Sep 19, 2020

Marjorie Sue Rau nee Haden peacefully went to be with the Lord on September 19th, 2020 while in the care of Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Hendersonville. Services will be held privately for the family at a later date.

Marjorie was born the youngest of five children in Hannibal, MO in 1932 to Joseph Leo Haden and Ruby Grace Strother Haden. She was preceded in death by her siblings Floyd Haden (Mildred), Louanna Haden Halsey (James), Donald Haden (Laura) and Mervin Haden (Martha).  Her husband Fred Joseph Rau Jr. with whom she married on March 16th, 1950 also proceeded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Bruce (Marlene) Rau in NC, Bonita (James) Walshe in TX and Teresa (John) Cavanagh in MO; her grandchildren Julie (Bryon) Detmering, Erika Seyller, Michelle (Vincent) Moreno, Kevin Walshe and Colleen Cavanagh as well as her great grandchildren Yolanda Detmering, Jaden Seyller, Mason Detmering and Landon Detmering.

As her oldest granddaughter, but not her favorite (inside joke), I will remember her as an amazing crafter – sewing, crocheting, baking chocolate chip cookies etc.  She taught us all the skills to do so as well and we all have several of her beautiful creations.  She baked and decorated beautiful wedding cakes for her children as well as others. Fondly remembered by my dad when it came time for my wedding; asking us not to smash each other with the cake someone like his mother spent painstakingly long hours to make. Most of all, I remember her as the keeper of our favorites. We counted on her to always have Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies whether it was cookie season or not.  Strawberries at the ready to pour over Dairy Queen soft serve ice cream. She never disappointed.

She would play endlessly with us and our babies. Playing marbles with her homemade Aggravation game board. My personal favorite was the family card games that graced us with every visit.  We laughed and cried over them while learning stories of the past and swearing she cheated because she kept score.

These are only my memories and I know her other grandchildren and children have their own. But I can say this for us all – she was an amazing woman. She taught us, watched over us and loved us for who we are.  She was our matriarch. She will be fondly remembered and missed.