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Majorie Easterling Wolfe, award winning artist, beloved wife, and mother died at age 96 of sudden heart failure on Monday, December 3, 2012.
She was descended from a family of English Quakers who came to America in 1681 and settled in Perquimans County, North Carolina. They later moved to Blue River , Indiana when it was still Indian Country because of the slavery issue in the South.
Marjorie was born on April 11, 1916 in Euclid, Ohio a suburb of Cleveland to the late Grace and Ernest Easterling. She worked as a stenographer at the Republic Steel Corporation before joining the Navy in 1943 as a Wave (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) where she served in the Bureau of Personnel in Arlington, Virginia.
After her discharge in 1946, she attended Cleveland College of Western Reserve University on the G.I Bill where she met her future husband William G. Wolfe in the book line. She graduated in 1949 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art History and worked for a time for an interior decoration firm before becoming a librarian at the college.
She married William G. Wolfe of Lakewood, Ohio in 1950 and had two daughters, Kathryn and Janet. The family moved to New York in 1959 and then to Riverside in 1963. When her children finished school, she worked as Executive Secretary of the Greenwich Garden Education Center for 10 years. She was a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church and in 1989 was one of 8 founding members of the church hand bell choir under Dick Bouchet. She was also an active member of the Greenwich Symphony Guild for many years.
At that time, she then began developing her very great talent for drawing and painting, winning many awards for her water color, pastel, and colored pencil artwork, almost all of which were immediately purchased when exhibited. In 1986 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Art Society of Old Greenwich and served as treasurer for over 20 years.
She is survived by her loving husband, William, with whom she recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. She is also survived by her daughters, Kathryn Whitehead of Thomaston, Maine and Janet Doores of South Hill, Virginia and Gracia, Costa Rica.
Marjorie will always be remembered for her sweet and loving personality, her beautiful artwork, and her joy of gardening, cooking, travel and working jigsaw puzzles. She also greatly enjoyed listening to classical music and reading books especially those written by James Herriot.
A memorial service will take place on Monday, December 17 at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830 with a reception following. If one wishes to make a contribution to her memory, please send it to the Music Department of the First Presbyterian Church.
Published in GreenwichTime on Dec. 12, 2012