Marjorie Ann “Toby” Nolan was born on July 1, 1916 in Tulare, SD to William Patrick and Cora (Akin) Tobin. She attended and graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton when it was a boarding school. She began nurses training at St. Joseph Hospital in Mitchell until she met and married Thomas A. Nolan on August 29, 1938 in Clark, SD. They resided in Emery, SD their entire married life. She was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church and the Sacred Heart League. She was a past President of the first Emery American Legion Auxiliary Unit and charter member of the second unit.
In her younger years, she was well known for her homemade baked goods and wonderful gardens. She devoted herself to church and family life. She and her husband were instrumental in fund raising efforts for Emery youth activities such as Boy Scouts and baseball teams, as well as the parks and other community activities. In later years Toby enjoyed drawing, painting, crafting, flower gardening and reading. She also enjoyed jumping into her little red car and driving to go visit and other times just for pleasure.
After the death of her husband Tom on September 15, 1987, she continued to live in their home until suffering a debilitating stroke late in 2003 when she became a resident at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater. Marjorie died Monday, August 31, 2009 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
She is survived by her children: Judy Leiferman and husband Jerry of Summerfield, FL; Mary Nolan-Rolenc and husband Milo of Fremont, NE; Pat Woodraska and husband Ralph of Mitchell, SD; Tom Nolan and wife Cheryl of Reno, NV; Amy Nolan-Huber and husband Loren of Emery, SD and Corinne Hawley and husband Steve of North Loup, NE; fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, three sisters: Dolores Vincent of Fountain Hills, AZ; Pat Hantz of Sun City, AZ; Mary “Mickie” Fleming of Lincoln, NE; one brother, Bill Tobin of Spring Creek, NV.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tom, two sisters, Helen Philips, Genevieve Aimonetto, one brother, James “Bud” Tobin and three grandchildren.