Margorie Beard

ILWACO — Marjorie Ruth Beard, 96, of Ilwaco passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2023, in her home with family by her side.

Marjorie was born to George and Louise Stolt in 1926 in Odebolt, Iowa, where the family had a large dairy farm.

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Patsy Schultis

I met Marjorie at our Bunco group. She was such fun and just nice to be around her. We were blessed to have our Christmas Bunco at her beautiful home. Her home was so decorated with trees and all her villages and ornaments. She had a collection of nativities that she loved talking about. She loved talking about her family and going to Seattle for the Holidays. Rest in peace Marjorie.


I graduated in '93. Mrs. Beard had been my mother's teacher and librarian and was my librarian. She had also given me my first job working in the school and district libraries as an assistant while I was a high school student, helping to shelf books, type up memos, and generally clean up the library after the end of the day.

I hat met her before high school, of course, when our family move back to the Peninsula before my fifth grade year start. My mom spent a lot of time volunteering at the little library in Ilwaco, and perforce us kids were with her. Mrs. Beard helped nourish the seeds of inquisitiveness and a love of reading that were still sprouting in a ten-year-old, poor kid.

Without Mrs. Beard, I might not have ever discovered Narnia or Pern or Oz or so many other worlds that shaped my childhood and influenced my development and understanding of myself. As an author now, I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Mrs. Beard.

She was truly one of the very best people to have ever walked this green earth.

Jane Dykes

What a great tribute to her!^ While I never met her, I wished I had.

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