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Marjorie "Margie" Vale Wilson

90, Indianapolis, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Born in Oak Park, IL, on July 13, 1922, she was the younger daughter of Dr. Roy Ewing Vale, a Presbyterian minister, and Jess (Dobson) Vale. When she was 8, the family moved to Detroit, MI, where they stayed for 10 years. She took journalism courses at both Highland Park Junior and Senior High Schools. She also served on both school newspapers in an editorial capacity.

Margie began college at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA. During her first year, her family moved to Indianapolis where her father began his ministry at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. She then transferred to Indiana University. As a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Margie lived in the sorority house there. On the campus Daily Student newspaper staff, she reviewed productions mounted by the Auditorium Series. Upon graduation in 1943, Margie was recommended to Corbin Patrick, Drama Editor at the Indianapolis Star. As his Assistant Drama Editor, she conducted interviews as well as reviewed books and symphony performances. She also handled lay-out and proof-reading.

Margie married Robert H. Wilson on June 11, 1944, with her father Dr. Vale presiding. She resigned at the Star but continued to review books for the paper for 40 years. In June 1980, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Christian Theological Seminary with a M.A. in religion.

Margie was active as a member or volunteer in a wide variety of organizations. Among them are: President, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Association, Indianapolis; the Caroline Scott Harrison DAR Chapter; Crossroads Volunteer Association; the Indianapolis Press Club; Stansfield Circle; Fletcher Place Community Center; the Indianapolis Woman's Club; and the Indianapolis Public School system. She served as an Elder on the Second Presbyterian Church Session and worked in the Intensive Care Waiting Room at St. Vincent Hospital for a decade on a volunteer basis.

Over the years, Margie used her writing skills for the benefit of various groups. She put together newsletters for Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, Second Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest Condominiums and the St. Vincent Hospital Communique Staff. In addition, she served as Associate Editor of the Marquette Memoirs, published at Marquette Manor in 2001.

Margie is survived by her children, Judith V. Newton and David S. Wilson; grandchildren, Dr. Erin Vale Newton and Robert Adam Newton; and great-grandchildren, Aliza Cohen Newton, Lev Cohen Newton and Kai Edward Newton.

Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel , has been entrusted in honoring Margie's request to have services handled privately. Memorial contributions may be made to either Marquette Manor Foundation, 8140 Township Line Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 418 E. 34th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205. You may also leave an online condolence for her family at

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 10, 2013
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