Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — LAPEER — Marjorie Stone died April 13, 2013. She was born in Flint, Mich. April 8, 1920. She was 93 years old.
Marge had this mission in life of helping others whether it was her Gray Lady years in Flint, more than five decades as a driving-force behind dozens of charitable organizations in Lapeer, or her retirement activities stretching from the Empire Museum in Northern Michigan to the soup kitchens of Nashville to storytelling with school children in Florida.
Marge and Burdette, her husband of 55 years, enjoyed a regular pilgrimage of friends from as far away as Vietnam and Brazil after they hosted hundreds of students from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University English-Language Institutes during the 60’s in Lapeer.
Marge’s pet squirrel, Bushy, who she nurtured back to life, came alive for hundreds of children thanks to Aunt Marge’s monthly Bushy newsletters and storytelling at elementary schools over more than four decades.
She was a pillar of each United Methodist Church where she belonged heading the United Methodist Women, creating a food and clothing pantry for the underprivileged in Lapeer, and teaching church school and Vacation Bible School classes until she was in her 80’s.
As a former teacher, Marge tutored school children and taught adults to read. Some of these children and adults became her lifelong friends.
Sharing vases of cut flowers and home-baked cookies were part of her life whether it was visiting friends and the sick at local hospitals or in her official capacity as “Welcome Lady” at her Oak Haven retirement village in Howell.
Marge was recognized for her achievements as Lapeer Woman of the Year and Lapeer and Genesee County Hospice Volunteer of the Year.
Marge was married to Lapeer dentist, Burdette Stone, who passed away in 1996. Marge and Burdette were partners for life growing up together in Flint and then dating while she was a student at Eastern Michigan University and Burdette was at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
She is survived by her brother, Richard Dinning of Natick, Mass.; children, Judy (Rev. Jack) Harnish of Birmingham, Mich., Denny (Pam) Stone of Vero Beach, Fla. and Marty (Karen) Stone of Owosso, Mich.; grandchildren, Chris, David (Kerri), Matt, JR, Samantha (Ryan), Cody, Craig and Chris (Amy); great-grandchildren, Ethan, Alice, Trudy, Mackinsey, Makela and Emily. Marge is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Burdette Stone.
Funeral Services have taken place. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Blanc.
Memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1310 N. Main, Lapeer, MI 48446.
Arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors-Clawson. www.lynchfuneraldirectors.com