Marjorie O. Love worked in MU Biological Sciences Department, loved to travel

Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 6:39 p.m. CST; updated 8:50 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 16, 2014

COLUMBIA — Marjorie O. Love was a traveler. She and her husband visited most of the 50 states and the Canadian and Maritime provinces.

She died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. She was 90.

After she and her younger sister, Sarah Twenter, both lost their husbands in 1991, the sisters carried on the tradition of traveling together. Which is only fitting, as Mrs. Love was the one who took Twenter to school on her first day.

“She would have her special way of saying things to make you laugh,” Twenter said.

Mrs. Love was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Boonville, to Frank and Olivia (Klein) Zoeller. She married John Love Jr. on May 18, 1942.

Marjorie was born to a family of nine with two sets of twins. She had no children of her own. However, she was a second mother to her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and even her great-great-nieces and nephews, Twenter said.

Her niece Elizabeth will now care for Erika, her long-haired Dachshund.

Mrs. Love graduated as class valedictorian in 1941 from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Boonville. She then attended MU.

For 22 years she worked as the senior research technician of the Herbarium Biological Sciences Department at MU. She retired in 1985.

Marjorie was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella Lillis Circle 250, the Missouri Native Plants Society and the Central Missouri Rock and Lapidary Club, where she served as secretary for many years.

Her wildflower photos were published in six volumes of “H.W. Ricketts Wildflowers of the United States.” She also enjoyed gardening, photography, philately, rock collecting and quilting. She had many displays at the Columbia Public Library.

Mrs. Love is survived by her brother, Frank P. Zoeller of Boonville; five sisters, Frankie Potter of Kent, Wash., Dolores Foster and her husband, Don, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Dorlene Weed and her husband, Jack, of St. Louis, and Sarah Twenter and Rita Young, both of Boonville; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Her husband, Dr. John Love Jr., her parents, brother, George Zoeller, and sister, Agnes Zoeller, two sister-in-laws and three brother-in-laws died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Memorial Funeral Home chapel, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive.

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