Marjorie Ann Sorensen Green

June 28, 1925-August 3, 2019

About the Service

A memorial is scheduled at Grace Lutheran Church 617 W. Orangeburg Modesto, CA August 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

Marjorie ‘Marge’ Ann Sorensen Green of Modesto, CA beloved Mother, Grandmother and friend, passed away at the age of 94 on August 3, 2019. Marge was born June 28, 1925 in Modesto, CA to Walter Maurce Sorensen and Marguerite Mildred Benson Sorensen of Patterson, CA.

Marge grew up on her parents’ walnut and chicken ranch in Patterson. She enjoyed playing the piano, swimming in the Patterson HS pool, riding her bicycle and making lifelong friends. Marge graduated from Patterson HS in 1943 and kept in touch with many of her girlfriends. When they were in their 80’s they called themselves the 80’s Ladies.

Marge worked at Patterson Frozen Foods and Guayule Farm in Vernalis. During WWII she instructed others about gas masks at Camp Parks in Dublin.  She joined the USO and became friends with Gene Green who arranged a blind date between her brother Don and Marge. When Don was discharged from the US Coast Guard he and Marge dated for 8 months before getting married November 9, 1946.

Marge also worked at the Army Depot in Stockton, Bank of America Modesto, and at JS West on 9th Street for her Uncle Harvey Benson. In 1947 Don and Marge started Riverside Cabinet Shop where she would finish sand cabinets and hinge doors.

Marge and Don raised three children, Nancy Diane, Roger Donald and Douglas David.

In 1967 at age 42 Marge was diagnosed with a slow progressive type of Multiple Sclerosis. She tried many types of treatments and became interested in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and their research on treatments and finding a cure.

Marge and Don enjoyed traveling and camping in their travel trailer. They traveled the lower 48 states and Canada. They often traveled with her brothers and sisters-in law Stuart & Betty and Richard & Marylyn, and his sister Gene and her husband Andy. Their favorite place was Sea Cliff State Park in Aptos. Marge and Don painted many oil paintings, and she enjoyed sewing and doing crafts with their daughter Nancy Diane.

In 2011 Marge and Don moved into Dale Commons Senior Living. After Don passed away in 2015 Marge remained there until 2017 when she moved to Valley Comfort.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Marguerite, her husband of 68 years Don, their dear daughter Nancy Diane, and Marge’s brothers Stewart and Richard and several cousins.

Marge is survived by her sons Roger (Nancy) Green of Modesto, Douglas (Dee) Green of Vacaville,  son-in-law Melvin (Barbara) Bradley of Oakdale, three grandchildren, Cheryle (Raquel)Bradley, Ryan (Kristin) Green, Jason Green and one great-grandson, Tanner Bradley.

A memorial is scheduled at Grace Lutheran Church 617 W. Orangeburg Modesto, CA on August 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM.  Burial will be at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella.

Donations may be made in her memory at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/MarjorieMargeAnnSorensenGreen

Thank you Chris and Nick and your staff at Valley Comfort, and the staff at Dale Commons, for your tireless care of Marge and Don.

Thank you Community Hospice for your loving care.


Remembrances

  1. Margie was my mother’s first and lifelong friend. The Smiths and Sorensons were neighbors and shared many experiences together. Their Fathers Frank and Walter worked together and during prohibition made beer in the bathtub. Their mothers Marguerite and Lilly cooked, canned and sewed together and attended Home Department and the Federated Church. They all went on outings down to the river and up to Del Puerto Canyon and even to Santa Cruz where they camped at Sea Cliff. The five children: Margie, Josie, Betty, Stuart and Rich called themselves the Sorensmiths. They looked sort of like “Our Gang” in photos. My mother and Margie also had “sewing and canning days” which were play days for Nancy, Rhonda and I. In their 70s and 80s they were neighbors in Modesto again and enjoyed regular visits where sometimes Don was the cook. We all admired Marge and Don’s relationship and partnership. Despite health issues Marge maintained a solid and friendly disposition. I always enjoyed spending time with her. She and Don left a wonderful legacy of caring and dedication to their family which I see is carried on by their children and grand children. Condolences to Roger and Doug and other family members.

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