Marge died at home in her sleep at the age of 95. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Wes, in 2013, her son Steve, and her daughter Laura.
Prior to moving to Atlanta in 1966, Marge was an Air Force wife who lived throughout the southern U.S. and Asia. For twenty years she moved an average of every two years with (ultimately) five kids in tow. This included moving the entire household across the Pacific Ocean four times. Throughout these adventures, she retained her marvelous sense of humor and delightful dry wit.
She was an avid reader and shared that passion with her family by recommending books she enjoyed. Early on that list included many classics, and writers such as James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Flannery O’Connor, J.D. Salinger, and hundreds more. That in turn blossomed into her children reciprocating with recommendations on their own favorites. She happily read them all.
She was interested in politics and followed developments closely. It made for some lively dinner conversations. She was active as a volunteer in local politics, and as a member of the League of Women’s Voters she participated in voting drives and voter registrations. She also served a term as president of the League of Women’s Voters for DeKalb County.
Marge loved animals, and the antics of her numerous dogs and cats often made her laugh. In her final years, her grandson’s dog Elsa would frequently lie on her feet. But Elsa was not just a trusty foot warmer, she was a loving companion and comfort to her.
In her final months, her long-term memory was the last to desert her, so when encouraged, she was able to share stories of growing up in Grand Island, Nebraska. She spoke of her childhood in the 1930s, hearing the coyotes howling at night, her Scotch-Irish ancestry, her childhood friends - with whom she maintained lifelong relationships, and meeting her future husband Wes at a dance in 1946.
She was a compassionate person who strongly believed that all lives were important and special. She will be missed.
She is survived by her daughter Joan (and husband Robert), sons John (and wife Patty) and Tony, granddaughter Chandra, grandson Graham, and great-grandson Tyler.
Marge requested cremation and that no memorial service was to be held.
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