Marjorie C. Backus

Marjorie C. Backus

Marjorie C. “Marj” Backus, age 92, of Highland, passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014 at Uplands Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation following a long decline.

The former Marjorie Cody was born on August 15, 1922 in Highland to Sherman and Alice (Hudek) Cody. She married Howard Backus of Chicago, IL on June 15, 1940. The couple lived in Chicago until moving to Highland in 1972 where they owned and operated H and M Tax Service for 24 years. Howard preceded her in death on November 12, 1998. Marjorie was a member of Ss. Anthony & Philip Parish. Marjorie was an avid reader and also enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening and cooking. Her greatest joy was time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Thomas; five sisters, Shirley Tollefson; Patricia Cody; Gladys Sippy; Jean Sanders and Rosemary Preder and an infant brother, Daniel.

Marjorie is survived by two daughters, Maureen (John) Morriss of Toronto, Canada and Rosemary (Salvador) Maldonado of Melrose Park, IL; a son, James (Joanne) Backus of St. John, IN; nine grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Dr. Donald (Connie) Cody of Highland as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 14, 2014 at Ss. Anthony & Philip Catholic Church in Highland. Fr. Jim Murphy will officiate with burial in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Friday after 10 A.M.