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Greenbrae, California -- Marjorie L. Pirie of Greenbrae, California, passed away Apr11 6, 2002. Family and friends were invited to attend a Memorial on May 11, 2002, at 300 p.m. at the home of Irwin and Eva Diamond in Sleepy Hollow, San Anselmo, California. Interment will be in Clinton-Garfield Cemetery at Rolfe June 17, 2002, at 200 p.m.

Survivors include sisters, Grace Erickson of Nevada, Iowa, Marian and husband, Duane Samuels of Hayward, California.; and a brother, Byron and wife, Marian of Rolfe. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Fay P. and Hannah Pirie; sister, Eleanor, and sister, Lola Buescher. She was dearly loved by nieces and nephews.

Marjorie Pirie, was born May 19, 1920, to Fay D. and Hannah Pirie at Rolfe, Iowa. She graduated from Plover Consolidated High School in Plover in 1937. She attended college at Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa, receiving a diploma in Nursing; University of Minnesota, receiving her bachelors and master degrees in Nursing Education; University of Iowa; University of California, Berkeley, California, attending the School of Education, graduate Division. She was a professional nurse and teacher of nursing. She was in the Army Nurse Corps from 1942 to 1946, serving in England and France. She was practicing as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California (1969-1973). Marjorie held teaching positions at the College of Nursing, State University of Iowa (1949-1952), at Charles T. Miller Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota (1953-1958), the School of Nursing, at the University of California in San Francisco (1959-1969), and in the Nursing Department at the College of Marin, Kentfield (1973 to her retirement in 1985).

As a Professor of Nursing, she enlightened students with her vast knowledge of medical-surgical nursing and in her specialty of neurological nursing. She was an inspiring and creative teacher, much admired by both students and colleagues for her eloquence and keen sense of humor.

After retirement, Marjorie was active in both the Water Color society and the Marin Society of Artists, serving as treasurer of the Water Color Society and receiving and hanging art for shows. She had a talent for being able to draw what she saw in nature; most notable was her ability to see things in nature and represent them in her art. Her talents were multifaceted. Artistically, she worked in the media of oil, acrylic, watercolor, lithography, and monotype, and was known for her black and white drawings. Additionally, she was accomplished in sewing and needlepoint.