Marjory Ann Levens, 86, of Prineville passed away on August 26, 2020. *THE SERVICE AND RECEPTION FOR MARJORY LEVENS HAS BEEN CANCELED, IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE*. To light a candle for Marge or to leave an online condolence for the family, please go to: www.whisperingpinesfuneralhome.com
Marge and her twin sister, Maxine, were born on March 11, 1934 to Ernest (Nick) and Margaret (Hall) Nicholas in Prineville, Oregon. Maxine was born first – a whole 13 minutes earlier – so Marge always kidded Maxine about being the older one. The family lived in Post, Oregon during much of her childhood, while Marge’s father worked for the Oregon State Highway Department. She attended school at the Bailey School in Post and later the family moved to Prineville where her brother, Richard was born. As a child, Marge enjoyed ice skating and roller skating and her mother taught her to sew and to appreciate music.
Marge married William Levens in 1955. They were married 49 years and together raised four children: Anne, Debra and James as well as Loreta Waggoner, their “adopted daughter” who also lived with the family during high school.
Marge worked for the City of Prineville for 40+ years as the Assistant City Recorder, and was often praised for her hard work, dedication and honesty. Upon her retirement, she and Bill began traveling around the United States visiting family and friends as well as becoming “snowbirds” every winter, heading to Arizona in their RV. They spent time as park hosts for several months during the year at Shore Acres in Southern Oregon where Marge ran the gift shop. Marge also volunteered at Yellowstone National Park with her lifelong best friend, Shirley Watson, for three months, living in the dorm and working in the kitchen, meeting and enjoying other volunteers from all over the world.
Marge also enjoyed various events in the community. She and her friend Mickey Gray were regular attendees at the Picnic in the Park concerts and the numerous book readings, historical programs and community meetings.
She was one of the very early members of the Prineville Soroptimist group and helped establish the Neat Repeat and the Senior Center. She volunteered at the Senior Center weekly and spent many hours involved in Soroptimist activities and held various offices in the group. Marge was a member of the Prineville Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon for several years.
Marge enjoyed sewing and quilting. She made nighties, dresses and coats for many Barbie dolls; sewed dresses and various costumes for her children and grandchildren; made beautiful quilts. Marge also always loved to dance. She grew up dancing with her sister while her mother played the piano and later began square dancing with Bill. Together they visited other square dance clubs both in Oregon and outside the state and promoted local clubs by dancing in many parades and events. Upon being diagnosed with cancer, she said, “I guess my next dance will be dancing up to Heaven to meet my Lord”.
Marge was preceded in death by parents, husband, brother, one grandchild and one great grandchild.
Marge is survived by her sister, Maxine (Tom) Tangney; her children: Anne (David) Martin of Hood River, Debra (Grant) Patterson of Prineville, James Levens of Cebu City, The Philippines and Loreta Waggoner of Colorado; four grandchildren: Eric Levens, Jessica Patterson, Shalen Williams, Chanel Cervantes; four great grandchildren; and three nephews and one niece.
Memorial contributions may be made in Marge’s name to Prineville Senior Center through Whispering Pines Funeral Home – 3168 NE 3rd Street – Prineville, Oregon 97754. 541-416-9733
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