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VOIERS, Marjorie Childs
Marjorie Childs Voiers, of Austin, passed away peacefully on June 13th after enjoying a beautiful sunset overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. She had recently celebrated her 93rd birthday while on this last adventure, with her daughter Laura, to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Marj was an avid traveler and shared this passion with both friends and family. Her wanderlust took her to locales in and around Europe, New England, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Mexico, and regularly to Port Aransas, TX and Abaco, Bahamas.

Marjorie was born and grew up in Fort Madison, Iowa. She graduated from Grinnell College in 1944 with a B.A. in music,. In 1945 she married Wm.D Voiers , and they moved to Austin for graduate school at UT, where she earned her Masters in music. Later in life she pursued certifications in Early Childhood, Special Education from UT Austin. Marj combined her love of music and education by teaching music, directing choirs and singing in local opera productions. She worked many years as educator, teaching at Texas School for the Blind, the Austin State School, Liberty Hill Elementary, Leander High School and Seguin I.S.D.

Marj will be remembered for her endless energy, sharp wit, and her enjoyment of antiques and estate sales. Marjorie loved performances by Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Ballet Austin. She often spent time during her retirement ushering with friends at the Long Center and Bass Concert Hall. As a mother, she shared her spirit of adventure, interest in bird watching, arts, history, and genealogy with her children, researching the family tree back to the Mayflower. She was a proud member of the DAR and Colonial Dames of the Mayflower, as well as a faithful and supportive member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and volunteering her time to the Drive a Senior and Manos de Cristo outreach programs.

Marjorie is survived by her children, Leslie and partner Samuel Banyatsky, William D. Voiers and partner Elizabeth Stanley, Laura and husband Bruce Patterson, Lorena Voiers and husband Robert Ettinger, her grandchildren, Brian Danz, Jake Patterson, Julia St. Clair-Voiers and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her infant son Frank, her sisters Sissy Childs and Dorothy Jane Paddock, as well as her son-in-law Clement Schaefer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be donated to Manos de Cristo, Drive a Senior, Westminster Presbyterian Church's Mission Fund or Women's group, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or a music education program of your choice. Memorial services will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, Aug. 15th, at 1pm.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 28 to July 3, 2015
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