A Memorial service will be held at Christ Church
Unity in Augusta, Ga on December 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held in
Lincoln, at a later date.
Funeral home: Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral
Marjorie (Moriearty) Poffenbarger
passed peacefully on Saturday, November 18, 2017
from Lewy Body Dementia.
Marj was born on January 6, 1936 to James D
Moriearty and Lucille (Carson) Moriearty. She was #8
of 11 children in a very close knit Irish family.
Marj blossomed into the social butterfly of the
bunch. She reigned as Logan County Fair Queen of
1953. After graduating from Lincoln Community High
School, she married her high school sweetheart, H.
Jack Poffenbarger on January 9, 1955 in Lincoln, Il.
Marj was a woman of uncompromising integrity and was
a wonderful role model for her six children: Kathy (Poffenbarger)
Gura, Kevin Poffenbarger, Tim (Liz) Poffenbarger,
Jeff Poffenbarger, Becky Poffenbarger and Jon (Dione)
Poffenbarger, her 18 grandchildren and 9
great-grandchildren. Lovingly named by her grandkids
as Gram, Ginnie and Mimi, Marj appreciated each
child's unique personality, talents, quirks, and
gifts. They could never do any wrong in her eyes.
She never tired of spending time with them,
recognizing their individuality and creating a
special bond with each one.
Marj loved nature and discovered she was a natural
with the camera. She never went anywhere without her
camera in tow. She spent as much time as possible
photographing God's beauty and creatures, be it
bugs, frogs, trees, mushrooms, flowers, birds or
butterflies - they all were subjects in her quest to
capture mother nature at her best. A camera was
always around her neck at every family gathering as
well, capturing candid moments and memories. Marj
also had a passion for gardening and planted flowers
wherever she could. She claimed "Digging in the
dirt, I am close to nature and the spirit above".
Marj was a long-standing member of Christ Church
Unity in Augusta, GA and served on the board of
directors, as a prayer chaplain and taught Sunday
school. She was known as "The Flower Lady" on
Central Avenue in Augusta, GA for many years for her
beautiful plantings at her church.
She lived a life of service and volunteered
everywhere she lived, wherever there was a need or a
cause. Her door was always open to anyone in the
neighborhood and beyond. She was an accomplished
pianist and spent many years while living in Joliet,
IL, accompanying band and choir students for
recitals and contests, for plays & musicals at
Washington Junior High School and at Christian
Science Church. She never said no to anyone that
needed her, no matter the reason, even while running
a household of 8 people.
Her love for the elderly was uppermost in her heart evidenced her
entire life by the many seniors she would meet, gracing the family table for the
holidays or Sunday dinners, playing the piano at senior centers or events,
chaueffering anyone in need of a ride to the store, the doctor, church and
making lifelong friends each time. While living in Augusta, GA, she recognized
the vast talents, knowledge and contributions seniors had to offer and needed to
be recognized. She took her ideas and passion for service to the director of her
local television station in Augusta, GA. and a 30 minute show, "50 Plus" was
born. Marj was the sole host for this creation weekly, focusing on the senior
community, offering information on alternative therapies, health, upcoming
events and interviews with people of interest from all walks of life. Marj was
an excellent writer as well, not only in her letters to family and friends, but
regularly for the Senior News in Augusta, GA. She provided articles on a variety
of subjects, including interviews with many local professionals in the area. Her
show aired for over 10 years until her illness caused her to resign.
Described by all who knew her as a classy, beautiful, intelligent,
lovely,determined, dedicated, talented, caring and wise person, her soul will
live on in the many lives she encountered and will be missed forever.
Preceded in death by her parents and 8 siblings: Patricia, Jim, Sue, Carolyn,
John, Norman, David and Stephanie. She is survived by 2 siblings, Jacqueline (Moriearty)
Simpson and Michael Moriearty of Lincoln, IL., her husband, Jack (Augusta, GA),
her six children, 18 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces
Cremation rites accorded by Holland, Barry & Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln,
A Memorial service will be held at Christ Church Unity in Augusta, GA on
December 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held in Lincoln, IL at a later date.
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