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Margie Lee Marsh

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 8, 2018 @ 12:47 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 21 Comments

Thursday, February 8 saw a peaceful conclusion to a life fully-lived in Margie Lee Marsh, 92, of Durham, North Carolina. Her final days at Hillcrest Convalescent Center served as an opportunity for her family to gather around her and do the things she spent her life teaching them how to do as they laughed, prayed and sang together.
Margie Lee Marsh was born November 30, 1925 in Washington, DC, the only child of Jesse Morris and Annie Mason. The apple of many adult eyes, Margie grew up happy and adored. In that childhood was cemented a lifelong bond with her father. Margie’s own children remember Grandaddy Jesse’s presence in their home and lives throughout their upbringing.
On July 4, 1940, Margie met Frank William (Bill) Marsh at a Fourth of July dance that she had agreed to attend with Bill’s younger brother, Jimmy. When Bill drove them home that evening, he told Jimmy to walk her to her door and to, “Go ahead and kiss her goodnight, because I’m gonna marry her.”
And so it was. The pair married on September 26, 1942 and remained married for 62 years until Bill’s passing in 2004. Their marriage endured long periods of separation as Bill served heroically during World War II in the U.S. Navy.
Under Margie’s guidance, the Marsh family’s prayers were often songs and their songs were always prayers. Dotingly and with occasional loving firmness, she taught her children to love God, music and each other.
She was a devoted member and choral director at Baptist Temple Church in her longtime home of Alexandria, Virginia and over recent years enjoyed participating in church life at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hillsborough where she was beloved as a motherly figure, musical visionary and frequent poet.
Margie is survived by her son and three daughters: William Randolph Marsh and his wife, Carolyn of Sanford, NC; Carol Marsh Krzyzewski and her husband, Michael of Durham; Cathy Marsh Munro and her husband, Kirk of Fredericksburg, VA; and Donna Marsh Borman and her husband, Fred of Big Horn, MT. Margie’s love also blessed the lives of 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Margie never met a stranger; she never forgot a birthday; her clothing and jewelry never clashed; and she never, ever quit on anything or anyone. She always carried a song in her heart; she always put her family’s needs before her own; her cooking was always the highlight of any gathering; and she always knew the right thing to say to make another person feel valued.
Margie’s family will remember the subtle sound of Nana’s long, manicured fingernails lightly striking the keys of the piano and the shake of her bangle bracelets that served as percussion on top of the glorious music her fingers effortlessly produced with the keys. They will continue to be certain of the fates of both the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat. They will constantly strive to replicate her recipes which never seemed to require measuring cups or spoons when Nana masterfully put them together. And they will know for the rest of each of their lives that Nana loved them in the special, wholehearted way that only she could – “a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday from Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1210 Pleasant Green Rd., Hillsborough. Friends may visit 3-5 PM Sunday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Private burial will be in Falls Church, VA. Contributions in Margie’s memory may be made to the Emily K Center in Durham, (www.emilyk.org).

Condolences for the family of “Margie Lee Marsh”

Condolence from Callie, Bill, Jake,& Natalie McBroom on February 8th, 2018 6:24 pm

Mrs. Marge will forever be fondly remembered for her wonderful stories she told on the way to and from our Women of Joy weekend retreats with EBC! She could make all of us ladies in the van roll with laughter. Three whole hours of non-stop joy! She was a blessing to me and everyone who met her. My family and I are grateful for the Christmas songs she helped coordinate at EBC and her beautiful voice. Thank you dear sweet Mrs. Marge for blessing me, my husband, and my children while we were members at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Our prayers are with the Marsh family as they celebrate Mrs. Marge’s homecoming! Praise be to the Lord and may your family receive His comfort in knowing that Mrs. Marge is now home, singing and dancing!

Condolence from Robert Blunt on February 9th, 2018 8:58 am

Norma and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Margie. I remember the Marsh family reunions with fond memories as a child. We pray your family find pease and comfort.
Bob and Norma Blunt

Condolence from Judi B Goss on February 9th, 2018 4:01 pm

My prayers are with your family at this time of Margie going home to our Lord & Savior, She was a special lady & a godly woman. She was a joy to be around. I got to know her thru Ebenezer’s Women Retreat. She will be greatly missed.
Loving prayers to your family,
Judi Goss

Condolence from Beth Rickman on February 9th, 2018 5:31 pm

As a volunteer, working in the beauty shop @ Hillcrest, Margie became one of my favorite people over the years as she would come and go. Just the week prior to her death, I stopped by to see her and she insisted I have a piece of her “French Apple Pie” – yummy, yummy. I, always, enjoyed conversing with her.
To her family, my sincerest condolences on your loss but she will never be out of your heart.

