August 3, 1924 – November 16, 2021
On this day, November 16, 2021, Marjorie Naab Bolen died as she lived, with humility, joyfulness and gratitude. These qualities are indeed, hallmarks of her life of 97 years.
Born to Henry and Norma Naab, raised in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta, GA, Marjorie was always a leader: President of the Student Body at Girls High, recipient of the Atlanta Journal Cup, President of the Student Body at Agnes Scott College where she graduated and earned a degree in Science. This led to her first employment as a research assistant at the original Georgia Tech Research Station. She and her high school sweetheart, Stuart W. Bolen were married in ’46, raising four children and celebrating 67 years of marriage.
Marjorie was called by a former Agnes Scott professor to do supply teaching at her alma mater, Brown High School in the early 50’s, beginning a 30-year career teaching science and physics and lighting fires under countless numbers of students. Over the years, she was named department head, STAR teacher, and served as the first public school educator to serve on the board of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. Like all gifted teachers, her real talent was inspiring her students to be the best at whatever they found they loved. She wrote scores of letters of recommendation for her students to gain scholarships, admission to college and summer internships away from Atlanta.
She did not limit her energy to the classroom however, always teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, chairing various committees, supporting local and district United Methodist Women programs through her beloved Park Street United Methodist Church, then later Cliftondale and North Springs UMC.
Marjorie enjoyed her retirement, but never stopped giving and teaching. She volunteered at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for many years, receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of service. From her own garden she began her soup can ministry, delivering Campbell Soup cans filled with her flowers accompanied by the lettuce, tomatoes, or squash from her backyard efforts. There were countless pound cakes, banana bread loaves and coconut pies too.
Her children report that their mother rarely quoted scripture, except for almost daily exclaiming: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us be rejoice and be glad in it!” She didn’t need to quote scripture, as her entire life exemplified one Bible story after another. Whether it was the Good Samaritan or the boy with the loaves and fishes, their mother was the Gospel personified. This is the ultimate way to demonstrate one’s faith: through actions, not mere words.
Marjorie is survived by hundreds of former students and friends, all of whom live lives of greater commitment to loving and learning because of this giving friend and teacher. She is predeceased by her husband Stuart and an infant son, Gary Woodward Bolen. She is survived by her sister Dorothy Dean; children Susan Sappington Ward (Pete), Janet Joiner, Pat Abrams (Warren) and Mark Bolen, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren along with a niece, nephew and their children.
A service of celebration will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, 11:30am at North Springs UMC in Sandy Springs, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Marjorie Bolen may be made to Camp Glisson, a United Methodist camp and retreat center where hearts have been warmed for decades: Camp Glisson, 690 Camp Glisson Rd., Dahlonega, GA30533.
- She is survived by her sister Dorothy Dean; children Susan Sappington Ward (Pete), Janet Joiner, Pat Abrams (Warren) and Mark Bolen, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren along with a niece, nephew and their children.
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Susan Osborne Weegar
November 24, 2021
I am so sorry to hear that my favorite science teacher of all time has passed away. She and my mom, Kathleen A. Osborne went to Girl’s High School in Atlanta and I’m fairly sure my mom ran for class President but Mrs. Marjorie won. Sadly I lost my mom exactly 30 years ago so I speak from experience about how difficult it is to lose one’s mother. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Pat, who went to elementary school with me and all of the other Bolen children as well as Ms. Dorothy Dean who I didn’t realize was Mrs. Marjorie’s sister. I’m praying for all of you and also all of Mrs. Marjorie’s former students. I’m sure their lives were as enriched by having this wonderful teacher as mine has been. God bless each and every one of you.
KEN & ELEANOR HYDE
November 22, 2021
A beautiful life well lived. It shows in the lives she touched throughout her life. This is especially true of our friend Susan Sappington Ward.
Our most heart felt sympathy,
Ken and Eleanor
November 20, 2021
I have known Margie for my whole life (I'm 80!). How could I possibly relate all she has meant to me? There are too many memories, too many thanks for thoughtful things she has done for me over the decades, too many years of knowing this remarkable lady. Lives like hers do more than produce a ripple effect; they cause a tsunami! Rest well, my dear.
November 20, 2021
Mrs. Bolen was a great teacher and friend. She was there for me when I was making my decision for life after BHS. I still have a Ga Tech poster she gave me with a wonderful note of encouragement. After I met my wife I made a point to take her by her house and introduce her to a very special person in my life.
November 19, 2021
My heart goes out to all her family,friends, associates, students, etc at this time along with prayers. When looking back on our lives there are a certain few special people who leave a lifelong impact on you despite going your separate ways later on, losing contact with, etc. and that was her for me. Pretty sure her subject matter, Science, has many roads for you to go down asking plenty of questions along the way. She encouraged you to "Ask Why" of this and that, is there an explanation for it and if so explain. Like the child asking why the sun comes up, goes down, moon up, moon down, wind, rain, hot, cold, etc. Oh we / I had questions and she never ever said: "Not sure how to respond to that question, let me look into it and get you an answer .. she knew!!! Complicated subject matter in some cases, that she was able to slide into our brains easily.
Always seemed to be on an even keel, never raised her voice, seemed upset, a look of disappointment, etc. The one and ONLY class I always looked forward to in my time at Brown High, 66-71. She was so smart, so brilliant, so intelligent, and able to adjust to get the subject across for our tender brains to soak up the brand new knowledge being inserted. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with her, had her for my teacher, Now it's her turn to ask God questions that just may have baffled her during her time with us. She may have one or two ... tops! Until we meet again, God's Speed, RIP. Dan Pendley, Brown High 1966-71. email@example.com
November 19, 2021
A consumate teacher
in a class room and In Life