Marjorie Springer
Marjorie Springer
Marjorie Springer
Marjorie Springer
Marjorie Springer
Marjorie Springer

Obituary of Marjorie Springer

Marjorie “Marge” Springer, a longtime resident of Toledo, Washington, died February 29, 2024, in Olympia, Washington.  She was born June 27, 1932, in Grandview, Washington, to Glenn and Edith “Kate” McCallum and enjoyed a full life of 91 years.  Growing up in Eastern Washington, she graduated from Mabton High School in 1950, attended Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Washington, for one year and then graduated from Dental Nurses Training School in San Francisco, California. Following graduation, she worked in a dental office in Ellensburg until her marriage.  


Marge married her childhood sweetheart, Gary Springer, on June 26,1954.  Their families were close friends and spent years enjoying activities and vacations together throughout their youth. After their wedding, they began their life in Toledo for just one year until Gary became a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, where they were stationed in multiple cities across the country. After the military service, they once again returned to Toledo, which became home for over 60 years. 


The talents Marge embodied allowed her to wear many hats for her family and friends over the decades: chef, baker, florist, gardener, seamstress, upholsterer, creative artist, interior designer, and quilter to name a few.  She shared her gifts often with family and friends.  Community was important to Marge, so she participated in Toledo Lioness Club, Walk and Knock, Cheese Day preparation, creating quilts for donation through the Cowlitz Prairie Crazy Quilters, as well as volunteering at the elementary school.  Other things she loved doing were reading; spending time at Sekiu, Washington, searching for sea glass and watching the eagles; enjoying the Pacific beaches, clam digging and watching sunsets; traveling to national parks; and visiting historical areas along the East Coast. 


Family was always a priority for Marge. The holiday gatherings were filled with food and activities throughout the year.  


The past two years since Gary’s death, Marge lived in Olympia with Patti and Randy.  That recent chapter of her life brought new adventures and activities, different from the quiet life at their Layton Prairie home.  


She is survived by her son, Doug Springer (daughter-in-law, Cindy) residing in Allyn, Washington; daughter, Patti Leeper (son-in-law, Randy) residing in Olympia; four grandchildren, Katie Bettendorf (Casey) in Lacey, Washington, Noah Springer (Kendall) in Lakeland, Florida, Kelsey Leeper Cangir (Berk) in Houston, Texas, and Brock Leeper in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Her three great-grandchildren are Brody and Braylon Springer, and Attie Bettendorf. Her brother, Darrel McCallum (Roberta) lives in Grandview, Washington.


Marge requested there be no public service and donations may be made to the Toledo school libraries, Toledo High School Scholarship Fund, or Assured Hospice.


She and Gary are interred at the Toledo Lone Hill Cemetery.


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