Marjorie Leah McCarthy, age 100, formerly of Columbia, went to her Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 2, 2013, and her family rejoices in her reunion with her loving husband, John Patrick McCarthy.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.
Born March 22, 1913, in Percy , Ill., Marjorie — a sweet young lady with lovely red hair, whom neighboring farm boys teasingly called “Red” — learned the value of hard work on the family farm. She would recall enjoying playing the piano at revivals along with her father, a well-respected minister. Marjorie left the farm to attend nursing school, completing her training at Elgin State Hospital in 1934. While a nurse at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Marjorie met John at a USO dance. A new and wonderful chapter in her life started when she became his bride May 5, 1945.
Marjorie and John were blessed with three “sugar lumps,” as Marjorie — “Mammy” — adoringly called her children, Katherine (husband Charles) Wallace, John Patrick (wife Katherine) McCarthy Jr. and Charles Michael “Mike” (wife Patricia) McCarthy. Marjorie worked in the pediatric orthopedic ward of Noyes Hospital in Columbia, then as a school nurse in Iowa and later as an RN at Mid-Missouri Mental Health and for Dr. John Tinsley in Columbia. Marjorie loved attending the Assembly of God Christian Chapel. She was a devoted wife to John, a World War II veteran who served proudly for 25 years in the Air Force, after which he became a high-school guidance counselor, high-school principal and later a professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia. In their retirement, they enjoyed building a quaint log cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks, where they cherished much time with each other and family. She and John resided on Fredora Avenue in Columbia for many years, moving to Lutz, Fla., in 2007.
In addition to her parents, Charles and Viola Leming, and her husband, Marjorie was predeceased by her brother, Paul. She is survived by her three children; sister Ada ; brother Jim; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and another great-grandson on the way in October. Among her grandchildren is Marjorie Wallace Lewis, a local attorney.