The Duncan Banner


December 24, 2013

Marjorie Irene Fairley

March 1, 1912 — Dec. 19, 2013

DUNCAN — Marjorie Irene Fairley, 101, of Duluth, Ga., passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at the Life Care Center in Gwinett, Ga.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Duncan, with the Rev. Arnold Nelson Jr. officiating. Interment is under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.

Marjorie was born March 1, 1912, at Sedan, Kan., to John and Lena Copple. She was an active homemaker until the age of 92 and also was retired from J.C. Penney. She was a member of the Disciples of Christ in Duncan and Cushing, and was very involved in bible studies in Duncan, Yale, OK and Duluth.

She was a member of the Order of  Eastern Star. Although born in Kansas, Marjorie raised her family in Oklahoma and moved to Duluth in 2004, where she lived in the Duluth Retirement Home.

Marjorie is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Kay Nelson of Johns Creek, GA; two sons, Roger Dean Nelson and wife JoAnn of Sand Springs, OK and Gary Ray Nelson and wife Virginia of Culpepper, VA; three grandchildren: Byron David Nelson, Michael Ray Nelson and Leslie Diane Nelson-Barrick; four great-grandchildren: Taylor Ray Nelson, Jamie Kathleen Nelson, Jennifer Rose Nelson-Barrick and Patrick Allan Nelson-Barrick; seven nieces and nephews and a host of other family and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands: Harold M. Nelson and Al V. Fairley; a grandson, Christopher J. Nelson; sisters: Myrna Fairley, Meomia Henderson, Muriel Murrell and Menifee Cullen.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to: The American Heart Association;  P.O. Box 840692; Dallas, Texas 75284-0692 or website:

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