January 18, 1926 - March 21, 2014
MARJORIE ANN (MOFFAT) WHITTEMORE
On January 18, 1926, in Menessen, PA, Earl Clyde and Almeda Loma (Shepler) Moffat, welcomed their new baby girl, Marjorie Ann, into the world.
At age 17, after her high school graduation and immediately following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Marjorie left home and headed to Baltimore, MD to help in the war effort. She worked at Martin Marietta, where she worked on the assembly line making SOS machines.
One day, while waiting on a bus stop on 33rd Street in Baltimore, Marjorie met her future husband, a young, handsome Navy sailor from Baltimore, John Earl Whittemore.
Once John completed his Navy service, they bought a new house in the Hamilton area of Baltimore, and raised their three girls, Jo Ann (Hancock,) Judith Marie (Chapman,) and Joy Marjorie (Flick.)
Marjorie worked at the Equitable Trust Company, while completing banking school, and then worked as the head bookkeeper for the Mullen Contracting Company in Baltimore for many years. In 1975, Marjorie and John relocated to Ocean City, MD, where John retired, due to health issues, and Marjorie worked as head bookkeeper at the popular and exclusive Garden Gourmet Restaurant.
After John’s unexpected death at age 53, on November 22, 1978, Marjorie soon moved up the Atlantic coast to Rehoboth Beach, DE, where life was a bit quieter and moved at a slower pace, especially during the hectic summer vacation months in the local beach resorts. She continued to work full-time at various businesses over the coming years until, at age 78, a collapsed hip forced her retirement. She would have worked forever, if she could have.
After a hip replacement in January, 2009, Marjorie awoke from the long procedure with Dementia, making it impossible for her to continue to live independently. In February, 2010, she moved to Milo, Maine temporarily, to stay with her daughter, Judith. Then, in early December, 2010, she moved permanently to Plano, TX, where she resided with her daughter, Joy and her husband, David.
Joy cared for her full-time, and she greatly enjoyed her fun half-day visits to Encore Adult Day Stay in Plano, where she made many friends and was loved and pampered by owner, Laura Lester, and all of the wonderful, caring staff. There, she most loved the sing-alongs, Bingo games and all of the various entertainment shows.
Marjorie also loved to travel, and looked forward to the long drives to Cedar Park, TX to visit her Granddaughter, Brooke Michelle, Brooke’s husband, Justin Huling, and their two precious boys, John, (age 5,) and Reid, (age 3.) Great-grandson, Dylan, is expected to arrive on April 28, 2014.
For her 88th birthday in January, Joy and Dave took Marjorie to the Big Band Revue at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. She smiled perpetually, slapped her leg and sang along to every song. She spoke for days afterward about how she had loved the show.
Joy’s oldest son and Marjorie’s Grandson, Dustin John, spent countless hours loving and caring for his Nana, whenever Joy and Dave had to travel or couldn’t be at home with her. Their relationship was very special, and she loved him very much. Dustin’s fiancee, Myra Lynn Bitar, was also beloved by Marjorie for her compassionate and sweet nature and her patience and understanding when Dustin would stay at home to care for her.
Marjorie was also very proud of Joy’s youngest son, her Grandson, Lt Ridge Robert Flick, a 2010 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, now an Air Force A-10 fighter pilot stationed at Osan Air Base, South Korea. He resides there with wife, Lt Kelsey (Ernest,) Flick, a USAF intel officer.
Also surviving Marjorie is daughter Judy’s only child, Granddaughter Jennifer Leigh (Chapman) Chadbourne, her husband Travis and their two children, Great-granddaughter Emmaleigh and Great-grandson, Dustin, all of Brownville Junction, ME.
Marjorie’s oldest daughter, Jo Ann (Hancock,) passed-away suddenly, and at a young age, from pancreatic cancer in September, 2003. Jo left behind three grown children: Marjorie’s Grandson, Todd, and wife Lynn, and their two children, Marjorie’s Great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn, and Great-grandson, Ethan, all of Poconos, PA; Grandson Chad, and his wife Gretchen, and their two daughters, Marjorie’s Great-granddaughters Emma and Sarah, all of Ocean City, MD; and Granddaughter, Kerri-Beth and her son, Marjorie’s Great-grandson, Jackson, both of Berlin, MD.
Marjorie Ann was a devout Christian, (Catholic,) who lived every day of her life in a manner consistent with His will. She was a hard worker, who had an impeccable work ethic and lived her life giving all that she could for others, especially for her family. She loved holidays with family, Big Band music, vacations at the beach, boating with John on his yacht in the Chesapeake Bay, season subscriptions o the Morris Mechanic Theater in Baltimore and the Painter’s Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, MD, and the pool days and family birthday and engagement parties at the Greenspring Valley Country Club, in Hunt Valley, MD.
Marjorie taught Sunday school, and was loved by the children who were fortunate enough to be in her class. A weekly favorite was the red Hawaiian Punch and Nilla Wafers that she would always bring to share.
Marjorie was the sweetest, kindest, gentlest little lamb and she never met a stranger. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. A truly selfless child of God, she made this world a better place just by her being in it, and was always striving to help others, often to the detriment of her own self.
On March 9, 2014, at age 88, Marjorie suffered a stroke at home, but was rapidly improving and progressing with each passing day for the following week. Everyone was very hopeful that she would make a full recovery. Then, on the early morning hours of March 19th, she suffered a second ‘event’ overnight, from which she never recovered.
On Friday, March 21, 2014, at 12:50 PM, Marjorie crossed-over into the anxiously awaiting arms of most of her family members, and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her daughter, Joy, held her as she as she passed, and her brother, Earl Clyde, sister, Eva Jane and Joy and Dave’s preemie son, Marjorie’s Great-grandson, Cristen Michael, along with many other family members and friends, were finally all reunited in Heaven. Marjorie leaves behind one remaining brother, Clyde Earl, and his wife Eleanor, both of Arkansas.
Marjorie’s family would like to sincerely thank the following for their care, love and support: Dr. Michelle Sun (and Wendy); Dr. Marc Krock (and Sarah); Dr. Richard Reitman (and Gay); Dr. Diana O’Quinn (and Gayle); Community Hospice – Judy, LeAnn, Min and Lydia; the Plano Police Department, especially Officer Tommy Ruiz; Dr. Amy at American Forensics; Shannon and Crystal at Aria Cremation and Funeral Home and the deepest heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Dr. Susana Poliak, for her unwavering and exceptional care, love, loyalty, guidance and support during Mom’s illness, and to Donna, her nurse for her care and compassion. We could never thank each of you enough.
Our dearest Mom and Nana: Thank you for always being the best role model, mentor, Mom, Nana and friend that we could have ever hoped for, and especially for instilling in us our deep and abiding faith in God, our Heavenly Father. We were truly blessed to have had you in our lives for the past 88 years. We will miss you terribly, and your sweet smile, gentle pats, open heart, long talks and cute sense of humor. We look forward to the day when we will see you again in Paradise. Until then, we will love you for always.
“MAKE YOURSELF FAMILIAR WITH THE ANGELS, AND BEHOLD THEM IN SPIRIT, FOR WITHOUT BEING SEEN, THEY ARE EVER-PRESENT WITH YOU.”
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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