HAMMER, Marjorie (Midge) Holley, passed away peacefully at her home in Howell Park on October 23, 2013. She was born on April 27, 1920 at the beginning of the "roaring 20"s", and grew up in the Great Depression years, during which she learned to scrimp and save. She attended the University of MO, where she became a Delta Gamma and also met her future husband, Harry, on a blind date. When World War II came, Harry was stationed at the Army-Air Force Base in Orlando, where he and Midge were married in 1943, and where one year later their only child, Mark, was born. After the war was over, they lived where Harry's jobs took them - in Baltimore, Georgetown, the suburbs of D.C., Abington, PA and St. Louis, MO. Midge and Harry bought a 40-acre farm in the country beyond St. Louis where they would retreat on weekends to relax and entertain their friends from the city. It was also where Midge owned an antique shop for a while. Midge was a natural-born people-lover and loved to entertain friends wherever she lived. She chaired the St Louis University Hospital auxiliary for a number of years: she was also a member of the Greenbrier Country Club in St. Louis, where she played golf; she was active in the local garden club. She joined Newcomers, a natural outlet for her love of entertaining. She had an upbeat outlook on life and a lively imagination that could turn almost every situation into something fun. Her grandchildren will especially remember her impromptu tea parties with them, and the gifts the "pillow fairy" left whenever they visited her home or she visited theirs. Midge is survived by her loving son, Mark, daughter-in-law, Esther, grandchildren Rebecca Miller, Alice Meyer, Lorraine Hammer, Caroline Hammer, grandsons-in-law Todd Miller and Fred Meyer and great-grandson, Nathan Miller. Midge was predeceased by her loving husband, Harry, and by most of her old friends. She will be sorely missed by those still living and by her adoring family. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. November 30, 2013 at Bayshore Presbyterian Church, 2515 Bayshore Blvd.
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Published in TBO.com on Nov. 1, 2013