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Marjorie Rodman Stapp

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Marjorie Rodman STAPP Marjorie Rodman Stapp passed away in the early morning of May 11, 2009 after spending a Mother's Day with her loving family. Marge, the daughter of Wiles and Vivian Rodman was born April 1, 1922 in Wapato, Washington. She graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1938 and received a teaching degree from Central Washington Teacher's College in 1942. She taught school in Battleground, Washington and Seattle Public Schools. On December 29, 1946 she married Dickinson Wilson Stapp in Seattle. Marge and Dick began their married life on Queen Anne before moving to their home on Magnolia in 1950. Marge was a devoted wife to her husband, Dick, for 58 years until his death in 2003. She was a very active volunteer in the community and her son's schools while always being a loving mother and wife. She and Dick were long time members of Magnolia Presbyterian Church. Marge was devoted to her faith and her church community; teaching Sunday school for over 25 years, was a church elder and active in Mariners for many years. She was a dear friend to many in her neighborhood, community and church. Marge is survived by her sons and daughters in law, John (Cristie), Jim (Joline), David (Lynn); adored grandchildren: Wiles, Jackie, Sarah, and step-grandsons Michael and Alex Cassidy; her sister, Helen Kennison; sister-in-law, Mary Stapp; nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. Her husband, Dick and brother, Les Rodman, preceded Marge in death. In 2007 Marge moved again, this time back to Queen Anne to Bayview Manor where she joined many old friends. She embraced her life at Bayview making new friends quickly and was a favorite among both staff and residents. The family is truly grateful for the wonderful care and friendship she received there. Marge will be remembered for her special way of making everyone around her feel valued and heard, her compassion for others, her love of children, her generosity, and her pies! She retained her optimism even as her health failed her. She will be dearly missed but leaves those whose lives she touched with a truly fine gift. Marge asked that any memorials be made to "any place you care about". The family suggests Magnolia Presbyterian Church, Hospice, or Queen Anne Help Line. The memorial service will be held at Magnolia Presbyterian Church, 3051 28th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199, Saturday, May 30th, at 1:00 p.m.
Published in The Seattle Times from May 24 to May 25, 2009
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