A memorial service for long time Exeter resident, Anna Marjorie List McGee, will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 8 at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 S. E St. in Exeter. Burial of the cremains will follow at 10 a.m. at the Exeter District Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Anna Marjorie List McGee was born and lived in Exeter for 78 years until she moved to Montgomery, Ala. in 1989 to be close to her daughter, Marjorie Ann McGee Grewelle, and son-in-law, Larry Grewelle. She lived in Montgomery until her death on Nov. 30, 2005. A memorial service was held previously in Montgomery.

Anna Marjorie List was born in Exeter on Aug. 2, 1911 to local pioneers, Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) and Daisy Way List, the second of two children. The List family moved to Exeter from Gardena, California in March 1908 with their son, Frank W. List. Other relatives in the Way family later moved to Exeter. Anna Marjorie and her family were part of the fabric and growth of the Exeter area from the early years of their arrival.

Mr. List operated a lumber business before he began ranching emperor grapes. In addition to his extensive grape holdings, he had his own grape packing house. His principal business interests were in growing, packing and shipping table grapes under the List brand name of Silver Cup. Wishing to know how the Almeria grapes were grown in Spain, he took his family to Europe in 1924. He developed a good grape in the United States by growing the Almeria for the first time anywhere on a trellis. A former teacher, he was a valued member of the Exeter Union High School Board of Trustees for 35 years from 1912 to 1947. He also served as a City Councilman and Mayor of Exeter.

Anna Marjorie's brother, Frank, chose cattle raising as his chief occupation. In 1949, he began to buy land in Nevada and moved to Carson City in 1951 with his wife, Alice, and sons, Robert and Alan. As a pilot with 60 years experience, he made frequent trips to Exeter in his own plane to visit family members and friends. On one occasion, he took his sister to Carson City, where his son, Robert, was Governor of Nevada.

Anna Marjorie grew up in the List family home on South E Street, attending local schools and graduating from Exeter Union High School in 1930. Anna Marjorie was a talented musician and vocalist and was a member of the Glee Club for four years and the piano accompanist to the Boys' Glee Club. She also participated in a series of theatrical productions. She was active socially and often entertained friends in the List family home.

Anna Marjorie attended the then Oregon State College in Corvallis for three years where she was affiliated with Beta Phi Alpha sorority and sang in the Madrigal Choir. She was also a member of the Euterpe organization, an honorary musical sorority.

On April 15, 1936, she became the bride of Lawrence Earl McGee of Lemon Cove at the home of Rev. Luther E. Stern of the First Presbyterian Church in Fresno. Rev. Stern read the marriage rites at a 9 a.m. ceremony before a few close friends and relatives. Afterward, a wedding breakfast was served at the Hotel Californian. The McGees made their first home in the South E Street court apartments in Exeter, but soon after built a home on Sierra Drive in the Cape Code style that Anna Marjorie had so admired and where they raised their daughter, Marjorie Ann. Anna Marjorie lived in that home for 53 years, until moving to Montgomery. Mr. McGee died in Exeter on January 9, 1974.

During her years in Exeter, Anna Marjorie made enormous contributions of her time and energy to community causes. She began a long association with the Exeter Memorial Hospital at Exeter when she was the second patient to be treated there after it opened in February 1948. She was a charter member of the Memorial Hospital Service Guild and was actively involved in its formation when it was organized in September 1956. She was the Guild's first vice president and served as its president in the second year, during which time she also served as a volunteer within the hospital. When the Guild opened its Pink Ladies Thrift Shop in July 1963, she worked two mornings a week preparing articles for sale, the proceeds of which were used to buy needed hospital equipment. She was a dedicated member of the &#8220Back Room” team that arrived at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Saturday to price, sort and arrange items for sale. She was so dedicated to her duties that even after she broke her hip, she faithfully reported to work hobbling on her walker or with a cane. Her election to the Hospital Board of Governors and service for 27 years did not prevent her from continuing her work as a volunteer up until her departure for Montgomery.

Anna Marjorie was active in the First Presbyterian Church where she taught a primary Sunday School class as well as served as a deacon. She also was a voracious reader and lover of books and spent many hours at the Exeter City Library, reading and telling stories to children. She was affectionately known as the &#8220Story Lady” by the young children who stood not much taller than she was and would huddle around on the floor to hear her read. During the years that her daughter was growing up, she devoted her leadership abilities to the YWCA, Girl Scouts and PTA.

For her years of volunteer service and many contributions to the City of Exeter, Anna Marjorie was honored in 1985 by the Exeter Chamber of Commerce as its Woman of the Year. That night at the award dinner, Anna Marjorie was surprised to learn that her special brother, Frank, and nephew, Alan, had come from Carson City for the event to escort her to the podium. In the newspaper account, she was described as a being a little person with a big heart - kind, generous and loving - and a staunch supporter of Exeter as a city and as a way of life. Her friends and neighbors recall her as a woman who made a mean lasagna and whose kitchen at Christmas was filled with the pleasant aroma of orange marmalade, which she put into jars as special gifts of cheer.

Her beloved husband, Lawrence Earl McGee, an infant son, Michael List McGee, and a brother, Frank W. List, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Ann (Larry) Grewelle; grandson, Major John (Marla) Grewelle; great granddaughter, Tessa Grewelle; nephews, Robert and Alan List; and niece, Bonnie List Sutphin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Montgomery Area Food Bank, 521 Trade Center St., Montgomery, AL 36108

Portions reprinted by permission of The Foothills Sun-Gazette from the Nov. 22, 1989 edition of The Exeter Sun.

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