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MARJORIE NOLLER (NICKERSON) Marjorie was born on May 3, 1921 in San Antonio, TX., to Kenneth and Juanita Nickerson. She died of cardiac arrest on August 31, 2013 in Loma Linda, CA., surrounded by her three children; Marjorie Ann Kross, Bobbie Jean Carver and Kenneth Robert Noller, and son-in-law, Bruce Carver, and daughter-in-law Nancy Noller. She is predeceased by her two husbands, Thomas Morgan who died as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II in 1942, and Robert Richard Noller, who died in 2000. In addition to her three children and in-laws, Marjorie is survived by four grandchildren, Jill Kross Schmitt and her husband Bob, Matthew Kross and his wife Lynnae, Brian Carver and his wife Lucy, and Amy Carver, and three great-grandchildren, Hayden Schmitt, Parker Kross and Morgan Kross. Marjorie also has two surviving brothers, Kenneth Nickerson and Robert Nickerson and their spouses. Marjorie lived in Massachusetts, Texas and then moved to California. She settled in Riverside in 1938, graduating from Poly High School in 1939. She met Tommy Morgan, who was in the Army Air Corps. They were married in March 1941, in Yuma, AZ. Tommy was shipped overseas in October. Marjorie was pregnant with her first born, Marjorie Ann. She never saw Tommy again, as he was in the Philippines when it fell to Japanese forces. In October 1945, Marjorie met Robert Noller. After a brief courtship, six weeks, they were married in Las Vegas, NV. Bobbie Jean and Kenneth Robert were the result of their union. Marjorie and Bob were together for nearly 55 years. Marjorie worked for a number of years for the Riverside Unified School District. She worked in the libraries at Sierra Middle School, Alcott Elementary and Gage Middle School. Upon retirement, she and Bob spent 20 years traveling the United States and Canada in their fifth wheel trailer. She remained a resident of Riverside until 2009 when she made the decision to move to The Lakes in Banning, CA. She made many friends among the staff and residents. Marjorie had a tremendous zest for life. She was naturally curious and took an interest in people and places. She was a voracious reader and loved to work crossword puzzles. Marjorie was a very forward looking person. She spoke of death as her next great adventure. She will remain forever in the hearts and minds of her family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to any public library in honor of our mother's great love of books. A celebration of our mother's life will follow at a later date. To quote from one of Marjorie's favorite poems, Sea Fever by John Masefield: "I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by... I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing rover, And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over."

Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 8, 2013
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