September 25, 2013 5:53 AM
Age 91 of Santa Barbara, left this world peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
The daughter of Anna (Roosa) and George Stephens, Marge grew up in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1944 with a B.A. degree in Sociology and a Minor in Home Economics and married college sweetheart Rollin Quimby on April 7, 1944. While Rollin served with the Army Air Force in the Pacific, Marge worked for the Department of Agriculture in Washington.
In 1946 they moved to Willow Run, Michigan, where Rollin completed his PhD and son Lawrence was born. In 1951 Rollin accepted a professorship at UCSB and they moved to Santa Barbara where her sons Peter and John were born.
Marge lived a life of service to others and touched the lives of many people in Santa Barbara. She volunteered at Starr King preschool from 1952 -1963 and served as a board member under founding director Sarah Foote. She also worked at St. Vincent's Day Nursery under its leader, Sister Vincent Williams, and continued working in education as a teacher's aide at Goleta Union School, Mountain View School and La Colina Junior High.
Some may remember Marge as the "Avon Lady". She managed her own direct sales business from 1959 to 1971.
She returned to school at Santa Barbara City College in the mid 1970's, where she was accepted into the nursing program, graduating with an Associate Degree. Marge was a registered nurse at Cottage Hospital from 1976 to 1979.
During the 1980's Marge pursued her goals of uniting the practice of nursing with teaching patients to actively participate in their medical care and to nurture their spiritual well-being. She pursued this goal with customary vigor. She served as a private duty hospice nurse, volunteered with Hospice of Santa Barbara and developed her own practice as a Health Resource Consultant focusing on patients with life-threatening illness.
At the age of 66, she earned a Master's Degree in applied psychology and followed that with a Master's Degree in theology and ordination as a minister. And in 2010 she published "Managing the Medical Maze - Tools for the 21st Century Patient," drawing on her experience in nursing and counseling to discuss the patient's role in the process of medical care.
Marge loved music and singing and was a member of the Inner Light Community Gospel Choir of Santa Barbara, participating with the choir at national Gospel Music Workshop of America events.
She donated her body to the University of California at Irvine Medical School for research and teaching. Upon completion of this, her body will be cremated and the ashes spread at sea.
She is predeceased by her brother, Richard Everett Stephens and her husband, Rollin Walker Quimby. She is survived by her devoted and beloved companion, William Porter, by her sons Lawrence, Peter and John, grandchildren Barbara, Robert, Julianne, Spencer, and Tobias, and great-grandchildren Kira and Akari Quimby.
A service in Memorial and Celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 28th at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, 305 E. Anapumu St. Reception to follow.
Donations in her memory can be made to "Operation Smile", which provides reconstructive facial surgery for third-world children.