Marjorie Brandenburg

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Marjorie Pearl Brandenburg







Marjorie Pearl (Margie Pearl) Brandenburg left this plane to enter into another on April 29th's Full Pink Moon in Scorpio. The pink moon expresses rebirth and growth. How beautiful and appropriate.

In the days prior to her transition, Marge, Mom, Nana was surrounded and cared for by her loving family and faithful husband of nearly 65 years, Jim Brandenburg.

Marjorie was born in Bay City, Texas on November 20, 1933 to Edward and Margaret Cook. Edward was a rice farmer and rancher in the small community. Margaret helped with the family farm and held a variety of jobs to support her family.

Marjorie was popular at school and excelled as a student. She was a majorette with the Bay City Black Cat Band, served on the student council and was voted the Football Sweetheart and Miss Bay City High, among other achievements and honors.

On September 12, 1953, Marjorie went on a blind date in Houston. Her best friend and cousin, Peggy, arranged for them to meet two servicemen for an evening out on the town. One of those men was Jim Brandenburg. After a whirlwind romance, they were wed on December 5th, 1953. Their marriage lasted nearly 65 years; they were still holding hands into her last days.

Marjorie leaves behind her loving husband, Jim Brandenburg and their four children: Kathy Brandenburg, Kari Brandenburg, Randy Brandenburg and Marcy Brandenburg. She has eight beautiful grandchildren: Brandi, Jesse, Taylor, Ellis, Justin, Savannah, Logan and Benjamin. She was lucky to love and know her five great-grandchildren, Devin, Isabella, Charlie, Sawyer and Parker.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and granddaughter, Skye Elizabeth.

Mom will always be remembered for her zest for life and frequent celebrations of everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary. She was a wonderful hostess, gourmet cook and baker. Those around her appreciated her culinary talents and wizardry. She was an accomplished travel agent, planning many memorable trips for the family and as her kids grew up, for friends. It was not uncommon to find her on the bed, surrounded by travel brochures, studying the areas and planning the next adventure. She loved the Caribbean, especially Jamaica. She adored her dogs and friends often commented they wanted to "return as one of Margie Pearl's dogs in their next life." Her grandchildren enjoyed spontaneous lunches with Nana, field trips, events and many afternoon teas. Even on vacation, "tea time" with the kids was on the schedule.

Marge chose to be a "stay at home mother" and participated in her children's activities, field trips and sporting events. She served on the Women's Auxiliary at Presbyterian Hospital and remained a member of the Garden Club for decades. Throughout the years, Marge also belonged to several bridge groups. She was a word and puzzle wizard, often leaving people speechless with her extensive vocabulary and bookish knowledge. She was an avid reader.

Mostly, Mom focused her efforts on her husband and family. She rarely missed one of Dad's trials, logging many hours in the courtroom as his most dedicated and supportive fan.

The greatest gift she gave to those around her were the lessons for How to Enjoy Life to the Fullest; There is Nothing a Person Can't Accomplish if They Put Their Mind to It; Put one Foot in Front of the Other; and It's All About Attitude.

Marjorie Pearl Cook Brandenburg lived, loved and laughed. We are grateful for her beautiful life and she was too.

Cremation has taken place and Marge will be interred at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. A family memorial and burial are planned. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Marjorie's name at the local Animal Humane Society or any rescue organization of your choice. She loved animals and children.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 6, 2018