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Marjorie Nathe played, won bridge until she was 100

By Andrea Jackson
December 31, 2013 | 7:43 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Marjorie Nathe celebrated her 100th birthday like a queen.

She sat on her throne — a high-back chair draped with purple linen and topped by a golden crown — surrounded by yellow roses. About 200 of her friends and family filed past her in a procession of birthday wishes "like they were her court," said Susan Bliss, her friend and former co-worker.


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"She touched so many lives," Bliss said. 

Marjorie Nathe died Friday, December 27, 2013.  She was 100. 

She was born on May 4, 1913, in St. Louis.

Mrs. Nathe was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and a student at Rubicam Business School.

She married Ambrose C. Nathe. They were married for 64 years. They enjoyed bowling and traveling together, and they attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

She moved to Columbia in 1947. She worked as an administrative assistant in the University Laboratory and High Schools — now known as Townsend Hall — at MU. Mrs. Nathe also worked as an undergraduate adviser at MU. 

She was a delightfully energetic woman, her friends said, with a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh.

Mrs. Nathe loved to play cards. Her favorite game was bridge, and she took every opportunity to play.

When Mrs. Nathe played bridge "she was kind of intimidating," Ruth Wittenberger said. One time, a regular member of Mrs. Nathe's bridge group couldn't attend, and Wittenberger played substitute — that was when she learned how good Mrs. Nathe really was. 

Her last game was a few weeks ago, Wittenberger said.

Mrs. Nathe is survived by two daughters, Ruth Bliss of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Micki Schulze of Kansas City; a son, Tom Nathe of Columbia; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Ambrose Nathe, and her grandson, Richard Bliss, died earlier . 

Her burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery. 

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