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Marjorie A. Rooney
For all that could not make it I wanted you to hear what was said: I want to first of all, extend my gratitude to all the relatives, friends, and attendees who have come today to honor this great woman, Marjorie Rooney, a person we have all come to love and cherish for many years. The amount of people who have shown up to pay their last respects is only a testimony to the lives she has touched.
All of us knew her in a variety of roles. Mother, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, nana, gigi, and great friend. I have been privileged to know her as my nana. It's within this context mostly that I will speak from and share the greatness of this woman. As she played a variety of roles, her biggest yet aside from being a mother and wife was our nana. After she retired in 1997 she took on a full time job of watching my sister and I. We could argue that nana was her favorite name. - LOL That is until she became gigi, then we are all sidelined to second place. - LOL. In August of 2016 a whole new light sparked in nana. Her best friend was here. Boy were they trouble together. Cash (little dixie) as she would say and nana had a very special kind of bond, one that can't be broken even in death. Once Dakota was here, she jumped right into the chaos of nana and cash. Nana cherished the time spent with the littles, she could act like a kid herself without judgment or question. It was a nice sight to see. She was determined and enthusiastic about Sophie's arrival, she waited patiently to be able to meet the newest, smallest addition to her club of grand babies.
Margie was a women's rights advocate long before she was anything else. You could see this with her personality and how she wasn't afraid to be a woman in a man's place. Nana did a remarkable job at balancing the important stuff that needed to be done when papa was laid up from being shot. From raising her kids, putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their heads, all the way to handling insurance issues and paperwork and most things "a man" would do at that time. This showed her perseverance and resilience. She was a starch defender when it came to her loved ones. She would make it a point to stand up for any underdog in her midst. Out of her siblings she was known to be the enforcer, as she would right any and all instances of people being tyrannized. To say that our nana was fierce would be an understatement. She is by far one of the strongest, most determined and compassionate women I've known. I can say with a matter of fact that I can see these attributes clearly in all of us, because of her. I'm honored to have been so heavily influenced by such an amazing woman.
As nana had such a drastic hand in who we've grown to be, we will forever be grateful to have had her for as long as we did. From playing the Easter bunny, (we loved to go to nanas to hunt eggs filled with money) LOL to making it her mission for us to do well in school, we would sit at that table for what felt like an eternity learning all the state capitals, how to have good penmanship when writing in cursive and of course, arithmetic. That was one mission she did not take lightly. LOL She was strict with her ways but she had an amazing ability to embolden us in everything we did. And believe me we did A LOT. She was a busy woman who had her hands full with the two of us kids (and an extra one or two from the neighborhood).
One of my favorite memories with Nana was when we were younger, when we would go on our blue hills trips. We loved to go there and hike to the tower to eat and spend the day outside. She was far from limited in the role she played for us. I'm sure Jen would talk about when she started horseback riding and nana would bring her and watch her ride when she was younger and first started, before anyone knew it she was there more and more feeding the animals and sweeping. Our schedule was constantly jam packed with activities and lessons that she also enjoyed attending. Her compassion was shown in many different instances but one in particular that comes to mind was grandparents day in elementary school. Our grandparents would all come into school and eat lunch with us. While she was there and we went to sit in the cafeteria, one of my classmates wasn't sitting with grandparents so nana was his grandmother for the day without question or hesitation, we sat with him and ate our lunch together. She was truly remarkable. Nana will forever be alive within us, just as papa is now. We will without a doubt hear their voices in times of trouble and also in times of greatness. We were blessed to have such a dedicated, loving, supportive nana for as long as we did. We will all miss her deeply, but we will carry her in our hearts.
"After all, to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."
Christine A Forshee Feb 28 2022 8:34 AM
Ellen Evans Feb 24 2022 2:39 PM
Tanya Adames lit a candle for Marjorie A. Rooney
Tanya Adames Feb 24 2022 10:36 AM
Nancy Decoulos lit a candle for Marjorie A. Rooney
Nancy Decoulos Feb 23 2022 11:17 AM
Auntie Marge will surely be missed. So sorry for your loss, sending the deepest love and sympathy to Ellen and Christine .
Nancy ( Daniels) Decoulos Feb 23 2022 11:16 AM
Prayers and thoughts go out to mu cousins, Christine, Ellen and their families. Auntie Margie…you will be so missed. You were always so thoughtful, quick-witted and always had a kind word. A gentle soul. You can be rejoined with your husband, my Uncle Dixie ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Mary Ellen Ross (niece) Feb 22 2022 7:33 PM
Mary Ellen Ross lit a candle for Marjorie A. Rooney
Mary Ellen Ross Feb 22 2022 7:28 PM
I am truly sorry for your loss, Auntie Margie you will be surely missed, much love.💗💞💜🙏🙏🙏
Cheryl Roach Feb 22 2022 5:21 PM
I just sat and read her work history , forgetting that I actually worked with Auntie Marge on 4 different jobs !!!! Four !!!! A truly special lady who will be forever missed ❤️🙏🏻
Kathy Demartini Feb 22 2022 5:08 PM
We are so very sorry for the loss Aunt Marge , sending the deepest love and sympathy .
Richard , Cathy and Matthew Daniels
Cathy Daniels Feb 22 2022 4:37 PM