together, in July of 1946 they rode all five nights in the Snake River Stampeded parade. Rodeos were something they both enjoyed.
Over the next years they were blessed with six heavenly bundles: Eilene, Tim, Ernie, Teresa and Cynthia,…oh and then Phil. Our family was sealed for time and all eternity on August 21, 1956 in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church.
She was active in her children’s lives by participating in local school PTA and 4-H Clubs. Her hobbies included, family history, reading and collecting books, camping with family, riding motorcycles and computer games. She loved to sew and found joy in creating quilts of all sizes colors and designs for those she loved.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she held many callings. She and her husband served multiple service missions in different areas like: Chesterfield, Idaho, Arizona, Florida, and California. They also served in the Boise Idaho Temple of The Church.
Memories of our Mother include:
Driving truck for beet harvest
Eating candied popcorn on Sunday nights
Graham cracker pudding
Fried chicken dinner
Peaches and cream
Peeps and circus peanut marshmallow candies
Her love for vases
Meat, potatoes and gravy
Her love for flowers but especially her roses that surrounded her yard.
She loved horses and watching them be worked
Her hatred of making SANDWICHES
Shopping at D.I.
Cashew nuts
Fresh laundry hung on the lines with clothespins from her apron pockets
When you were sick—she would feed you chicken noodle soup, homemade pear or grape juice or 7-up
Maple Bars
Butchering homegrown chickens
Polyester quilts
Milk toast for breakfast
Homemade peanut brittle cooling on the fireplace hearth
Apple butter on toast
Fried egg sandwiches on toast
Scrapbooking and journaling her family history books and the albums passed down to her children
Flamingos and her swan planters
Waffles for dinner
Peeling potatoes with a paring knife
Milk toast
Chip beef gravy
Thanksgiving dinners
We have shared a few memories today, but each of us have our own treasured memories.
Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother enjoyed being around people and with her sense of humor made friends easily. She loved family reunions and that is what this service is today. Look around,….everyone in this room, as family, her life is the greatest legacy we can continue to exemplify.

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