Marjorie Emeline, the youngest of five children, was born February 17, 1926, to Clara T. Swisher and Edward W. Maher at home in Pleasant Valley, Owyhee County, ID. The family moved to the upper ranch (Lone Tree Ranch) when Marji was young. Marji attended Pleasant Valley School, a one-room school house with classes up to the eighth grade. The teacher was usually a relative that lived with the family. When Marji graduated from grade school, she moved to Boise, ID, living with her sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Harold Gates, until they moved to Twin Falls, ID. Marji then became a nanny to pay for housing, staying with that family until she graduated from Boise High School in May, 1944. During this time, she met Robert (Bob) Cartwright. They were married June 3, 1944, at St. John’s Cathedral.
Marji and Bob had four children: Dennis, Diane, Steven, and Paul. Nephew Mike Maher lived with them while he attended high school. At age 40, Marji enrolled at Boise Junior College. She earned her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree, graduating the same day her youngest son graduated from high school, and worked at Saint Alphonus Hospital for thirty years. She helped start the out-patient surgery with other nurses and doctors. She was also a practical nurse instructor.
Marji and Bob traveled to Hawaii several times and Costa Rico once, as well as visited relatives around the US. Marji and Bob were both active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where Marji served on the Altear Society. Marji volunteered with the Parent-Teacher Association at St. Mary’s School and at St. Vincent de Paul. She was an avid bridge player and took up portrait drawing after she retired. She was a family historian and contributed to Owyhee County Historical Society publications.
After Bob’s death, Marjorie moved from the house she and Bob owned for almost 60 years to a retirement center. When her health failed, she moved to Plantation Place Assisted Living. The family is very grateful for the loving care Marji received from the staff there and from the staff of All Care Hospice during the last weeks of her life.
Marji was precede in death by her parents, siblings and their husbands, husband (Bob), two sons (Dennis and Paul), and two grandchildren (James Cartwright and Kelli E. Cartwright).
She is survived by children Diane (John) Mansisidor, Donnelly, and Steve (Karen) Cartwright, St. Charles, IL; daughter-in-law Shirley Cartwright, Winthrop Harbor, IL; grandchildren Debra(Pat) O’Connor, David (Patrice) Mansisidor, Julie (Chris) Ewers, Joyce (Paul) Ejgird, Brent Cartwright, and Megan (Jordan) Stobaugh; great-grandchildren Robyn (Colton) Jones, Tyler Cartwright, and Ryan and Keira Mansisidor, Alec and Petra Ewers, and Abigail and Jacob Stobaugh; and great-great grandchild Isabella Jones, as well as numerous othe members of her extended family.
A memorial mass will be held May 26, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2612 W. State St., at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Vincent de Paul, 3217 Overland Rd., or Catholic Charities, catholiccharitiesusa.org.