Marjorie Shinn, age 97, passed away on January 8, 2013. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but grew up in Oakland, graduating from Fremont High School in 1933. She lived in several cities in the Bay Area before settling in San Carlos in 1952 where she raised her family and lived for 53 years. Margie worked in a local dress shop for several years before becoming the school treasurer at Carlmont High School in 1960. She continued to work at Carlmont until retiring in 1978. Throughout her years in San Carlos, Margie loved to sing and dance in the local "Chicken's Ball", a biannual fund raiser for the local school district. Margie was also a founding member of "The Claypipers" theatrical group which entertained enthusiastic summer audiences in Drytown, California for over 30 years. Among other activities throughout the years, Margie loved to play golf with the Half Moon Bay and Poplar Creek Women's Golf Clubs. She also volunteered at the famed Filoli Estate in Woodside, California for over 30 years. After moving to The Peninsula Regent in San Mateo in 2005, Margie continued to play golf and volunteer at Filoli in addition to playing bridge and attending a variety of theatrical shows and performances. Margie moved to Santa Rosa in 2011 to be closer to family; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and John Kennedy; granddaughter, Kelly Kennedy; and step-grandchildren, Stan (Alison) Kennedy of Davis and Kim Kauhaahaa of El Dorado. She is also survived by a son, Michael Betts of Las Vegas; step daughter, Patty Bettencourt, San Mateo; step-grandsons Jeff (Lisa) Moir, San Mateo; Doug Moir , Hayward; two step granddaughters, Vickie (Tim) Barvich, and Debbie (Mark) Carrier. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Shinn; and stepson, Hal Shinn. A celebration of Margie's life will be held in February in the San Mateo area. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home & Crematory 525-3730
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Published in the Press Democrat from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, 2013