Marla Joy Jorgensen, Concordia
March 23, 1952 - October 21, 2021
Marla Joy Jorgensen, age 69, left this earthly life on Thursday, October 21, 2021, surrounded by her family at the Cloud County Health Center, Concordia, Kansas. She was born in Belleville, KS on March 23, 1952 to Edgar Lee and Wanda Lee (Cline) Kalivoda.
Marla graduated as a co-valedictorian from Concordia High School in 1970. She later graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering and a master’s degree in accounting in 1981. Her career as an accounting manager and business controller for Conoco Philips took her to many places around the globe including London, Australia, Alaska and Indonesia, to name a few.
She returned to Concordia upon her retirement from Conoco and proceeded to open and operate Marla’s Joy Tea House and later Common Ground Coffee House. She was an active member of the Living Hope Foursquare Church and was a member of the Concordia Rotary Club.
She married her Concordia high school classmate Lee Gale on Aug. 12, 2017.
Many of those who know Marla would use words to describe her such as: intelligent, exploring, curious, community, giving, dedicated, entrepreneurial, strong-willed, survivor, creative/crafty and trusting.
She is survived by her husband, Lee Gale, Concordia; sons James Jorgensen (Natalie), Houston, TX, and Keith Jorgensen, Houston, TX; sister Anita Ricablanca (Dennis), San Diego, CA; brother Lee Kalivoda (Elaine), Maple Grove, MN and grandchildren Kaleb, Noel, Isaac, Levi and Joy.
Marla was preceded in death by her parents.
It was Marla’s wishes to be cremated and a memorial graveside service will be 1:30 p.m., Monday, October 25, 2021 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia with Pastor Dwight Whitead officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia. Friends may sign the register book from 1-5 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021 at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Cloud County Community College Athletic Department in care of the funeral home.
For online condolences, please visit www.chaputbuoy.com.
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