Marjorie Loveland Becker Doty was born in Benkelman, Neb., on June 4, 1925, and went to be with her Lord on Nov. 12, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Emma Loveland, all seven of her sisters and brothers: Dessa Allison, Virginia Williamson, Morris Grimm, Norma Sturtevant, Hazel Lane, Charles Loveland and Merle Loveland. In addition, she outlived two husbands, George Franklin Becker and Harold Franklin Doty.
Margie grew up on a ranch near the tiny town of Parks in southwestern Nebraska, which even today has no paved roads. One of her early memories was walking across the dry prairie on stilts to avoid rattlesnakes, her blue eyes on full alert for danger! The "restroom" was a cold walk away from the house in the winter and a hot one in the summertime. Margie was one of 13 to graduate from Parks Consolidated High School in 1942, and she was eager to spread her young wings. "Quietness and dignity make her a prim little miss" is how she was described in her senior high school annual.Quietness and dignity were traits she carried throughout life.
She left for Denver shortly after turning 17 and some months later met George Becker, the love of her life, at a downtown YMCA dance. They were married in 1943 and remained in love until George's unexpected death in 1956.
George had been an up-and-coming man of business. Margie was unemployed and left with two young daughters, ages 5 and 8, but she wasted no time feeling sorry for herself. Off she went to Opportunity School to learn typing and stenography, and she was never again unemployed until she retired in 1990. She was a much-valued staff assistant at several downtown Denver firms.
Margie's first priority was always her daughters, who never suffered for anything. She was a skilled seamstress who spent evening hours sewing sequins on dance costumes, designing school clothes and prom dresses, and eventually making a wedding gown for each.
Margie married Harold Doty in 1964, and the two of them moved to Eckert, Colo., following her retirement. After Harold's death in 1994, she moved to nearby Cedaredge and lived there with characteristic independence and grace for the last 27 years of her life. During most of her years in Cedaredge she served as the treasurer and newsletter editor of her Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Margie was universally loved and admired for her strength, humility, sincerity, generosity, intelligence, wisdom, and devotion to her family. After a life well-lived, she will be at rest once again with George in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver. She is survived and will be missed by her two daughters and their husbands, Susan Steiner (Kim) and Patricia Rosendale (Loren), five grandchildren (Leif, Tor and Erik Steiner; Stacie Martin and Michael Rosendale). She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and two stepsons, James and Fred Doty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Cedaredge, 260 NW 2nd Street, or HopeWest, PO Box 24 Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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