Marjorie Ilo (Duff) Athey, 91, passed away in Washington Court House, Ohio on January 29, 2013.
Mrs. Athey was born January 19, 1922, in Washington Court House, Ohio to Virgil Clark and Yvonne Baker Duff. She was a 1939 graduate of Bloomingburg High School and was a lifelong resident of this community.
In 1945, at the age of 23, Marjorie enlisted into the U.S. Navy as a hospital apprentice. Ahead of her time, she became a career woman in 1957, working full-time to earn a living while raising a family. She was a secretary at National Cash Register (NCR) in Washington Court House for a number of years and then worked in the office at Visador until retiring in 1986. After retirement and until she began to have health problems in 2005, Marjorie was a caregiver to many Washington Court House senior citizens.
Mrs. Athey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for nearly 62 years. In earlier years, Marjorie’s hobbies included bowling, gardening, walking and spoiling her pets. She loved her three girls with everything she had and many good times were spent together at Rocky Fork, Lake, OH, Cumberland Lake, KY and Fort Lauderdale, FL.
On March 14, 1943, she married Samuel Pershing Athey. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1976. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, William and Donald Duff and a sister, Annabell Certier.
Mrs. Athey is survived by three daughters, Beverly (Chuck) Lundquist of Tucson, AZ; Mary Lou (Carl) Gatewood of Pittsburgh, PA and Donna Athey (Cathy Cole) of Columbus; four grandchildren, Stacey Mickle, Stefanie (Chris) Hobson, Justin (Stacy) Gatewood and Kyle (Heather) Gatewood; four great grandchildren, Calvin Mickle, Cassidy Spence, Shane Hobson and Henry Gatewood and a great great grandchild, Ariella Spence.
The family would like to thank Lori and Mary from Court House Manor for their friendship and extraordinary nursing as well as Dr. Dale Reno for his years of care.
The funeral will be Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with the Rev. Everett L. Miller, pastor at the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Marjorie’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 217, or the Fayette County Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.