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Marjorie Carmody
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A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson for Marjorie Jane Hood Brown Carmody, 91, of Hughson. She died Nov. 21, 2008 after a short illness.

Salas Brothers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Born July 18, 1917 in Seattle, Wash., to William Chandler Hood and Mary Patterson Hood, Marjorie graduated from Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington in Seattle. She lived with her husband, Eugene Litton Brown and their three children in Seattle & Bellevue, Wash., until 1958. She moved to Modesto in 1958 and taught school for Stanislaus County and the Modesto Public School system for over 20 years. She married Victor Carmody in 1971 and was his constant and loving companion until his death in 2002. They had a great time together traveling and moving between Tucson, the Pacific Northwest and Modesto.

Marjorie was active in the First Methodist Church of Modesto and lived a deep and abiding connection to Spirit. Her religious practice took the form of both regular Christian church attendance and an unrelenting positive outlook and caring for those around her. She always had a smile and a kind word for others. Blessed with a singing voice, Mrs. Carmody played the piano for others. She lived her last two years at Samaritan Village in Hughson where she was appreciated by both residents and staff.

She is survived by her children, Susan Riggs-Meyer of Modesto, Mary Miner Porter of Santa Fe and Tom Brown of Roseville; two sisters, Rho Wilson of Tucson and Marian Moore of Oregon City; four grandchildren, Steven Riggs, Jessica Webb, Ryan Brown and Brandon Brown of California and New Mexico; and three great-grandchildren, Brock Riggs, Christine Riggs and Sadie Webb.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /Nov. 26, 2008