Marjorie E. (Schatz) Worden passed away peacefully on 30 May 2022 in Greensboro, NC after succumbing to complications of Covid-19. She was 95 years old.
Marjorie was born on 04 Feb 1927 in Buffalo, NY, to George Frank and Martha Helene Elizabeth Schatz.
She grew up in Buffalo, living on 249 Grider Street, and graduated from Kensington High School in 1945, taking a secretarial course.
She played the violin in the school orchestra. The violin was her father's. She always encouraged her children to be exposed to music, such as attending opera and other musical concerts.
While in high school, she worked at Hauser's Bakery on Saturdays and sometimes after school and was always happy to bring home left over baked goods.
The Schatzes lived next to Troutwein’s Fish Market and Marjorie often remarked how fortunate they were to receive their fresh fish.
Marjorie spent many days on the family farm in Derby, visiting her Uncles, Ed and Frank.
Her father kept his beehives on the farm and the family was often there on summer weekends. They had a cottage a few miles away in Highland on the Lake. An experience with fresh eggs on the farm, caused her to avoid eggs for the remainder of her life, unless they were adequately disguised.
Marjorie had a strong relationship with her father, George, who was a building contractor. She often remarked how talented and intelligent he was regarding his work. She would spend time in their basement watching him apply his skills to many projects. Unfortunately, George died prematurely in 1944 at 50 years of age. Her mother, Martha, struggled to keep the family functional with the support of Marjorie and her siblings. Her mother died in 1957.
She worked at Merchant's Mutual Insurance Company from 1945-51 as a comptometer operator and programmer. A comptometer was the forerunner of the computer.
She married Robert Pope Worden on 02 Jun 1951. He worked as a claims adjuster for several insurance companies and the family moved a number of times including to Rochester NY, Albany NY, Red Bank NJ, West Hartford CN, Pittsburgh PA, Amarillo TX, and Clinton, New York.
Marjorie gave birth to her first son in 1952 after about a year of marriage. Grandfather Harold Worden was so elated about having a grandson, he provided the son’s name as William Arthur on a check he had provided to cover some of their expenses.
The family took many vacations, traveling by Ford station wagon across the country – often until the money was exhausted. Later in life, Robert and Marjorie always enjoyed extended walks around their neighborhood. Robert died on 16 Apr 2007 in Greensboro, NC.
Marjorie was always active in church and spent a great deal of effort doing research to improve her Christian faith. Although you could generally characterize her as frugal, she was generous about donating to a variety of charities. While living in Greensboro, she was an active member of Westside Chapel. She continued to support and interact with the church, although she was physically unable to attend services there in recent years.
Although she would characterize her personality as shy, Marjorie made strong and long lasting friendships. She would make great efforts to track birthdays, prepare a card (sometimes recycled!) and write long letters to enclose. She was disappointed that she could no longer accomplish those communications for the past couple years.
Marjorie was also preceded in death by her son, James (Jimmy) Robert, and her brothers, George Harold and Edward Leroy Schatz, and her sister Geraldine Lillian (Schatz) Longton.
She often recalled her fondness for Jimmy and wondered what kind of a leader he would have been. She told stories about how he had little fear of death but, instead, thought of ways to express his love to his family.
Marjorie is survived by her sons William Arthur (Pat) Worden of Auburn, WA and Richard Paul (Lee) Worden of Sneads Ferry, NC; grandchildren Eric William Worden, Karl James Worden, Lisa Jean Worden (Justin) Amundsen, Elizabeth Worden (Dan) Merritt, Sarah Pope Worden, Rebecca Worden (Michael) Kociuk; six great-grandchildren.
She will be interred in the Worden family plot:
Prospect Cemetery, Prospect, Oneida County, New York
Memorial contributions may be made to Westside Chapel, 5000 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27410.
Online condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.