Marge Larkins was about family and friends and place. She carried with her a gentle strength and sense of purpose that she passed along to all who were dear to her, spending 61 amazing years with her husband, Bill.
Marge was born November 18, 1935 and was raised by her parents, George and Marge Quay, in Moreland Hills with her sister, Pat, and brother, George, surrounded by gardens and horses and adventure. She was a 1953 graduate of Orange High School and taught riding at Red Raider Camp. She graduated as a teacher from Ohio University in 1957 and started her career in the Solon schools. She met Bill; a teacher and administrator at Orange, they married in 1958, and moved immediately into their first Bainbridge home in Kenston Lake. It was a place for family with a big yard, pond with a beach, and a deep pine woods. Nelson arrived in 1961, Marge took a break from teaching, and Stacy joined the family in 1966. It was 1967 when Bill and Marge built a new home in Pilgrim Village, and yes, there was a pond and a beach. They would have it no other way. There she raised her kids, went back to almost two decades of teaching first grade in the Kenston Schools, and juggled everything from garden and gourmet to book and bridge clubs, while organizing dinners and get togethers with other couples (even learning to drink coffee to socially put everyone at ease). And there was always the tough decision whether to swim and sun at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club or Taylor Lake at Pilgrim Village. Any other spare time was centered on attending every single possible kid activity there was from volleyball and cross country to chorus and drama. Home away from home was the family cabin in Sheenboro, Quebec. She first went there with her family in the 1940’s, and she and Bill bought their cabin, "Our Place", in 1974. And, yes, a beach appeared on the Ottawa River.
With retirement in 1989, Marge and Bill were able to spend two months each summer at the cabin, downsize to a Walden condo in Aurora, and also winter on Marco Island in Florida. You guessed it, more water views and sand. Marge was also the travel planner extraordinaire who mapped out adventures with other couples to Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, South America, the Western U.S., Canadian Rockies, and Maine and the Maritimes.
In her later years Marge balanced her gift of independence with the wisdom of a true matriarch acting as a caregiver to Bill after his stroke and passing on her love of life and wisdom to her grandchildren, Lauren, William, Austin and wife, Caleigh, Brandon, and Evan. It was amazing to be around someone who understood that making others happy and comfortable is the key to bringing joy to your own life.
Marge passed away on October 22, 2019 with her family at her side. Her spirit remains. Her husband, William, passed away on September 10, 2019. She is survived by her daughter Stacy and husband, Ted (truly her third child), of Bainbridge, son Nelson and his person, Karin, of Freeport, Maine, five grandchildren, and sister and brother.