As she said so many times to family and friends over her 88 years on Earth, take note of this and date it: family historian, retired U.S History teacher, and beloved daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and cousin, Marjorie Ann Stoa passed away peacefully, December 1, 2020.
Marjorie was born August 10, 1932 in Fargo, ND to parents Theodore Ellingson Stoa and Marguerite Rose Benning Stoa, and was little sister to Theodore Raymond.
A 1949 North Dakota Girls State attendee, and member of the last graduating class from Fargo’s Sacred Heart Academy in 1950, Marjorie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Dakota State University (NDSU), majoring in Education and minoring in Mathematics. She was a lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity at NDSU and an active alum working at every Fargo Theta Antique Show. She also represented her parents and donated funds to keep active NDSU’s Theodore E. and Marguerite R. Stoa Freshman Annual Scholarship over many generations for deserving students who attained the university’s highest academic average their freshman year.
In 1956, Marjorie began her teaching career in Page, ND teaching social studies, mathematics, and girls’ physical education. She also taught in Mandan, ND, and Oklee, MN before joining the Moorhead, MN High School academic team where she taught social studies, specializing in U.S. History, until she retired in 1995. Marjorie had a witty knack for recognizing patterns in numbers and people, and liked to give her students extra credit in tests for answering questions such as who is buried in Grant’s tomb, and when was the War of 1812 fought. She was an avid golfer, hunter, and bowler. And well into her 30s, she performed energetic and point perfect cartwheels as she tried passionately but in vain to teach her nieces how to do them.
A gifted photographer and 8-millimeter film historian for her family, Aunt Margie leaves a loving legacy of imagery and stories. In addition to snapping and shooting thousands of photos and movies herself, she carefully preserved photographs taken by her ancestors that date back over 170 years. Her tireless efforts have brought meaning, memories, connection, laughter, and love to her family and will do so for generations going forward. Her dedication to, and love for, her nieces and nephews and their families was unwavering and appreciated. She was there quietly to help family members in their time of need, and until dementia robbed her of her memory, Marjorie never forgot a family or friend’s birthday with a card and personal, funny note, scribed in beautiful cursive handwriting.
She is preceded in death by her father, mother, and brother. She is survived by her sister-in-law Phyllis Stoa, her eight nieces and nephews and their spouses—Ted (Sharon), Dan (Sherry), Judi (Kathleen), Connie Grotte (Monty), Larry (Deb), Monica Fritz (Lyle), Angie Lipp (Terry), and Jon (Beth) Stoa, as well as multitudes of grand and great grand nephews and nieces.
You can view the celebration for Marjorie online at the Boulger Funeral Home, Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Central Time.
On behalf of Margie, we the family, thank the wonderful caregivers at The Meadows Nursing Home and Ethos Hospice who courageously and comfortingly helped Marjorie battle two rounds of COVID-19, and to live her life with dignity, humor, and love.
Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online Guestbook: www.Boulgerfuneralhome.com