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Marjorie's Life

Marjorie Ruth Blumberg was born 3 Feb 1925 in Chattanooga, TN. Right off the bat, you may note, she was eager to perform. She was the daughter of Leah and Louis Blumberg and the sister of two-year older Herbert. The family lived, for a time on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, the scene of fierce fighting during the War Between The States.

It was all very natural and understandable...Marjorie Ruth simply couldn't stand still whenever music was playing. Here she is at the age of two, mandolin in hand and already doing the high kick, at three ready for recital to "Tip Toe Through The Tulips", and then, at the age of five, dressed for her "Russian Dance".

Within a short time, the family had moved back to Chattanooga, then to Nashville and, later, to Roanoke, VA. It was in Roanoke that Marjorie Ruth grew through her teen years into a beautiful young lady, and graduated high school. She was active in the Young Judeans and had a very active social life, including weekend parties at Washington & Lee and VPI.

And...as you will note, Marjorie had more on her mind than boys and dates. She won honors for her essays (see inset from the Roanoke Times) and is listed in the "American Jewish Yearbook, 1940-1941" And, as president of the Roanoke Young Judeans, she won a trip to the Young Judean Camp in Port Jervis, NY

From her earliest years, Marjorie Ruth had shown a talent and love of art; her portfolio yet contains some of her early sketches and drawings to enjoy. She wanted to study art at a top school and that school, as it happens, was in Richmond VA and known by the appellation, "Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary" [RPI]. Marjorie Ruth entered college Sept 1942 and proceeded to have the time of her life…as well as to learn the techniques and processes of creating fine art.

...But...it was not all about art !

At RPI, Marj met and roomed with Joan Shapiro (nee Harrison) who became her best friend and, later, maid of honor at her wedding: It was a most joyous time…dates, parties, wild dances (including a solo bacchanal to the "Bolero"). Being away from home for her first time, and "cutting loose", Marjorie Ruth decided she wanted to be known as "Marj" or "Marjorie", not "Ruth" as her family and friends had known her till college.

And it was there, a few months before her graduation that God took Ellis by the hand on a train ride from Hampton to Richmond for an afternoon tea party where his love would be among the group. And it was God's hand (helped by Joan) that told Marjorie to accept a date for the party because, at least, it meant a Sunday supper out. Well, as is often said, "the rest is history". Ellis was blown away when he saw that beautiful poised young lady in the checkered suit with a tam perched prettily atop her darling head. Early in March, on the third date, Ellis asked Marjorie to be his wife. But she did not acquiesce until weeks later. At her June graduation, with her parents and dear Aunt Rosetta present, Marjorie became engaged to Ellis…Glory Be !!!

Joan with sister, Judy, and mother at graduation from RPI, College of William & Mary, Richmond, VA Marjorie, my beauty at the time of her graduation
Marj is a lover of nature. She's hiked the High Sierra, the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains, the high Swiss villages and the Cotswolds. We spent a week, just the two of us, in a "narrow" boat on the Oxford Canal. Here's Marjorie navigating our vessel through one of the many locks she had to traverse. ...and she has never stopped dancing, as here with brother Herbert at her grandson Byron's wedding.
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Marj with her "Investorette" Stock Club ladies. They're much more of a social fun club than an honest-to-goodness financial group. She also enjoys her "First Friday" group and her book club. She has sold her art in several galleries in the San Fernando Valley and is shown here with her self-portrait as exhibited in the Feingold Gallery. You may see her art at http://www.marjsart.elliskatz.net/ .... and her several poems by clicking on the tab at top
And, finally, here she is...my "Girly-Girl" doing her famous high kick

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