Marjorie Brown Schumacher



"There is sound of music, wind music in the trees,

but I have need of seas, of surf that spills its spray on pounded sand."



~M.J. Adams



Marjorie Brown Schumacher, 89, passed away at home on Friday, July 16, 2010, in Ashland, Ore.



Marjorie was born on March 12, 1921, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Harry Daniel Brown and Fannie (Beeler) Brown. She grew up in the Main Line suburbs, and her love of the ocean started from spending every summer at the Jersey shore.



After graduating from Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, Marjorie became an ASCP registered medical technologist.. She worked at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia where she met her future husband, Dr. Forrest Veil Schumacher, of Pittsburg, Pa. They were married on June 22, 1946.



The two lived briefly in Fayetteville, N.C., where Forrest was stationed in the army, and where they had their only child, Christine. They then moved to the Washington, D.C. suburbs and lived in Bethesda, Md., for many years. In 1965, Marjorie and Forrest moved to their dream house on the water outside of Annapolis, Md. Following her husband's death, she moved to Ashland, Ore., to be close to her daughter.



Marjorie loved the water and missed the ocean, but in Ashland she was able to watch her granddaughter, Corey, grow up, which she wouldn't have missed for all the oceans in the world! She was an avid reader and kept a list of the books she had read, which her family fondly called her book book." Gardening was also a great pleasure of hers; she had quite a green thumb. A staunch environmentalist, Marjorie participated in community events during the first Earth Day in 1970, and was a member of many proactive groups. During its existence, Marjorie was a volunteer at the Pacific Museum of Natural History in Ashland.



Survivors include her daughter, Christine Schumacher, of Ashland, Ore.; granddaughter Corey Van Landingham of Lafayette, Ind.; nephews, David Toy, of Annapolis, Md., Alan Toy, of Santa Monica, Calif., Kevin Toy, of Boulder Creek, Calif.; niece, Judy Nimz, of Sarasota, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Walter Toy, of Carmel Valley, Calif. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, and sister, Dorothy Toy.



The family would like to thank all of Marjorie's amazing caregivers, the Ashland Hospice nurses, and Dr. Karin Kuhl, all of whom provided compassionate, professional care during her last years.



Memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy, Ashland Public Library, or Ashland Home Health and Hospice. No services are planned.