Marjorie Ruth Casey
Marjorie Ruth Casey, age 91, peacefully passed on September 25, 2019, while with family in Yuma, Ariz. She was born in Long Beach, Calif. on September 20, 1928, to George Fred and Ethel (Bayliss) Casey.
In addition to being a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend, her achievements include being in the first graduating class at Sonoma State University, obtaining a B.A. degree in Political Science. Armed with a sheepskin, she then taught third grade classes at Randall Pepper Elementary School in Fontana, Calif. Later she obtained a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, in a program that combined the University of California at Riverside and Pepperdine University. Her career in education included launching a ‘pilot’ reading program, she introduced the program in a film distributed to classrooms across the Country. Marjorie retired in 1988 from her Administrative position with the Fontana School District in California.
She loved traveling with family. One of several highlights included her and sister Ethel May as they reconnected at their ancestor’s hometown in Ireland. A travel surprise came in 1981 while visiting daughter Patty in Virginia. Both were invited to the White House and also received a staff invitation into the President’s Oval Office. Another highlight was traveling by motorhome with her granddaughter Erin. They set out from their home in Alaska determined to shop every mall in Canada, then into America (the Lower 48).
Marjorie always referred to Sun Vista Resort in Yuma as her second home and was known to her many friends as ‘KC’ or ‘Margie.’ While in her hometown of Deer Lodge, she loved the long visits and hours of great conversation with grandson Douglas, the afternoons with ‘the girls’ at Lil’s and the Elks Lodge. Back at Sun Vista, KC always enjoyed the Pokeno parties she would host for her friends and then surprising them at each holiday often with bobble-head Santas, or beads at Mardi Gras, Easter baskets, candy filled hearts and American flags on Independence Day.
Marjorie is survived by her sister Ethel (Al) Jenness of Coarsegold, Calif., daughter Susie (Scott) Iden of Wickenburg, Ariz., daughter Patty (Dennis “Buzz”) Rome of Deer Lodge, grandson Douglas Rome of Deer Lodge, and granddaughter Erin (Wess) Benson and great-grandson James of Helena, eight nieces and two nephews. Marjorie’s passing was preceded by her sister June Austin, brother George Fred Casey, Jr., son Franklin Perry Walker, son Dana William Walker, and grandson Jeffrey Dale Arnold.
Marjorie’s wishes were for cremation and to have her ashes spread at sea near her birthplace at Long Beach. She wanted to have it known there would be a time when she would float forever on the tides or perhaps be lifted and blown over the land carried by the trade winds.
A portion of her ashes will also be interred at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif., with a private graveside service and marker to commemorate her life.
A spring time celebration of life memorial service is planned when her friends arrive back in Yuma, having an opportunity to say farewell and remember so many great times with their devoted friend KC. Marjorie was proud of her Irish heritage . . . Slán agus beannacht leat.
Death Notice: Charles E. Beck
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Montana State Prison inmate Joseph Foley died on October 1, 2019 at Community Hospital in Missoula due to on ongoing medical condition. Mr. Foley was 62 years old.
Mr. Foley was sentenced out of Ravalli County in 2018 for the crime of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Mr. Foley was sentenced to 5 years with 3 years and 11 months suspended. Mr. Foley was parole eligible as of March 2019