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Marjorie Croot Hoyt

On December 30, 2021, at age 99, she peacefully joined her hubby, son, parents & siblings.

Her memorial service will be held Monday, January 10, 2022, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home at Chapel Hill Cemetery, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50310.

For the safety of those joining us, masks are required.

The interment of her ashes will be at 10:00 a.m. the following morning, January 11 at Chapel Hill Cemetery, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa.

Marjorie Doris Croot was born on August 6, 1922, in Morristown, New Jersey; daughter of James Croot & Josephine Loper Croot. She attended school in Fairmont, New Jersey and graduated from Hackettstown High School.

Marjorie was a social worker in New York City after WWII and leader of Youth Ministry, taking her to conventions in Scandinavia. She and her mother managed a summer boarding house in Ocean Grove, New Jersey for several summers in the early 1950’s. While there, she attended St. Paul’s Methodist Church and volunteered as youth minister. One day her youth group told her that the music minister needed help in his office. She hurried there, the group closed the door, turned off the lights and refused to let them out until they had scheduled a “date out” together. It worked!

On September 10, 1955, Marjorie was united in marriage to John R. Hoyt in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. From there they moved to Roanoke, Virginia for 8 years and then to Des Moines, Iowa in 1965.

Marjorie assisted in the initiation of Meals on Wheels in 1967.

She worked at Drake University in many administrative assistant roles until retirement. She participated in all the church choirs and music programs alongside Jack. She worked in her later years as Funeral Hostess.’ At retirement, she and Jack roamed the country in their “Silver Doghouse” (travel trailer). She enjoyed memberships with PEO, Westminster Presbyterian Church & church-based activities, visiting with friends. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, music, and most of all, her family! Marjorie’s most remarkable roles were wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother!

Left to cherish her memory are her children, John R Hoyt Jr. of Urbandale, Daisy H. Ferguson (Richard) of Arizona and Deborah L. Hoyt of New York. Grandchildren; Elizabeth Hoyt (James O'Brien-Sparks), John Hoyt (Natalie Thompson), Rachel Hoyt (Mohamad Ali Baydoun), Jared and Jordan Hoyt, Tyah (Abel) Haro, Lindsay Ferguson, Peter (Rachel) Morton and five great-grandchildren.


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