The path taken by Marsha to become involved in state government is not one that many have traveled before being elected to a public office. Many who enter into politics have an active, long term plan to make a career of public service as they move into more powerful positions. Even though Marsha’s story is very different from others, she has become a respected leader in Jefferson City. She has experience that matters when dealing with the many important issues in her job as a State Representative.
Born in Webster Groves, Marsha’s childhood was spent living with her parents, brother and two sisters. She attended Webster Groves public schools from kindergarten through graduation, then attended Meramec Community College and the University of Missouri, Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation.
While at MU, Marsha joined Marching Mizzou and met her future husband, Greg Haefner. Immediately following his graduation, they married and moved to Pensacola FL where Greg was trained and proudly served as a Naval Flight Officer. During the next five years, they moved 9 times, including a base assignment in Brunswick ME and two deployments to Rota Spain and the Azores Islands. After his service they returned to Oakville to work and raise their family.
In early 1980 Haefner’s Greenhouses opened and quickly became a leading wholesale supplier in the St. Louis area. Their small business has employed over 1000 local residents throughout 37 years in business. They own a growing facility in House Springs and a garden center located on Telegraph Road.
For many years the Haefner’s have been active in their community. They are members of St. Paul’s UCC where both served on their church council. Marsha also received training as a Stephen’s Minister at her church. They are charter members of South County Chamber of Commerce, have been recognized as “Citizens of the Year” and Marsha has previously served on the chamber Board of Directors and Executive Board.
Greg and Marsha have three grown children who were the fourth generation of Haefner’s to attend Mehlville schools. Their family has grown to include two granddaughters at Mizzou, one at Queen of All Saints and three-year-old grandson, a future Point Elementary School Eagle! This December, Marsha and Greg will celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary!
Because of a strong, active commitment to her community, Marsha was asked to consider representing Oakville in the Missouri House of Representatives. After careful consideration and support from her family, Marsha decided entering into public service was the right choice to make. Her experience as a parent, grandparent, business owner and long-time member of
the community are of value as decisions are made that affect her community and state. is now in her third term as the State Representative for the Oakville area.