Marjorie Lois Elizabeth Garcia Buehler

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Marjorie Lois Elizabeth Garcia Buehler passed away peacefully June 8, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. Her husband, Bill and her sons, all of whom loved her deeply, were at her side. Born in Gilroy, California in 1929 Marjorie attended public schools there until leaving for Spokane, Washington where she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Whitworth College. While at Whitworth she served our nation as a member of the Women's Naval Reserve (WAVES). She then attended San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California receiving the degree of Masters in Education and was later commissioned as a Christian Educator by Sioux Falls Presbytery. At San Anselmo Marjorie met Bill Buehler of Emery, SD whom she married December 8, 1956. Together they would spend their life in pursuit of the motto engraved in their wedding bands, "Each for the Other, Both for God." Their work led them to assignments throughout the world on behalf of the United Presbyterian Church of the United States. Together they lived and served in Costa Rica, Mexico, South Dakota, Arizona and the Czech Republic. Working in tandem with her husband, she helped train pastors and educators for indigenous populations, supported hostels for young women enabling them to acquire higher education, developed youth camps, promoted health programs in rural villages and helped establish lending libraries. Marjorie taught for over 20 years from the elementary up to the college level in the Superior and Round Valley school districts as well as Northland Pioneer College. She was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Arizona Foreign Language Association in 1985. At Bill's side she continued her able ministry to churches in those communities and was ordained as an elder in the Community Presbyterian Church of Springerville. With all that, she still found time to be a loving, patient and enthusiastic mother to three sons. After retirement in the United States, she and her husband volunteered to travel to Czechoslovakia at the time of the Velvet Revolution to teach English and to help establish an International Church serving English speakers who had come to Prague from many different parts of the world. Returning to the United States, she and Bill accepted an assignment with Presbyterian Border Ministry serving in Nogales and throughout the state of Sonora. After a final retirement, the couple moved to Tucson, Arizona where Marjorie volunteered for many years at the Primavera Foundation serving the needs of the homeless. She also continued to enjoy her life-long passion for reading, bird watching and travel as well as flower gardening. Marjorie is preceded in death by her mother, Clara Scheck and her father, Barney Garcia. She is survived by her husband, Bill Buehler (Tucson, Arizona); sons, Michael Buehler (Morgan Hill, California), John Buehler-Garcia (Henderson, Nevada), and Benjamin Buehler-Garcia (Tucson, Arizona), along with her daughters-in-law, Margaret Ostrosser Buehler (Henderson) and Paula Martus Buehler (Morgan Hill) and grandchildren, Ashley Quinonez, Nicole Andrade and Christopher Martus. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on her birthday, Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Stillwell House in Tucson, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Stand Up for Kids www.standupforkids.org designated for the Tucson chapter.


Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 23, 2013