Marjorie passed away, with her loving daughters by her side, on June 20, 2017 after a courageous battle with stage IV cancer. She was born in Sonora, CA to Hans and Mary Dues. After the death of her parents, Marjorie moved to Oakdale at the age of 16.
In 1956, while working as a carhop waitress, she met the love of her life, Leroy. They married after two short months of dating and later welcomed daughters, Darlene (Nunes) and Diane (Whitehead). Marjorie worked at Hunt Wesson for over 40 years.
Marjorie and Leroy were blessed to be married for 60 loving years. Together, they enjoyed traveling with friends, cards night, road trips with ice cream cones and just being with each other.
With the passing of Leroy in February, a little piece of Marjorie was lost. She longed for the day they would be together again. And just as Buck Owen’s song tells:
“The gray skies are gone you’re back in my arms now where you belong we are together again.”
Marjorie leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love. She will forever be loved and missed by all she knew. Grandma, your life was full of loving deeds, forever thoughtful of our special needs.
“Today and tomorrow, my whole life through, I will always love and cherish you.”
Marjorie is survived by daughters Darlene Nunes (Alvin) and Diane Whitehead (Tim); grandchildren Tony Nunes (Carrie), Nicole Machado (Ron), Jimmy Larsen (Noemi); and great- grandchildren Jakob, Cameron and Alyvia Nunes; Luke, Levi, Caleb and Joseph Machado; Robby Larsen and Matthew Whitehead.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Leroy; parents Hans and Mary Dues; brothers Lawrence Dues, James Robert Dues and Donald William Dues; sisters Dorothy Dues Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Dues Edwards. As she requested, there will not be a memorial service. Donations may be made in Marjorie’s name to either: Optimal Hospice Care, 1101 Sylvan Ave, Ste. B-10, Modesto, CA 95350 or Oak Valley Hospital, 350 W. H St, Oakdale, CA 95361.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
July 19, 2017