By Rhonda Bennett
Wayne and Marilyn Jackson have been named Corydon Old Settlers for 2017. “We feel so honored to be chosen as Old Settlers of the Year,” Marilyn said. While we were looking for items that represent us for the window display, we’ve had a trip down memory lane. We are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this summer and would enjoy having former students, friends and family stop by Corydon United Methodist Church fireside room between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon for an informal meet and greet time. No gifts please! Your presence will be a special gift to us!
They moved to Corydon from Graham, Mo., in 1971 where they both taught at Nodaway Holt School District. Marilyn taught Family and Consumer Science. Wayne received his Masters in Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University and continued his music teaching career here that fall. Wayne retired in 2002 from Wayne. Both our children were born here, Walt in 1974 and Clark in 1975.
Marilyn has been a substitute teacher in area schools and has taught nutrition classes and adult education classes through Indian Hills Community College. When microwave ovens first came on the market, she demonstrated cooking techniques with Iowa Southern Utilities. Marilyn said, “Classes were mostly at night and I would do prep work during the day and leave the child care to Wayne when he got home from school.”
Marilyn taught beginning piano to several students in the past. Before retiring in 2012, Marilyn administered a USDA grant called “Pick a Better Snack” through Iowa State University Extension in Wayne County. The grant funded having nutrition lessons and tasting of fruits and vegetables for elementary school students in the county. “It was quite a successful program and I’m really pleased Wayne County Extension is continuing the program without grant funding.”
While working for the extension Marilyn and Cheri Nessen were able to get a Harkin Grant which paid for the sidewalk along the east side of Murphy Place up to Walden Park. The funding also covered resurfacing of the tennis courts (including Pickle Ball markings) and the purchase of a recumbent stepper at Prairie Trails Wellness Center. Marilyn also enjoys the many friendships she has gained through her Mary Kay business.
They’ve been active in the Corydon United Methodist Church and are currently serving on the Administrative Council. Both enjoy singing in the chancel choir and Marilyn shares in the pianist duties involved. In 1982 they both were charter members of the bell choir and Wayne has directed that group since 1985. Marilyn helped lead the ‘Parent Day Out’ which focused on teaching life skills to young parents.
Their activities have varied as their children grew. Taking an active part in their lives was important to them and now they attend the activities of their grandchildren. Walt lives in New Providence and includes two step-children in his life as well as a son. Walt is a construction engineer employed by Peterson Contractors & Geopier Foundations based in Reinbeck.
Clark and his wife, Anika, have four children andlive in Indianola. Clark is employed as a Technical Sales Consultant with Bayer Crop Science.
A common interest the couple share is gardening including raising flowers and vegetables. Fresh flowers lend themselves to flower arranging and abundance of vegetables allows them to share the bounty. In the past, both have enjoyed exhibiting in the horticulture building at the Wayne County Fair. Wayne’s passion is raising different cultivars of daylilies along with different varieties of hostas.
Each of them had various hobbies over the years. Wayne made a couple of lap dulcimers to use in the classroom and also made a wooden nativity puzzle for the kids when they were little. He also made lots of wind chimes for friends when he had a supplier. Marilyn has done more sewing projects in the past than currently. She likes to make ribbon roses and enjoys ribbon embroidery from time to time. She has some ideas for other crafting projects using a more creative approach to fabric flowers. Recently, a new interest is recording the family tree and scanning photos to document ancestors. They’ve inherited boxes of photos and are trying to make some sense of all kinds of pictures and documents. They are also doing more traveling now.
They seem to be doing less crafting and spending more energy with WAYCO Arts Council activities. WAYCO Arts is an offshoot from Community Betterment and formed in 1981. Wayne has served as president of that group since 2011 and Marilyn was treasurer from 1981 to 2011. Wayne books artists that show monthly at Corydon State Bank and likes to feature local artists. The couple strongly supports children’s theatre each summer. Since that is a costly endeavor, several fundraisers are required. They are also members of the Appanoose/Wayne County Iowa Retired School Personnel since retiring.
“We enjoy living in the Corydon and Wayne County community!” Wayne stated.
Marilyn said, “As newcomers those many years ago, we quickly became involved in many volunteer efforts. We so appreciate the volunteer spirit that exists here and feel this is our home. We’re happy to see young people getting active in some of the organizations in the area. It truly takes a lot of people to make this a special place to live.”