Marian Sayers, 87, Humboldt, passed away Aug. 1, 2017, at Humboldt Care Center North. Family and friends will gather 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6 for visitation at the Mason-Lindhart funeral home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 7 at Faith United Methodist Church, Humboldt center.
Marian Trexel, daughter of Ben J. Trexel and Margaret (Ballantine) Trexel, was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Denison, IA. At an early age, her family moved to Humboldt where her parents ran the Humboldt Ice and Locker plant. Marian graduated from Humboldt High School in 1947 and that same year married Keith Sayers.
In 1951, the couple moved to the Sayers family farm in Beaver Township southeast of Humboldt where they farmed and raised their family. Marian was homemaker and full-time farm partner. Keith and Marian moved to town in 1998, and following Keith’s death in 2001, Marian continued living in her home until moving to Springvale Independent Living for a short time and then to Humboldt Care Center North, where she has lived the last 5+ years.
Marian was well known for her musical talents, serving as organist at Faith United Methodist church for 50 years, and organist for the Congregational UCC and Saint Mary’s Catholic Church several years. She played for countless weddings and funerals over the years, and made many wedding cakes for local couples.
Her activities at Faith United Methodist Church included member and president of United Methodist Women and member of board of trustees and staff-parish relations committee. Marian was elected twice to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, and was selected as an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker in 1979.
The Keith and Marian Sayers family was presented the Humboldt County Family Tradition Spirit Award in 2009.
Marian was active in many community activities, including tour guide for community Christmas bus tours, Hospice board and Meals on Wheels.
She was an avid baker and cook; her many hobbies included china painting, making hooked rugs and needlecraft.
She always considered her family as most important in her life – supporting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren throughout their lives and activities.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents and husband Keith.
She is survived by brother Ben Trexel, CO, and sister Helen Pergande, MO; three children and their families: Jacki (Scott) Lerdal, Humboldt; Jim (Cheryl) Sayers, Humboldt; and Jon Sayers, OH. Also, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.