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Marjorie D. Nelson

1924 - 2016 Notice Condolences
Marjorie D. Nelson Notice

Marjorie D. (Midge) Nelson, mother of four and a homemaker active in civic and church affairs, died of natural causes at the age of 91 on the 19th of September at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, with all of her children at her bedside. Born on October 1, 1924 and the second of three daughters of Clayton Demarest, jr., and Marguerite Bahlke Demarest, the former Marjorie Anne Demarest grew up on Queen Anne Road in Windsor Hills, attending Baltimore City schools and graduating from Forest Park High School. The family moved to Norwood Road in Guilford in 1942. Midge attended Hollins College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1945, after which she studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her college-year summers and winter breaks were spent supporting the war effort volunteering at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1946, she married U.S. Naval officer N. Travers Nelson of Baltimore, who then began a long career at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrow Point plant. The family lived for three decades in Guilford, moving to Ruxton in 1984, and then to Broadmead in 2001. Mr. Nelson died in 2009. Both an avid birdwatcher and a talented gardener, Midge worked for ten years with the grounds committee at what was then the new campus of Greater Baltimore Medical Center. With her husband, she also volunteered for two decades as a tutor at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church on Park Avenue, where she and her husband had married. The family began attending the suburban location of Brown Memorial at Woodbrook when it was opened in 1960. Midge and her husband were strong supporters of the church, and she became particularly involved in the design of the Woodbrook church's sanctuary and landscaping in the early 1990's. Architect Steve Ziger wrote recently, "the church now stands as a testament to her generosity, grace, and dedication to her community." For over fifty years, she and her family spent summers on Isle au Haut, Maine, where her children still maintain the family cottage. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her younger sister, Carolyn D. Wells of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and by her children, Anne N. Apgar and Travers C. Nelson of Baltimore, Elizabeth C. (Liza) Nelson of Brunswick, Maine, and David C. Nelson of Westport, Connecticut, and their families, including 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorial service arrangements for later in the fall are incomplete. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Congregational Church, Isle au Haut, ME 04645 (207) 335-5172.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Oct. 5, 2016
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