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Marjorie Brodrick Rex died May 1, 2017. Marjorie was born March 3, 1935 in Elmira, New York to Merrill and Renabel Smith Brodrick. Following the death of her mother in January 1938, she and her brother Bob, were raised by their maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Myrna Smith. Following her grandmother's death when she was 15, she, her brother and her grandfather maintained the family home. Marjorie graduated as valedictorian of her Mansfield, Pennsylvania High School class. In 1958, she graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College with a B.S. in Music Education (Summa Cum Laude). Further education included an M.A. Degree in 1967 from Sam Houston State University.
Marjorie married Harley E. Rex in 1955 and they moved to Washington, D.C. where Harley was saxophone soloist with the U.S. Army Band for 8 years. Their three children were born in Walter Reed Hospital and Marjorie started her professional organ playing at Falls, Church, Virginia.
In 1962 they moved to Huntsville, Texas where Harley taught music at Sam Houston State University. Marjorie taught piano lessons, and played organ at First United Methodist Church for 20 years. She worked in real estate for 18 years. Local leadership positions held include: SHSU Women's Book Club since 1962 (president since 1970), PTA (president and District member), Huntsville Study Club (president), Huntsville Memorial Hospital Board - 30 years, Huntsville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (president), Huntsville City Library Advisory Board (president), United Way (president), Kiwanis Club (first female member and president), Huntsville Board of Realtors (president), Huntsville City Council - 8 years, Wynne Home Board - 6 years, Habitat for Humanity Board.
Marjorie is survived by her husband of 61 years, Harley E. Rex and children; son and daughter-in-law, Donald G. Rex and Ruth Munoz of Houston; son and daughter-in-law David L. and Denise Faulkner Rex of Huntsville; daughter and son-in-law Cynthia M. and Charles Carlow of Huntsville. She also leaves behind four grandchildren; Jaclyn Ladewski, Travis, Natalie and Harley Rex III of Huntsville. She has one great-granddaughter, Olivia Aiden Rex of Houston. A brother; Robert M. Brodrick of Mansfield, Pennsylvania; half-brother, James R. Brodrick and wife Cheryl of Germantown, Maryland, and a half sister; Kathryn G. Brodrick of Mansfield, Pennsylvania are survivors. Two nephews, John Brodrick and wife Sandra of Elk Ridge, Maryland and Thomas Brodrick and wife Christina of Gaithersburg, Maryland also survive.
A memorial service will celebrate Marjorie's life at the First United Methodist Church where she served as trustee for many years. The service will be on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:30AM. Serving as honorary attendants are all SHSU Women's Book Club members along with all local Kiwanians. The family request that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1016 Sam Houston Avenue, Huntsville, Texas 77320, or the Harley and Marjorie Rex Endowed Scholorship at SHSU, PO Box 2537, Huntsville, Texas 77341.
Published on May 3, 2017
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