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Oak Lawn Funeral Home

619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, FL

OBITUARY

Marjorie Eulita Harper

September 5, 1941May 11, 2020

Marjorie Eulita Harper, born September 5, 1941, in Little Rock, Arkansas, died May 11, 2019, in Pensacola, Florida, after a short battle with cancer and complications from surgery. Memorial services are pending.

Marjorie’s life can best be summed up as…she was a world traveler! She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, where her father was attending medical school while serving in the U.S. Army. Her family soon moved to Houston, Texas, and then New York City, before travelling to Berlin, Germany. That was during the Berlin airlift, and Marjorie remembered the evacuation drills in case the Soviets attacked. They made it out of there and to Vienna, Austria. Her favorite memory of Austria was when she and her brother tossed notes out of a hotel window…”Help, we’re being held prisoners!” Her parents were not amused. During this time the family travelled throughout Europe.

After Europe came The Presidio at San Francisco. During their three years there her family travelled extensively in the west and Baja, Mexico. When her father was posted to Korea during the Korean Conflict, mom and kids lived in Marin County, across the bay from San Francisco. Her father was soon posted to a military hospital in Japan, and off the family went to join him. They lived in two small communities and two large military bases during this time and, as always, travelled extensively throughout Japan.

After the tour in Japan, her father resigned from the Army and the family moved to Billings, Montana, where her father continued to practice medicine. It was there that she met Charles Austin Martratt. They were married in San Diego, where Charles was serving in the U.S. Navy, and also where son Charles Austin, Jr. was born. Before long they were all in Port Lyautty, Morocco, where her first daughter, Alice Jean, was born. Back to the United States; second daughter Melinda Rae was born at Andrews AFB, Maryland, and the family moved to Pensacola, Florida.

Military families move a lot…from there the family travelled to Hawaii, and then to Guam. Marjorie and Charles divorced and Marjorie retuned to Hawaii, and later returned to Billings, Montana, where she obtained a degree in Nursing. With her children grown, Marjorie moved to Powder Springs, Georgia, where she practiced nursing. She later moved back to Pensacola to be closer to her son and grandchildren, where she lived the last days of her life. She spent much of her time during retirement as an avid scrapbooker and amateur genealogist, and created many family history scrapbooks for family members.

Preceding Marjorie in death are her son Charles Jr, her parents and two sisters. Remaining family members, all of whom she loved very much, are daughters Alice Champagne, Marietta, Georgia and Melinda Maiterth, Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren Charsy Anderson, Robertsdale, Alabama, Austin Martratt, Huntsville, Alabama, Matthew Martratt, Marietta, Georgia, Charleen Martratt, Agana, Guam, Rene Hite, Marietta, Georgia, John Champagne, Nashville, Tennessee, Nicole Maiterth, Madrid, Spain and Alice Maiterth, Chicago, Illinois; great grandchildren Laila Anderson, Robertsdale, Alabama, Malakai Anderson, Robertsdale, Alabama, Lilian Hite, Marietta, Georgia, and James Hite, Marietta, Georgia. Also brothers William Harper, Fort Collins, Colorado, George Harper, Billings, Montana; and sister Janice Patterson, Vancouver, Washington.

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Gwendolyn Allen Wilburn

May 16, 2020

Margie was a great friend and the best next-door neighbor anyone could ask for in Powder Springs, Georgia. We enjoyed everyday activities - working in our yards, painting, and sharing our lives with each other. We loved Margie and she loved us -my husband James and our 3 children. When we moved back to Tennessee and she moved to Florida, Margie would not come out and say goodbye because our friendship was not ending there. Love never ends. We will meet again in our new home in the he sky. We love you Marjorie.

Dory Hortal

May 16, 2020

Bonnie Mccracken

May 15, 2020

A great friend, great roommate. Got through nursing school together. She was an incredibly smart nurse and amazing patient advocate. I will miss my friend
Bonnie

Jack Belford

May 15, 2020

God speed Marjorie ! God bless you all - Melinda ,George , Billy and the rest of your families . She was so nice to my family and my beautiful Judy ! I miss you all !

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