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MARJORIE JANICE (WOOD) NOCK


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MARJORIE JANICE (WOOD) NOCK Obituary
Marjorie Janice Nock, a devoted wife, mother and friend, died Wednesday, June 7. She was 79.
Born Marjorie Janice Wood on October 9, 1937, in Hollywood, CA, 'Margie' was raised in Oakland and attended the Anna Head School for Girls in Berkeley, CA, where she excelled in both academics and sailing, regularly winning regattas on Lake Merit. Upon graduation, she briefly attended Occidental College until marrying Tiberio P. Lizza. They raised four children, Kathy (Lizza) Clark, Karl Lizza, Chris Lizza, and Connie (Lizza) Moyer.
With skiing and ski racing developing as a passion, the family moved to Mammoth in 1970, and Margie became a stalwart of the junior race program at Mammoth Mountain, driving kids to races, volunteering as a race worker, and becoming an official timekeeper. Margie was instrumental in creating the Mammoth Ski Education Foundation to secure the participation of the Mammoth High School Ski Team to represent the U.S. in the first International Student Ski Championships in Cortina, Italy. The Ski Ed Foundation later developed into what is now the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation.
Margie and Tib divorced soon after moving to Mammoth, and she married Robert "Bob" Nock, on July 31, 1975, General Manager for Jerry Buss's resort properties including the Sierra Nevada Inn, Rafters and Mill City Mining Company. Bob and Margie introduced summer business to Mammoth Lakes by bringing tour bus groups to the area while spending hours giving tours and entertaining guests. They both enjoyed Masters Ski Racing and backpacking in the Sierras during the summer and winters seasons.
After her kids left for college, Margie returned to completing her formal education first at Occidental College, then at Santa Monica City College where, at 50, she completed her RN in nursing. Working at the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center, she specialized in IV therapy and was known for her ability to find a viable vein in the arms of the worst drug users. Margie retired after concluding her career as a home healthcare nurse, enabling dozens of her regular patients during the AIDS epidemic to receive critical care while remaining in their homes. Upon retirement, Margie and Bob enjoyed traveling to Australia and loved to scuba dive.
Margie died June 7, at her home in Verdi, NV, in peace with a smile on her face alongside her husband of 44 years, Bob, after a long, defiant battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Margie was preceded in death last year by her brother Bruce Wood, and is survived by her husband Bob; her four children Kathy Clark (and husband Pat), Karl Lizza, Chris Lizza, Connie Moyer (and husband Roy) and step-daughter Cindy Weaver; nine grandchildren, Megan Massey (husband Mark), Patrick (wife Melissa), Conor (and wife Jessicca), and Keegan Montague, Perry, Melanie, and Cassidy Moyer; step-grandchildren JR and Carla (husband Cody) Weaver, Brooke Diller (husband Mike) and Ellen West; and one great-grandchild Cameron Montague.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to an Alzheimers research organization or to the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation in her honor.
Published in Mammoth Times on June 15, 2017
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