Margaret Whitcher

Obituary of Margaret Louise Wright Whitcher

Marge Whitcher passed away peacefully on Sunday September 18, 2022 in Oro Valley, Arizona. She was born December 6, 1918 in Santa Rita, New Mexico to parents Margaret S. Wright and Ira L. Wright. She had a charmed and wonderful life growing up in Silver City.  She started her college studies at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, MO. and completed her education at Northwestern University where she was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education class of 1939. While at Northwestern Marge was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority where she met many lifelong friends. To take a break from studies, Marge often visited relatives in Gambier, Ohio and on one such occasion she was introduced to Edward J. Whitcher at a dance at Kenyon College where “Ed” was a student. The two fell in love and were married on October 2, 1941. Theirs was a marriage of 61 years that ended with Ed’s death in 2002.

Marge was a dedicated Wife and stay at home Mom. She loved music and played the piano beautifully. She often sat at her Grand Piano in her living room practicing familiar pieces, learning new ones or simply playing her favorite classical pieces by heart. Her gift of and appreciation for music was lifelong.

Once her children were grown, Marge found a new lifelong passion in the game of Golf. Playing first in the nine hole league and later the eighteen holers. She oftentimes played several days of the week with the ladies and again with Ed and their many golfing friends on the Weekends. Golf was often followed by cocktails (always at 5:17 pm) and many times dinner at a favorite restaurant.  Bridge was also a constant favorite pastime with many of the same friends.

Marge and Ed enjoyed travel and visited many places but her love for the Southwest eventually led them to Tucson, Arizona in 1986 where they found a home that would be their Winter refuge for 16 fun packed years. There, they met many new friends, enjoyed more golf, warm Winter weather, cocktails at 5:17, dinners out and spirited Bridge games. 

Marge was a lifelong Episcopalian and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Overland Park, Kansas and later, St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Marge had a long and happy life and will be remembered for her cheerful disposition and love of her family. She was “Gammy” to her four Grandchildren and “Great Gammy” to eight Great Grandchildren all of whom she adored. She was predeceased by her parents,her husband of 61 years, Edward J. Whitcher, Jr., Daughter Sheridan Ann Wobus, sisters Virginia Varentzoff, and Eleanor Frank. Survivors include sister Edith Faust of El Paso, son Edward W. Whitcher (Lynn) of Tucson, Daughter Margaret “Peggy” Whitcher of Overland Park, KS, Son in law R.A. “Bud” Wobus of Wiliamstown, MA., Grandchildren: Sara Murphy (John), of Bend, OR, Erik Wobus of Williamstown , MA, Cameron Wobus (Nicole) of Boulder, CO, and Emily Adams of Scottsdale AZ. She also leaves six handsome Great Grandsons ; Jackson Murphy, Charlie Murphy, Ethan Wobus, Henry Murphy, Max Adams, Gus Murphy; two beautiful Great Grand-Daughters,  Emma Adams and Elise Wobus as well as numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Private Graveside services planned at Mt. Moriah-Kansas City at a later date. Memorial contributions to honor Marge can be made to the Colorado Outdoor Education Center, 2000 Old Stage Road, Florissant, CO, 80816 or to the Grant County (NM) Community Foundation, 1106 N. Pope St., Silver City, NM 88061 or to a Charity of choice.

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