PEORIA - Marjorie "Marge" Carrigan, 81, of Davis, Calif., a longtime elementary school teacher and resident of Peoria, Ill., died peacefully on Friday, June 27, 2014, in Davis, following a long illness.
Marge was born Marjorie Harumi Furusho in Hakalau, Hawaii, to Shizue and Shigeharu Furusho.
She met and married Peoria native Les Carrigan while he was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the U.S. Air Force.
They moved back to Peoria after Les was discharged from the service in 1955. While they raised five children, Marge taught in the Peoria school district for 26 years, including second, fourth and fifth grades at Woodrow Wilson School, and later science, math and technology at Mark Bills Middle School.
Marge's hobbies included cooking and baking, sewing, fishing and, in earlier years, hula dancing.
In 2013, Marge and Les moved to Davis, Calif., where they recently celebrated 62 years of friendship and love with all five of their children.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Wallace Udo; son-in-law, Joe, Krick; and her granddaughter, Alana Carrigan Krick.
She is survived by her husband, Les; sister, Jane Udo of Hakalau; brother, Van Dale (Jean) of Okinawa; daughters, Lori of Davis, Calif., and Lana (Tom) Geselbracht of Oak Park, Ill.; her three sons and their wives, Dale (Sherri) Carrigan of San Rafael, Calif., Dana (Judy) Carrigan of Benicia, Calif., and Dian (Rosie) Carrigan of San Antonio, Texas; 13 grandchildren; seven grandchildren-in-law; and three great-grandchildren, including a namesake, Ava Harumi Allaire.
Marge loved her students and was an innovative and talented teacher. An early advocate of computers in the classroom, Marge's students benefited from her big heart and drive to help them succeed. It was not unusual on outings with Marge to be stopped by former students to talk about their challenges and accomplishments. She encouraged all to face their challenges and drive forward to excel despite the difficulties.
Marge's legacy is the impact that she had on all the children that she taught, encouraged and loved.
The family requests that you honor her love of children by setting aside some extra time to spend with your children or grandchildren. Please share your memories of Marge at: http:// margecarrigan.wordpress. com.