Marjorie McGuire Booker

Marjorie McGuire Booker

Marjorie McGuire Booker, age 86, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 28, 2013. She was born in 1927 to George Orson and Marjorie Mae Combs McGuire in Grundy, VA. In 1947 she graduated from Randolph Macon Woman's College and moved to Waynesboro, VA to take up an elementary school teaching post. There she met her husband James Franklin Booker, and they were married in 1950. They moved to Wilmington in 1951 for Jim to continue his career with DuPont.

Marge received a Master of Library Science from the University of Delaware in 1963 and was a librarian in the New Castle County secondary school system for a number of years. Marge instilled a deep love of reading in all her children, and a fondness for libraries.

One of Marge's proudest achievements was becoming a Silver Life Master Member of the American Contract Bridge Association and the Delaware Bridge Association. She was a life member of the American Association of University Women, Aldersgate Methodist Church, Junior Board, Delta Delta Delta Sorority and several art museums.

In addition to her passion for bridge, Marge loved art. She studied art history and art appreciation at the University of Delaware, Delaware Art Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, and for 3 years at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA. She arranged yearly bus trips to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC for the benefit of Randolph Macon Scholarship Fund.

Marge was preceded in death by Jim, her beloved husband of 61 years, and by one brother, Joseph McGuire and two sisters, Rachel Coleman and Helen Hahn. She is survived by two daughters, Jayne McGuire Booker of Aptos, CA, Janet Booker Chandler of Wilmington, and son, Lyle Stuart Booker (wife Carolyn) of Cary, NC. Also surviving her are two grandsons, Thomas Chandler and Benjamin Booker, and four grandaughters, Kristen (husband Kenneth), Kelsey and Sara Chandler, and Rachel Booker (fiancé Nick Britt), and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Harriette Doordan of Newark, DE.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 10:30 am at the Methodist Country House, 4830 Kennett Pike, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ministry of Caring, Guardian Angel Child Care, 1803 W 6th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7, 2013