Marjorie's Story

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Marjorie Jo Wofford was born on Dec. 2, 1920 to Frank and Elizabeth (Sonnamaker) Wofford in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. At an early age the family moved to a ranch west of Camargo near Ioland. Marjorie began school at Ioland, and the family later moved near Camargo where she graduated in 1939. While Marjorie was in high school she was a starting member of the basketball team for 4 years. She was named to the All-County Tournament team for 3 years. Marjorie was also active in the 4-H Club and the Glee Club. While she was in school, Marjorie attended the Camargo Methodist Church with her sister Billie Marie. On May 25, 1939, Marjorie married Harry Peters and they established their home at Bloomfield where they began farming. Six children were born and raised on the family farm. One day, when Harry came in for dinner, he said that they were going to start going to Sunday school and Church. They began attending the First Christian Church in Camargo and were active members. All of their children attended and were baptized in the Christian Church in Camargo. Harry served on the Church Board for many years and Margie taught the high school Sunday school class for many years. Marjorie was a member of the CWF club where she served as president many times. Several years ago, Harry and Marge started a Christmas Caroling group at the church, this became a tradition and even when Margie believed she was too old to go caroling, she stayed at the church and prepared sloppy joes, hot chocolate, and her famous wassail. When the kids got old enough, they started showing pigs and calves in 4-H. Marge and Harry were always interested in the extension service and served as 4-H club leaders in Camargo for many years. Harry would take the older boys to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa fairs and Marjorie would stay home with the younger children and take care of the farm. All of the children were interested in 4-H work and the boys were especially active in livestock judging, competing in contests in Kansas City and Chicago. Margie and Harry traveled many miles following their children as they participated in sports. At the home games, they were usually found in the concession stand selling sloppy joes and other goodies. Marjorie served several years as a member of the Dewey County Fair Board. With the backing of the Oklahoma Farmers Union, Marjorie played a big part in getting the donation of $10 for each Spring Livestock Show exhibitor. For several years, twice a year, Margie prepared suppers for the fair board members as they got things ready. Harry and Marge were honored by the Vici Livestock Boosters for their help with that program, they were also honored by the Dewey County 4-H and were named honorary members of the State 4-H Club. In 2004, Marjorie was inducted into the Dewey County Historical Society Hall of Fame. Marjorie was a “Grandma” to all the children at church; everyone knew she had lemon drops and peppermints. Marjorie always tried to help others when there was a need, whether it was fixing food for funeral dinners or giving bridal and baby showers. Marjorie helped with showers for the second and third generations. Marjorie made the punch for all those showers and had a punch recipe for just about every color of the rainbow. Marjorie continued to keep the family ranch running after Harry’s death in 2000. In 2008 the ranch was recognized as an Oklahoma Centennial Ranch. This was an achievement of which she was very proud. Marjorie always loved to help on the ranch, whether it was working cattle, sowing and harvesting wheat, fixing fence or hauling hay. Together Marge and Harry worked hard to build their home to be a place all the kids and grandkids love to call home. Marjorie wrote the “Bloomfield News” for the Vici Paper for many years. She enjoyed visiting with her neighbors on Sunday evenings to get their news for the week. Although over the last several years her declining health prevented Marjorie from attending Church and other community functions, she was able and more than willing to “instruct” others on how to take her place. Whether it was making punch for showers, preparing food for dinner, feeding cattle, hauling hay, or making coffee at Church, Marjorie always had an opinion on how it should have been done. Marjorie has been a loved and respected lady in our community for many years. Whenever there was a need, she did her best to help. She has touched the lives of many and will always be remembered for her smile, her generosity, and her kindness. Marjorie is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elizabeth Wofford; her beloved husband of 61 years, Harry; her sons, Larry and Herman; one grandson, Ricky; her brothers and sisters, John, Keith, Clyde, Carl, Alford, Ruth, Billie Marie, Dorothy, and Evelyn. She is survived by her children, Fred and Donna Peters, Robert and Donna Peters, Carolyn and Danny Cole, and Pessie and Jim Cole, seventeen grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. A special thanks to her caregivers Arlinda Lynes, Katrina Bryant, Sherry Coleman, and Lindsey Borden. Mom has taught us all how to cook and raise a family. From her we have learned how to be a good hostess: extra bacon and toast should always be waiting on the table for the unexpected morning guest; lunch is not complete until you have had your dessert and coffee; extra candy should always be around for the kids. Her nightly phone calls with Florence reminded us how important friendships are and most of all she has taught us how to love. The love she and Granddad shared is an inspiration to us all in our own marriages and the love she has shown us all has taught us how to be and to raise a close and loving family.
Published on  November 4, 2014
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