Marjorie Darley

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Marjorie Darley, 93, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side.

Marge was born in Pekin and grew up in Tremont. She moved to Arizona in 2008 to be near her daughter. She married Robert McCray Darley in 1943 and they moved to the Darley farm in Jacksonville in 1949. Marge and Bob had two children, Robert E. Darley and Pamela Darley Jaynes.

She is survived by her son, Bob (Dolores) of Phoenix, New York; her daughter, Pam (Bob) of Anthem, Arizona; granddaughters Holly (Yan) and Kara (Mike); and three great grandchildren. Marge was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Mabele Bennett; her only sister, Verla Gerstner; and her husband, Bob.

Marge graduated from the University of Illinois, where she met the love of her life and husband of 62 years. She was a music and voice major and while in college she pledged Gamma Phi Beta, was the May Queen, starred in "No, No, Nanette," and sang with the Stan Kenton band.

Marge taught music in Franklin for about 35 years. She was a beloved teacher and loved teaching music. She orchestrated wonderful Christmas programs and hundreds of kids passed through her music room, coming out for the better.

She loved life, her family and her many good friends. She will be missed every day.

Memorial services will be held in Franklin at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Franklin Methodist Church.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 16, 2014
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