Marjorie Faye Gentry, a longtime resident of Safford, quietly passed away on May 12, 2020, at the age of 88. She was born on April 4, 1932, in Pampa, Texas to parents Foree G. and Vali Mae Butter Follis. Six years later, her only sibling, Sandy, was born.
Marjorie graduated in Plainview, Texas in 1949, and in 1950, she met Robert Gentry on a blind date and married him three months later. In 1956, the family came to the Gila Valley, settling down in Safford with their children, James and Cindy. In 1967, two very important events happened to change their lives forever, the birth of their third child, Kasandra, and the birth of the Eastern Arizona Courier that is still in production today. In 1984, Robert, her longtime partner, passed away from cancer.
After the Courier was sold, Marjorie got her Nail Tech license and stared the business “Our House” with her daughter, Cindy. Once she retired from working, she loved to play cards and games with her friends. Marjorie loved to play Bingo and dabbled in stain glass work for a while. Her family and friends were a big part of her life. If you needed her, she was always there for you. She had a smile for everyone and truly loved the Lord.
Marjorie is survived by her son, James (Mary) Gentry; her daughter, Cindy Gentry, and her daughter Kassandra (Rusty) Wilson. She is also survived by her sister, Sandy (Neal) Merriott; six grandchildren, Bobbi, Jaimi, Ashley, Jordan, Colby, and Garret, and five great-grandchildren, Xander, Hayden, Willa Faye, Libby, and Jaxon.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and her parents, Foree G. and Vali Mae Follis.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.