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In Memory of
Marjorie A. Day
March 13, 1923 - July 9, 2020

Service:
Private family service

Interment:
Union Cemetery

Marjorie Ann Ditrick Anderson Day: March 13, 1923-July 9, 2020

Marjorie Ann Ditrick Anderson Day, "Margie," born-again believer in Jesus Christ, was born in the south end of Columbus in the German Village area on March 13, 1923, to Noah Warren Ditrick and Augusta Ditrick. She attended Heyl Ave. Elementary School, Barrett Junior High School, and graduated from South High School. Margie met her first love, Dick Anderson, at the former Smith's Roller Skating Rink in the north end of Columbus when they were in high school-he at Columbus North. Margie loved to skate and she and Dick were talented skaters, enjoying the circle waltz and other specials at Smith's, once even winning a medal. They made many life-long friends at the rink, including some who were Dick's classmates at North. In her later years, Margie was president of The Smith's Skating Rink Club that reunited some of these old friends. She skated for the last time on her 80th birthday party at the Sunbury rink.

Margie's first job was at F. & R. Lazarus at Town and High Streets. Dick enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and Margie and Dick were married on his first furlough. While Dick was away for two years, Margie worked for the State of Ohio. When he returned from the Pacific Theater, Margie soon became a mother to Sharon, then Danny, and was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. Following Dick's untimely passing at age 42 in 1964, Margie went back to work for the State. A few years later, a co-worker at the State Office Building introduced her to Steve Day, her second husband. They moved to Toledo (Sylvania) for two years during which Margie worked at the University of Toledo in the Psychology Dept. When they returned to Central Ohio to live in Westerville, Margie worked at Otterbein College in the Registrar's Office for seven years, and retired from J. C. Penney Insurance Company.

Margie and Dick's many life-long friends included those at the Alpha Athletic Club where Dick was one of its founding members. Dick was an avid sportsman and many family activities revolved around these sports, particularly softball. Margie and Dick bowled and loved going to dances and socializing with friends from the Alpha Club. Neighborhood friends were important in their lives, too, and they enjoyed many years of activities with them, as well. Dick was a member of the Humboldt Masonic Lodge and later the Achbar Grotto. Margie was a member of the R. T. King Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Margie and Steve enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. on their vacations. She was a square dancer with Steve, making many colorful costumes herself. She also loved cross-stitching, giving away many creations as presents over the years. She and Steve bowled, and sailed in their boat on Hoover Dam. She was a long-time member of the Blendon Senior Center, where, after Steve's death, she met Cleat McCoy, who remained a special person in her life for many years until his death. Cleat was in a band that played there once a week, and Margie was his "groupie." After the band played, they had a meal together, usually their only outing each week. They enjoyed talking for hours each day on the phone, checking up on each other. On her 85th birthday, Cleat and Ed Pollock, another band member, arranged for a tour of Barrett Junior High, where Ed played "Happy Birthday" on his trumpet as Margie entered the school.

Margie was a faithful friend, never failing to send cards and greetings throughout the years to her many friends and relatives, and to lend a helping hand when necessary, babysitting especially. Even in her last days she was a blessing to those around her with her peaceful, sweet demeanor.

Margie has said that giving her life to Jesus, then being baptized, was the best thing she ever did. It changed her life. She is now resting in the arms of her loving and precious Lord where she will forever reside. She would encourage anyone who is reading this to do the same and then attend a Bible-believing church to be discipled and to learn to live in accordance with God's will for your life. John 3:16 says it all: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (NKJ) Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (HCSB) Margie was a former member with Dick, also a baptized believer, of the Oakland Park Evangelical United Brethren (later United Methodist) Church where she and Steve were eventually married and attended for several years. She was a long-time active member of Calvary Bible Baptist Church in Westerville, the town where she lived since 1970. She also attended Grace Polaris Church with Chris and Sharon for a short time.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Richard C. Anderson, and Steven H. Day; brothers, Byron and Robert "Bob" Ditrick; sister, Katherine Ditrick Carroll; and close friend, Cleat McCoy. She is survived by caregivers for many years, daughter Sharon Richardson and grandson Chris Richardson; son Danny Anderson; granddaughter Holly McCoy (Marty); and numerous other relatives and friends.

We ask that those who knew Margie cherish the memories you have of her and celebrate her life as you desire, as there will not be a service. Contributions, if you so choose, may be made in Margie's memory to W.A. R.M. (Westerville Area Resource Ministry), The Billy Graham Evangelistic Society, or CrossPower Ministries. Friends are encouraged to become bone marrow donors.

When we are older and unable we are no less valuable children of God, and so you are encouraged to remember now those who are shut-in, lonely, and in need of your help, especially with your time and presence, prayers, calls, cards, gifts of food, or whatever is needed. Thank you to all of you who remembered her with the same and continued to be concerned and inquired often. It meant so much. Thank you, too, to those others who helped care for her in the last few years. May God richly bless all of you. A special thank you to Pastor Bob and Joy Burney who ministered to her in her last years. Going forward, let us also remember caregivers who need respite, prayers, encouragement, and a meal now and then.

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