PEQUOT LAKES -- Marjory Luce, a Pequot Lakes woman who devoted her life to children as a schoolteacher and longtime school board member, died Thursday at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
She was 91.
It wasn't until she was in her late 70s that Luce began her service on the Pequot Lakes School Board. She spent 10 years on the board, retiring in 1999. She was a retired math teacher and was politically active in the community, once running for state representative in the 1980s. Luce also was active at Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes where she sang in the church choir.
"She contributed so much to our community, to our church and to our school," said Mike Heuberger, a former Pequot Lakes School Board member who served on the board with Luce. "She was a retired schoolteacher and loved children. She had a heart for education. You always knew where she stood on issues. She always spoke up."
"I consider Marnie my mentor," said board member Brad Wallace. "It's a great personal loss. You could always count on Marnie for an extremely honest reaction to anything. She never pulled any punches. You always knew where she stood, and she was right all the time. She was involved with politics and always knew what was going on and gave great reports on what the Legislature did. When she went off the board we haven't had that level of legislative understanding since she left. She was just a neat lady. I'm better for knowing her."
"She was our true legislative representative," said Pequot Lakes Superintendent Jim Oraskovich. "We could walk down the hall at the Capitol and she would be greeting the staff like she was in Pequot Lakes. She was a true friend and board member, an outstanding person in many ways."
Wallace said board members still chuckle when they need to award the bids for the school's purchase of white bread. He said Luce despised the fact that the school served white bread instead of wheat because she viewed it as less nutritional for the students.
"She'd always say, 'I don't know why we have to have that stuff in the school,'" recalled Wallace with a laugh.
Funeral arrangements for Luce are pending with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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