Marjorie C. B. Roughton
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Norfolk - Marjorie Couper Baldwin Roughton, 92, passed away September 8, 2013, with her loving family at her bedside. She was predeceased by her parents, Rufus Guy Baldwin, Sr. and Frances Couper Baldwin; her loving husband, John Robert Roughton Sr.; her three brothers, Rufus Guy Baldwin, Jr., John D. Couper Baldwin, Francis Bernard Couper Baldwin, Sr.; her nephew John Derouet Couper Baldwin, and her great nephew, Francis Bernard Couper Baldwin, III; her step-daughter Gloria Jeanne Roughton. She is survived by her three nephews, Rufus Guy Baldwin, III, Barrow Windley Baldwin, Francis Bernard Couper Baldwin, Jr. and her nieces, Katherine Baldwin Burnett and Monique Baldwin Gregory; her stepchildren, John Robert Roughton, Jr., Barbara Anne Roughton Tuttle, and also many great nieces, great nephews, step grandsons and step granddaughters.
Marjorie, Marge, Baby Sister, or Aunt Mardi, this grand lady lived a life of giving. First, to her family, and then to a large number of others, all who benefited from her boundless wisdom, wit and spirit. She supported many charities including her church, The Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church; the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters; The Roughton House at the Zuni Presbyterian Training School; The Grandfather Home for Children; The Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY, and The Spirit of Faith International. She was a long time contributor to the local Joy Fund, Kiwanis Club and many more.
Marjorie graduated from Maury High School and Mary Washington College with a double major in Music and Psychology. She made her debut in 1938 with the Norfolk German Club. Her beautiful voice placed her as a soloist in the college choir. She played the trombone in the marching band and sang in the choir at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. She was a fun loving person who always looked for the good in people and would always help those in need. She always had a story or a joke for those who would listen, and her quick wit kept everyone on their toes. She will be so greatly missed as she has done so much for so many without asking anything in return. This was her legacy and everyone whom she touched will certainly feel emptiness in her passing.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday September 14, at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A memorial service and reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church in Talbot Park. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 12, 2013