Hilda Maxine Siemsen Marley, age 90 of Elkins, Ark., passed away Dec. 31, 2020. 

Hilda was born in Pine Bluff, Wyo., to parents John Rector Siemsen and Clara Alfreda Swanberg Siemsen.   

For more than 60 years, Hilda, husband, Joe Ben, and son Jeff dedicated their lives to the family farm in Elkins. She raised chickens for Tyson Foods until she was 80 years old. If she was not in the chicken houses she could often be found checking cows in her red Jeep or green Mule. She was well known for her home cooking and anyone who stopped by around noon was greeted with sweet tea and lunch ­– if you left hungry it was your own fault, she always said. While she wasn’t one for hobbies, she spent time refurbishing antique furniture. She loved working alongside her five grandkids, taught them hard work and always had sweet treats to fill them up at the end of a long day. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Marley; daughter Susan Marley Curtis (survived by husband Mark) of Rogers, Ark.; father, John “Bonco” of Scottsbluff, Neb., mother, Alfreda “Freda” of Pine Bluff, Wyo.; and infant sisters Dorothy Analisa and Helen Ester of Pine Bluff, Wyo.

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Jeff Marley (wife, Marsha) and Sara Marley (late husband, Randy Holiman) of Elkins; niece Sharon Smith of Rogers; nephew Michael Smith (wife, Brenda) of Columbia, Mo.; sisters Irene Everhart of Brush, Colo., and Hazel Brown of Rogers, Ark.; brothers Jack Siemsen of Meridian, Idado, Jim Siemsen of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Ed Siemsen of Woodward, Okla.; and grandchildren Kinlee Wolff (husband, Tyler), Kara Marley, Morgan Boecker (husband, Andy), Jeffrey and Jacob Marley; great-grandchildren Kasen and Korbin Wolff; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the staff at Washington Regional Medical Center and North Hills Life Care and Rehab for their excellent care over the last few months. 

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at McCord Cemetery in Elkins with Phillip Curlee officiating.

Services were under the direction of Beards Funeral Chapel.