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Obituary: Marjorie Helen Atterholt

June 6, 1924 - May 18, 2014

Marjorie (Moffett) Atterholt, 89, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 18, 2014, in Santa Ana, Calif.

Marjorie Helen Moffett was born June 6, 1924, in Kenmore (now Akron), Ohio, to Joshua Francisco Moffett and Helen Mary Carle Moffett. She was the fifth of seven children. A book she read in sixth grade, "Nurses on Horseback," about nurses in Appalachia, helped set her on her career path: After graduating high school in 1942, Marjorie entered the training program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, to obtain a nursing degree, which she completed in the summer of 1946. That same year, Marjorie met William "Bill" Atterholt on a blind date arranged by her youngest sister, Delly. The couple was married Oct. 11, 1946, in Tampa, Fla.

In the summer of 1960, Marjorie and Bill and their three young children moved west after Bill landed a job with the National Park Service at the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. They lived briefly in Tucson, Ariz., where their fourth child was born, and in Big Bend National Park, Texas, before moving to Page, Ariz., in 1965.

For the next 43 years, Marjorie lived in Arizona, where she worked as a school nurse, first in Page and then Phoenix. After Bill's death in 1991, she moved from Wickenburg, where she and Bill had retired, to Prescott, Ariz. There she enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up, taking care of her home, and volunteering at the Prescott United Methodist Church. She spent the last years of her life in Santa Ana, Calif., where she lived in a care facility close to one of her sons.

Marjorie is survived by sons Joe of Santa Ana, and John of Prescott; daughters Janet of Minneapolis, Minn., and Judy of Mountain View, Calif.; a sister, Delphine Kinney of Ohio; and seven grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery.

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