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DODGE, Margery

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DODGE, Margery. (Plainfield, NJ, Jan. 10, 1921--Hamden, CT, Dec. 21, 2013). Margery grew up in and around Babylon, Long Island, and at age sixteen made her way to Iowa to attend the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. There she made lifelong friends and met husband-to-be Nathan Dodge.

After WORLD WAR II, she settled with Nate in Dubuque, raised five children and, after the last was self-sufficient, taught psychology at STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL. In 1982 her husband suddenly died. In 1984 she married Nate’s widowed younger brother, Bill. After Bill’s death in 1987, she focused much of her time on community activities. She declined a run for mayor, wrote a book based on Nate’s World War II letters to her and published poetry.

Dodge was one of the founding members of People in Need. She served on the education committee of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (N.A.A.C.P.), Care Review Committee of Skilled Nursing Unit at FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE), board member of Pastoral Marriage Counseling, and Habitat for Humanity. From 1981 to 1985, Dodge served on the board of HILLCREST FAMILY SERVICES and later chaired the social concerns committee of Dubuque Area Christians United and served as president of that organization. She directed Girl Scout day camp and served on the Little Cloud Girl Scout board.

A frequent fundraiser for the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE, DUBUQUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, and the United Way, Dodge received the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award and East Iowa District Sertoma Service to Mankind Award--both in 1984. In 1987, she received the Governor's Volunteer Award.



"Margery Peckham Deale Dodge," Obituary. Online: https://www.google.com/search?q=Margery+Dodge+%28obit%29&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a