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-Marjorie Sanford-

Marjorie was born to Stephen and Ruth Woodruff on March 2, 1927, and went peacefully to be with Jesus on July 18, 2007.
She was born in Louisa Center, Iowa, and became the eldest of thirteen children.  She married Enoch, her high school sweetheart at age 19, and then moved to Colorado to train for mission service.

In 1949, she left with Enoch to serve as a missionary in Cuba.  They served there for 8 years and then moved to Ecuador where they worked for another 18 years.  She taught Bible classes, ministered to women and children in many capacities and supported her husband as he preached and taught God’s word.  In 1977, they left the mission field to move back to the United States.  Later, they served for two more years fundraising for HCJB (a missionary radio station headquartered in Ecuador).  She then did office work at the businesses of her daughters until her “final” retirement at age 75.

Marjorie lived for her Lord and for her family.  She was an eloquent speaker, an avid reader and much sought after as a mentor, a teacher and as a speaker in the churches that she attended.

She was preceded in death in 1995 by Enoch, her husband of 49 years, and in June by Nocchi, her beloved cocker spaniel.  She is survived by her sons, Paul (Irma) of Laveen, AZ; Stephen (Susan) of McRae, AR; and her daughters, Ruth (Joel) VanDerPuy of University Place and Elizabeth of Tacoma.  She leaves behind eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by 9 of her thirteen brothers and sisters.

She will be remembered by all as an incredible storyteller who attracted many to her as she moved through this world.
A memorial service was held in her honor at Harbor Covenant Church in Gig Harbor, Washington, on Monday, July 23rd, 2007.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Widow’s Might, a ministry started by her sister-in-law, that serves widows and orphans in Africa at:  Global Outreach International, P.O. Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38802.

The family is deeply grateful to the staff of Group Health Hospice and of Life Manor Assisted Living for their incredible support and help in making this difficult time easier.

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