Obituary: Marjorie Cope

A memorial service will be held at Westfield Friends Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 18th at 3 p.m.

Marjorie Cope (nee Lowry) died peacefully in her home surrounded by family members on Nov. 1 at the age 93 in Moorestown. She was the wife of the late Walter Cope, beloved mother of John, Diana (deceased) Robert and Elizabeth and their spouses Linda, Judy and Tom respectively.

She was the adored grandmother of Joshua, Indira, Juliana, Michael, Tyler, Rachel, Rebecca, Dylan and Hannah and great-grandmother of Zachary, Jacob, Whitney, Richard, Cornelia, Maeve and Áine.

Marjorie, or Mother Marge as she has been known since her first grandchild came along, was born in London in 1924 to parents Alfred and Grace, dedicated members of the Religious Society of Friends. She was the youngest of four siblings all with red hair. Her childhood was spent in England, France and Belgium before the family settled back in the United States in 1931.

Marge graduated from Westtown School in 1942 and married her classmate, Walter, in 1945. Together, they were a loving couple that created a beautiful family and touched countless lives in the community and the world. Their service work with the American Friends Service Committee took them to Zambia where Walt taught people to build homes, and Marge got involved with nutrition education. When they returned to Moorestown in 1971, two young grandchildren were waiting for them.

Marge will be remembered by her large family (and even larger extended family) as a compassionate matriarch. After Walter’s sudden passing in 1992, she remained supportive and spirited. Her dry wit and warm personality could wipe the tears from a child’s face and turn any stranger into a friend. She is an example of why it is important to be our true selves and embrace the simple pleasures in every day. She could entertain a small child through the monotonous parts of life because she never lost touch with her own inner child.

A memorial service will be held at Westfield Friends Meeting located at: 2201 Riverton Road in Cinnaminson on Saturday, Nov. 18th at 3 p.m. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the American Friends Service Committee or Westfield Friends School in lieu of flowers.

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