You can imagine what it was like, being the only girl with three brothers growing up on an Iowa farm! Marjorie often said how she got out of the outdoor chores because she was required to practice her piano and help her mother with the cleaning and cooking! It was Marjorie’s grandma Buck who first told her about having a relationship with Jesus, and while going to church was a regular part of her life, it would be years later before she would give her life to Christ.
Marjorie grew up and was a graduate from Iowa State Teacher’s College. She taught music in New Hartford, IA, Glidden, IA, and later in Blue Springs, MO.
As a young woman Marjorie met and fell in love with her first husband, Samuel Luttrell. Life was good as they raised their two boys, David and Steve. But on Christmas Eve, 1947, Samuel suddenly died of heart problems, leaving Marjorie a widow with two small boys to raise alone. She turned to her music, teaching in the schools and playing piano for the worship services at First Baptist Church.
And that’s where she met Frank Chrisman, who sang in the quartet (she played piano for) and served as a deacon in the church. The two were married and soon two more boys joined the family, Gordon and Jim.
It was during a revival at First Baptist that Marjorie realized that while she had always tried to live a good life and go to church, she was going to miss heaven! God wasn’t impressed with what she had done, but wanted her to accept what Jesus had done on the cross for her. Marjorie completely gave her life to Christ! This was the beginning of a lifetime of love and service to her Savior…
Many friendships were forged at First Baptist, and when Frank and Marjorie felt called to help start a new church plant, Plaza Heights Baptist Church, the family was one of several friends who answered the call to begin the new church family. Marjorie took her inheritance and gave the land that Plaza Heights now stands upon. Her joy grew over the years as she watched that fledging church grow and grow, finally building this present facility, complete with a Christian school!
Marjorie continued to play the organ, teach Sunday School, and was the bus captain for the weekly bus ministry for many years. Her greatest joy was having the weekly Youth For Christ meetings in her basement! She knew that bringing Jesus into her home would deeply affect her children, and she was right! All of her boys now love the Lord and are serving Him with their lives! Over the years Marjorie has opened her home for many people who just needed a place to live for a season while God restored their lives. Her whole life was a life of giving everything she had!
In the year 2000 she joined her son Gordon in another new church plant, Celebration Community Fellowship, helping with worship on the piano, and again using her home for life groups & prayer meetings! She was 83 years old and still stepping out in faith!
Marjorie also played the piano for the worship services and Bible studies at Shangri La nursing home for over 30 years. In her 80’s she heard a sermon that convicted her about reaching the lost beyond the church walls, so she joined the Vesper Hall Choir!
It seemed only natural that when her health suddenly turned last fall, she went to live at Shangri La with the residents and staff who had grown to love her so well over the years! Marjorie played piano there until February, when she finally just grew too tired. But even at the breakfast table with some of her new friends we learned how she had deeply impacted their lives in just 3 months, as she encouraged them to follow the Lord!
Marjorie is survived by her family, David & Mary Luttrell of Peculiar, MO, Stephen and Nancy Luttrell of Wichita, KS, Rev. Gordon and Shari Chrisman of Grain Valley, MO, and Rev. James & Karen Chrisman of Kearney, MO; and her brother & wife, John & Pasha Buck of Indianola, IA, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel C. Luttrell; second husband, Frank R. Chrisman; her parents; and her brothers & wives Charles & Inez Buck and Jenny Buck, and Phillip & Shirley Buck.
Marjorie’s last charge to all of us is from Hebrews 12: 1 & 2. She has run her race and received the highest prize, Christ Jesus Himself! As we walk out our own lives, let us remember her faithfulness and follow her example.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Plaza Heights Baptist Church, 1500 Clark Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions have been suggested to The Voice of the Martyrs. Memories of Marjorie and condolences to the family may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.