Funeral services for Marjorie Jean Whipple, 86, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, in the Ardmore Seventh Day Adventist Church, 828 Locust St., with Pastor David Resendes officiating.
Marjorie was born on February 15, 1926, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Charles M. and Zella Andrews Sellors Whipple.
Her love of nursing began very early in life. She worked at both the Battle Creek Sanitarium and Sisters of Mercy Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, while in high school, and graduated from Battle Creek Academy in 1944. She attended Washington Missionary College, now Columbia Union College in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1947 with her two year degree in Pre-Nursing. She completed three years of training in 1950 at Glendale Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing, Glendale, California, to become a Registered Nurse.
Following graduation, Marj came through Ardmore to visit friends on her way home to Michigan. While in Ardmore, she was offered a surgical position at Hardy Sanitarium, where she worked for one year, followed by five years at Von Keller Hospital.
Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma was nearing completion in 1955, and Marjorie was one of six department heads hired before the opening of the hospital to develop their respective departments. She remained as Clinical Director of Surgical Nursing at Memorial Hospital for 30 years. Upon her retirement in 1985, in addition to her 30 year pin, she was given a star in the universe named for her and registered in the Library of Congress, which she particularly treasured.
With the opening of Day Surgery, she continued to work an additional 16 years before finally retiring from nursing in 2001.
She is survived by several cousins, including Jeanne Witte and her husband, Rick, and their sons Jason, Nathan and Adam of Carrollton, Texas, and Ken Alford and his wife, Janine of Georgetown, Texas; and her many coworkers and friends.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Jim Read, Harrison Read, Hunter Read and Gary White.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Alzheimers program or a charity of choice.
Memorial tributes may be made online at
Services entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.