Living History: Marlene Scoggins

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Born in Wisconsin, eight-year-old Marlene Scoggins and her family moved to Rochelle, Illinois. The daughter of a cheesemaker and a homemaker, and the second youngest of 12 children, Scoggins graduated from Rochelle Township High School. In high school, Scoggins enjoyed sports and competed in softball, tennis, track, and volleyball.

In 1956, she married her husband, Charles Scoggins. The couple moved to California for 14 years before coming to Muscatine, where Scoggins has lived for more than 41 years now.

Together, Charles and Marlene Scoggins had three children, two daughters, Dawn and Debora, and one son, Michael. All of her children continue to live nearby, with one living in Muscatine and the others living in Wilton and Cedar Rapids. Scoggins also has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

As a stay at home mother, Scoggins always enjoyed spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed playing board games with them. Scoggins also liked cultivating her own interests and took pleasure in gardening as well.

Scoggins always looked for opportunities to help others as she considered it very important. For two years, she volunteered with the Trinity Muscatine Friends (formerly the Muscatine General Hospital Auxiliary). She also spent two years helping out at the Muscatine Food Pantry.

Over the years, Scoggins enjoyed staying active too. She previously belonged to the Muscatine Walking Club and often walked at the Muscatine Mall. At the age of 53, she overcame her lifelong fear of the water and learned how to swim at the Muscatine Community Y. Once she knew the basics, Scoggins found she really liked swimming.

After spending 41 years in the same house, Scoggins moved to Bickford Senior Living. Scoggins has always appreciated Muscatine’s quiet, small town feel. Now that she lives at Bickford, she enjoys the peaceful and welcoming community they have established there as well.