Marjorie Ann Leggett
Marge Leggett went to her eternal, joyous home on February 18, 2023. Lovingly held by her sons and grandchildren, she passed away at Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. She was 88.
Marjorie Roe was born June 10, 1934, in Manson, Washington. Shortly after, her family moved to Elma, where she spent a happy and adventurous childhood. Her family moved to Centralia when she was 13, where she graduated from high school in 1952. She attended and graduated from Centralia Community College beginning in 1952. There she met her great love, companion in life and travel, Jim Leggett.
They moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. They decided to be married before Jim’s induction into the army. So, they were married December 5, 1953. They spent the next few years at Ft. Hood.
Returning to Seattle in 1957, they enrolled at UW. Marge advanced her lifelong love of language and education by completing her degree in 1960.
Marge started her career at Aberdeen High School in 1960, teaching French along with English. She also taught at Hopkins Junior High. then at Central Park Elementary. After a few years there, she found her favorite place, teaching second grade at McDermoth Elementary.
Marge always wanted to show her children (whether at home or in the classroom) possibilities beyond the immediate. She strayed from the syllabus and treated her beloved students to lessons in many things, including memorizing poetry, square dancing, and desert life.
Just before retiring, Marge and Jim moved to Ocean Shores. Always wanting to contribute to her community, she volunteered to cook weekly at the senior center.
Marge believed in local service and spreading Christ’s word. She was a member of Gideons International. She worked at and contributed to Camp Bethel. And for the past many years, she sponsored school children through the Montesano Presbyterian Church’s Uganda mission.
She was active in the Washington State School Retirees Association. She filled several central roles with that organization over the years, because she believed promoting and improving the lives of teachers past and present was part of her lifelong role as an educator.
Marge and Jim loved the outdoors. With a young family and funds to match, they all enjoyed many camping and back-packing trips in the Olympics and Cascades during the summers.
Another activity that Marge loved was square dancing. She and Jim enjoyed dancing with friends for thirty-eight years.
Marge and Jim loved adventurous travel. After retiring, they made several visits to the UK and vacationed in Ireland and Germany. They enjoyed bird watching in California and road trips across Canada, and to the Grand Canyon and Arizona. Later, they took up cruising with friends and family: to the south Pacific, Alaska, and the along the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Marge was a voracious reader and proud of her library, which she used often and continually added to. It included a range of books, from poetry to Jimmy Carter.
Among her many activities, Marge always kept one in the forefront: sewing. Over the years, she made more than 80 dolls, complete with wardrobe and beds and sleeping bags. She gave them to family, friends, and organizations for fund raisers.
Marge made quilt after quilt. Every child, grand and great-grand, received at least one. She gave away many more, also for fund raisers. She loved every aspect of quilting.
And up to the end of her life, she was an integral and beloved member of the Montesano Presbyterian Church family. She enjoyed gathering for fellowship and games. She particularly loved teaching children’s Sunday classes.
Marge was preceded in death by her daughter Sue Schumacher, her father Howard Roe, mother Maude Roe, her sisters Phyllis Shelton and Francis Sutterfield, and her husband of sixty-five years, Jim Leggett.
Marge is survived by her brother Jerry Roe; sons Steve Leggett and Tim Leggett of Aberdeen; five grandchildren: Stephanie Bailey, Nick Leggett, Zack Leggett, Dylan Schumacher, and Mallory Schultz; and five great-grandchildren: Max and Emmi Bailey, Lorelei and Islay Leggett, and Daphne Schultz.
A celebration of life will be honoring Marge on Saturday, March 25, at 1 p.m. at Montesano Presbyterian Church, 201 E. McBryde Ave.
If you would like to donate in memory, please contact the Montesano Presbyterian Church for information about their Uganda mission.
A message of condolence or a memory can be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen, WA.