Marjorie Dale Day passed away on Jan. 11, 2014, near Bonners Ferry, Idaho, after an extended illness. Her death was due to a long time fight with cancer.
Marj was born on March 3, 1950, at Smith Center, in Smith County, Kan. She grew up on the family farm in Osborne, Kan., and graduated from the Osborne High School in 1968. She attended Fort Hays University; graduating in 1972 with a BA in physical education. She later received certification in biology and general science from Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kan.
She worked for the Kansas Division of Girl Scouts as a field advisor in Salina, Kan. Her teaching career began in the Nashville-Zenda school system in the Cunningham school district at the junior high school for three years. She came to Burlingame USD 454 as a biology and general science teacher, also teaching high school physical education. She was a coach for volleyball and basketball. Washburn University provided her with a degree in art, which was her main focus until her recent resignation due to her health.
She was a valuable softball player for the summer softball team in Burlingame for many summers.
She was a longtime member of the Federated Church of Burlingame and worked with the Youth for Christ and L Bar C Ranch as a counselor for many years. The stain glass window project that adorned the school building windows during the Christmas season inspired the whole community and any travelers through town for more than 16 years.
Marj’s teaching practices – being able to inspire her students – have become legendary. She will be long remembered for being tough but fair to her students; always pushing them to do their best. Students were her life and being a teacher was not “work” to her. Many will remember having to write and “Opportunity”. Her teaching career spanned 37 1/2 years.
Marj spent her summers in Idaho with Clay and Dot Unruh and extended family. She won many friends there also. Her life was rich with adventures of fishing, huckleberry picking and yard-saling. After her retirement she went back to Idaho until her death.
Her fellow teachers, students and many friends will sorely miss her in Burlingame.
Surviving in Osborne, Kan., are her mother, Adeline Day, her sister Jeanne (Don) Becker and brother Edwin Day.
A memorial service will be held in Burlingame at 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Burlingame High School gymnasium. Services were also held in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, on Jan. 16. Burial was in the Woodland Mennonite Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606-2800. Family and friends are invited to sign Marj’s book at www.bonnersferryfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.