Beth Rickman
Numbers 6: 24-26

Condolence from Barry and Barbara Cashion on February 10th, 2018 9:29 am

Randy, Carolyn and family,
You all will remain in our prayers during the loss of your precious loved one. Never will I forget that she insisted she make her special homemade apple pies for a gathering at our home last August. Each pie must have weighed five pounds and was enjoyed by all. You will miss her greatly but her legacy will carry on forever, then one glorious day………what a reunion that will be. We love you!
Barry and Barbara Cashion

Condolence from Charles M Smith on February 10th, 2018 10:30 am

Dear Mickie:
So sorry to learn of your Mom’s death. She sounds like a marvelous lady. Thanks be to God for her long, good life and for the promise of meeting again.
Charles & Barbara Smith (sat with you and Mike at Duke Trustees’ Dinner May 2010)

Condolence from Connie and Tom Chandler on February 10th, 2018 10:38 am

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and sympathies go out to you and your family and we wish you peace in the days to come. Sounds like some wonderful memories will sustain you.

Connie and Tom Chandler

Condolence from Dawn Hemric Osborne on February 11th, 2018 9:52 am

Praying for this sweet family during this difficult time and in the days that follow!

Condolence from Fran Means on February 11th, 2018 11:13 am

Sending condolences to your family, with special thoughts and prayers to Micki, Donna, and Andy. As I hear of your loss, I am reminded of the loving memories I have of my mother and grandmothers, they were such blessings in my life. Mothers and grandmothers hold a special place in our hearts, and when they leave this earth it creates a void that cannot be filled by anyone. May you continue the legacy that she began and find the comfort and strength you need to face the days ahead. God bless you all. Fran & Jeff Means

Condolence from Kathleen Burrell on February 11th, 2018 12:41 pm

To the Marsh Family:

Margie certainly was a larger than life presence who exuded strength, determination, optimism, generosity, and love. Andy and I have many fond memories, Andy definitely more than me, and we shall continue to cherish those moments ever more greatly. Margie left a precious legacy——family and its importance cannot be overstated. May the love you have for each other continue to be a source of great sustenance.

Love, Andy and Kathy Burrell.

Condolence from Becky Johnson on February 11th, 2018 2:26 pm

My life has been blessed by knowing this amazing woman of God! She inspired our women of Ebenexer Baptist Church and spoke wisdom to all she met. The love of Jesus shone brightly through her life and she always brought joy to others. I am honored to have called her my friend and am richer for it. Her poems will be shared with others and her influence and sweet memories live on! She is finally HOME with her loved ones and Savior!

Condolence from Alice Setliff on February 11th, 2018 2:51 pm

Dear family may God continue to bless y’all with her sweet memories ❤️

Condolence from MARY ANN AND DENNIS MLYNSKI on February 11th, 2018 7:08 pm


Condolence from Teressa Green on February 11th, 2018 7:44 pm

My mother loved her friend Marge and now they can be friends in Heaven. So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from John Lawrence on February 11th, 2018 8:04 pm

Prayers to the family from Australia. Condolences and thoughts at this sad time.

Condolence from Regina Wills on February 11th, 2018 10:01 pm

To the Marsh Family –

My sincere condolences! What an absolutely beautiful write up about an amazing woman!

I just loved what her late husband told his younger brother! That is a story to be shared forever and ever!

God Bless you ALL and may your Mother Rest in Peace and have an amazing joining with her beloved husband!

Condolence from Nancy Hall on February 12th, 2018 5:46 pm

I loved this woman with All my heart. It was my honor to know her . She said. I’m agin sin. Amen. Lol what a personality

Condolence from Jim Fox on February 12th, 2018 7:48 pm

I was pastor of the Marsh family in Baptist Temple Church, Alexandria, Virginia, January 1, 1959-June 30, 1967. Every pastor should have the experience (blessing) of pastoring at least one church member like Margie Marsh. She abounded in vim, vigor, vitality, enthusiasm, humor, creativity, and dependable support for her church and its pastor. I remember her leading the youth choir at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday worship services. I cannot forget the entertaining skits she and her family presented at the church’s New Year’s Eve program before the 11 p.m. worship service.

May God bless our memories of Margie Marsh and minister to her family members and others as we grieve her death.

ἀγάπη (agape), Rev. Jim Fox (age 95+), Winchester, VA.

Condolence from Dot Fox on February 12th, 2018 7:48 pm

I remember Margie and her leadership in the many fun events we had at Baptist Temple. Margie always had something to say! I also remember the wedding anniversary party given for Margie & Bill. When my husband, Jim, was asked to give a few words of remembrance, he recounted many surprising things about Margie that few people knew. Baptist Temple is one church I’ll always remember because of special families and people like Bill and Margie.

Dot Fox

Condolence from David and Pam Hahn on February 15th, 2018 6:32 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We pray for your peace and comfort during this time of great loss.

Condolence from Lorrie Fox, daughter of Dot and Jim on February 17th, 2018 9:04 am

I have loved Margie Marsh since the day I met her as a little girl. She lit up every room she entered with the glow of Jesus. She was a woman of many talents and shared them graciously. She was also a woman after my own heart with her bright colors and matchy, matchy ways. Maybe her role model is why I am like that myself — always matching earrings with outfits with shoes with purses with fingernails with hats and, yes, on Sundays even with the color of my Bible! Margie was a delightful individual and I will always remember her and her incredibly wonderful family. Heaven must be dancing and singing with even more vigor now that she has joined them!

Am praying the Lord will wrap the whole family in His arms and bring all of you comfort and that peace that passes all understanding that comes only from Him.

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