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Marjorie Esselen, 92

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Marjorie Boucher Esselen, 92, of Hobe Sound, Fla., formerly of Darien, Conn., died on Aug. 15 in Red Wing, Minn.

Born on Aug. 30, 1920, in Montclair, N.J., Marjorie was the daughter of John Brownrigg Boucher and Ada Sargent Boucher.

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Marge grew up in the Bahamas, graduated from Queens College in Nassau, and worked there until 1941 when she moved to Miami to take a job with Pan American World Airways where she met Gustavus John Esselen III. They were married on June 24, 1944.

A very devoted volunteer, Marge was a firm believer that children should experience the arts. She was a leader in a program to have school classes attend the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - a program that grew to include many of the school districts.

Marge was an avid golfer with 5 holes in 1 and many titles. She and Gus loved to travel, and they had the opportunity to play golf on six different continents.

A loving wife, sister, mom, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Marge especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by Gus, her husband of 63 years, in June, 2007. Her children, Joan Foot (Buck), Jane Blocker (Tim Poole), Jack Esselen (Cathi); eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren survive her.

A private service was held immediately following her death, and a memorial service will be held in the Boston area at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the not-for-profit of your choice.

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