Marjory Jane Appell was born on June 28, 1923 in San Francisco, California. Her years leading to adulthood were spent in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and on the Rugg family ranch in Eastern Oregon. Early members of her family were Oregon pioneers, teachers of singing throughout the countryside, and successful sheep ranchers in the area.
Marge was married to Leonard Appell in 1955. They lived in Pendleton. Leonard passed away in 1984. Marge continued living in her home for many years, eventually leaving to be near her daughter in Washington.
Employment during her career was primarily as Office Manager at Byers Avenue Medical Clinic in Pendleton. In her younger days, she was a talented tennis player and loved participating in the bowling league. She participated in many Eagles events, including trips to Nevada. She loved gardening, visiting the Oregon Coast, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. She will be remembered for her intelligence, tremendous wit, work ethic, and sense of humor. Mom was a go-getter and that quality remained with her during her final days.
She passed away at Manor Care Nursing Facility in Gig Harbor, Washington where she received amazing and loving care during the last years of her life. Thanks go to her providers and to her friends in the facility for providing a wonderful, musical, active and fun environment during her final years.
She is survived by her daughter Claudia Thompson (Dean), Gig Harbor, Washington and her son James Gardner, Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by her nephew William Marr of Gig Harbor (Eileen), grandsons Josh Gardner of Portland (Kim) and Will Gardner (Susanne Wild) of Phoenix. She also has three great grandchildren.
Contributions in her memory may be made to The Humane Society of Umatilla County or the Pendleton Salvation Army. No services are planned.