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Marjorie Julian Kraft

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Marjorie Julian Kraft Obituary
Kraft Marjorie Julian Kraft, died February 16, 2013. She was born January 9, 1913 and had just celebrated her 100th birthday. She was the oldest of three children to Stella and Earl Julian from Mt. Sterling, Ohio. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, she attended Ohio State University where she was a member of Phi Beta Phi Sorority, now an 84 year Diamond Alumna. Following business school, she enjoyed seven memorable years with The Ohio State Journal (Columbus morning newspaper at that time). In 1935 she married Howard William Kraft with whom she spent 68 happy years until his death in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her sister Joan J. Beckwith, her brother Brooks P. Julian and son-in-law Dr. David B. Olin. Throughout her long life, Marjorie took an active interest in many volunteer community and altruistic causes. Much of her organizational participation reflected her love of children and young people. She was active in a number of civic and philanthropic organizations: a former member of the Hannah Neil Mission which later became Childhood League where she was a life member of Assisting Board II; a founding member of Buckeye Ranch and current member of the sustaining board; Cancer Crew XI; Children's Hospital Twig #46 (where she also volunteered); Columbus Scholarship Board; Mardi Club; Westwood Acres Garden Club; and the Upper Chelsea Uplift Club. She was formerly active in the West Side East Side Child Care Centers, Covenant Presbyterian Church, and Group Y (youth) of First Community Church. Marjorie and her husband, Howard, lived in Upper Arlington for 65 years. She never missed a 4th of July parade until she moved to The Forum in 2004, where she served on the Council board for many years. She was a devoted and wonderful mother and a woman of considerable talents. She was an excellent cook and homemaker, a gifted piano player, an avid bridge player. She loved gardening, cross word puzzles, reading and Buckeye football games. A member of the "greatest generation" -that exemplified her life! Marjorie is survived by her beloved children, Julie Olin of Greensboro, North Carolina and William and Dr. Vicki Barnhouse Kraft of Upper Arlington; grandchildren, Dr. Matthew (Rina) Olin of Greensboro, North Carolina, Jonathan (PerMar) Olin of Charlotte, North Carolina and Kathryn Kraft of Upper Arlington: five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43212 on Friday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. Any memorial donations may be made to First Community Church Heart to Heart, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43212 or Childhood League, 670 S. 18th St., Columbus, Ohio 43205. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to send condolences and share memories.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2013
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