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for Oct. 24, 2012

Laura Marjorie “Marj” Plahn

July 30, 1929 — Oct. 14 2012

Marj Plahn died in her sleep Sunday morning, Oct. 14, of natural causes. She was 83.

A memorial service to celebrate and honor her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Sandy Church of the Nazarene, 34717 Jarl Road in Boring.

Marjorie was born in Goshen, Ore., to George Robert and Laura Martha Chapmen, who was known to loved ones as "Gammy." Marj was raised in the north fork of the Siuslaw on her family's farm in Florence.

Some of her best childhood stories included playing with her cousins in the Sea Lion Caves, going to the beach at Florence and playing or fishing in the meadows and creeks that flowed throughout the farm.

Marj lived much of her life working and playing in Florence, Scappoose, Deer Island, Milwaukee and finally in Eagle Creek.

She enjoyed fishing, camping and crocheting. She described her favorite memories through the eyes of a child fishing on Condon Creek with a willow stick. These fishing stories were full of time spent with her beloved grandmother and grandfather Houghton.

For her efforts and support of the Head Start program, she was awarded a Governor's Medal by Gov. Tom McCall.

In addition, she was recognized for her help to keep Highway 30 at two lanes going through Scappoose, keeping it, for some time, as a small town with small town values. She saw it as a great place to raise a family.

She is survived by her four children, Stan Tolman, Laura Tolman-Roberts, Sue Ingram-Harris and Charlie Ingram; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild is on the way.

She was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene and served on several committees.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to a woman's shelter of your choice or sent to Church of the Nazarene in Sandy.