Marjorie D. Babcock, 94, a Parker Heights resident, passed peacefully on December 25, 2018, at Cottage in the Meadow.
Marjorie was born October 3, 1924, to Ray and Erma D. (Spicer) Nelson at home on the Waterhouse Ranch south of Wapato, Wash. She received her education in the Wapato schools, graduating in 1942. She attended Yakima Business College for two years. This was followed by working as a secretary for a fruit warehouse in Yakima, Wash., and then as a bookkeeper for both an insurance company and a regional accounting firm.
On March 10, 1945, Marjorie married Ensign Charles A. Babcock, also of Parker Heights, in Jacksonville, Florida, where they lived until his discharge from the Navy in October 1945. They returned to Parker Heights and began working on the family fruit ranch where they built their home. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2015.
Marjorie was a member of the Donald Districts Women’s Club, the Parker Heights Junior Women’s Club, the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, and McAllister Museum of Aviation. In 1987, accompanied by her daughter, she realized a longtime dream of visiting Norway to find the home of her Norwegian grandfather, John C. Nelson, who was an early Wapato pioneer orchardist.
Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Thomas) Bailey of The Dalles, Ore.; her son Douglas (Karen) Babcock of Kalispell, Mont.; sister-in-law, Phyllis (Babcock) Tufts of Sawyer; nephews, Craig, Rod (Jenifer), and Tyler (Jill) Schultz, and Greg (Judy) Babcock; nieces, Diane Tufts, Charlene (Greg) Scott, and Barbara (Ed) Buschini; as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles; her parents, Ray and Erma Nelson; her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Robert Schultz; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Kay Babcock; and her baby sister, Evelyn Fern Nelson.
At Marjorie’s request no services will be held.
If desired, memorials may be made to Cottage in the Meadow, Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity, Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, the McAllister Museum of Aviation (Glider Account), or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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