Marjorie “Marge” Nelle Hitchcock

Marjorie “Marge” Nelle Hitchcock, 91, Lawrence, KS passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at LMH Health.

God broke the mold when Marge was born on August 17, 1930, in Paola, KS, the daughter of Bernard and Margaret (Schroeder) Stiles.

After moving to Baldwin, Marge graduated from BHS in 1948 and stayed close to many friends and classmates.

She married Thomas “Tom” C. Hitchcock on September 27, 1948, in Baldwin City, who among his many affections for her frequently said she was “handier than a pocket on a shirt.”

Marge was a beloved mother, homemaker and co-owner of her husband’s fourth generation pharmacy, Hitchcock Drug Store. Marge was the first woman elected to the Baldwin City Council where she served two full terms. She also was a successful realtor in the Baldwin market in the 1980s.

Marge and Tom moved to Lawrence in 1986.  Marge worked at King Pharmacy until her retirement.

Through her active retirement, Marge enjoyed golf, quilting, playing bridge and was a KU season ticket holder. Marge never missed a KU basketball game and chants of “Come on Jayhawks!” could frequently be heard during any game.

Marge was predeceased by her husband and four siblings.

She will be greatly missed by her two sons, Jon Hitchcock, Lawrence, Richard Hitchcock, and wife, Rhonda, Baldwin City; one daughter, Denise Lawson, and husband, John, Olathe; four grandchildren, Sarah (Sang) Yi, Kristin (Mark) Hitchcock Berendsen, Lindsey (Joshua) Wood, Tommy (Ali) Lawson; four great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Harrison, Sylvie, and Charlie Rose.

There are no services scheduled at this time

Memorial contributions may be made in Marge’s name to Warren-McElwain Mortuary to be designated at a later date.

15 Condolences

  1. Diane stiles on January 8, 2022 at 8:45 am

    My sympathy and love to Denise, Ric and Jon. Your mom was a great sister-in-law to me. I have many special memories of her.
    Diane stiles

  2. Janelle Irick Ballew on January 8, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    Sad to hear of Marge’s passing and am sending prayers to your entire family.

  3. Chris Ridley on January 8, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    So sorry to hear of Marge’s passing. She truly was one of a kind. I know my mother enjoyed working for Tom and Marge. Good people. Class acts. Prayers of Peace

  4. David Routh on January 8, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    My condolences to the Hitchcock family.

  5. Janet Venable on January 8, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Oh my, she was such a strong lady I never thought we would lose her! She was always fun. Love to Jon, Ric, and Denise, she will be missed. Janet venable.

  6. Julia Neill on January 9, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Sorry to hear the news of Marge ‘s
    Passing. She had a great long life. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Hitchcock family.

    Julia and Keith Neill

  7. Laurie Forbes Sawyer on January 9, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    We were saddened to hear of Marge’s passing and send the family our condolences. She was such a wonderful friend and neighbor to our mother, Sue Forbes. They passed on the same day 7 years apart! I bet they are catching up again! God bless!

  8. Janet Hey Jehle on January 9, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    So saddened by the passing of a always smiling & fun loving woman!
    We were on the Chamber of Commerce board together. Always enjoyed her company! I bet Marge, Gerry & mom (& one more….they often had trouble finding 4 in later years) are playing bridge again…..(& maybe having a beer!)

  9. Nancy Hey Arnold on January 9, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    So sorry to hear about the loss of sweet Marge. I’ll always remember her smile and her laugh. Condolences to Jon, Ric and Denise on the loss of your mother.

  10. Margaret Walbridge on January 10, 2022 at 9:01 am

    So many fond memories. Marge’s smile could light up a room. Much love to you and your families, Jon, Ric & Denise.
    Margi Walbridge

  11. Erin Stucky on January 10, 2022 at 9:21 am

    My condolences to the entire Hitchcock family.

    I was saddened to hear of Marge’s passing and thrilled she enjoyed a Jayhawk win the night prior!

    Thinking of your family as you celebrate your sweet mom.

  12. Cathie Kreutziger Echterling on January 10, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Oh Denise, Rick & John, I’m sorry to hear the news of your Mom’s passing. I always had a great time playing with Denise & hanging out with your Mom back in grade school. I bet Marge & Mom recruited some folks & are playing bridge in heaven. I’m thinking of you & praying for God’s Mercy for all your family during this difficult time.

  13. Nancy J. Richards on January 11, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Jon, Ric, and Denise, I have so many fond memories of your mother, including summer suppers and swimming at your house on High Street when we were children. May your own memories of Marge comfort you and bring you peace.

  14. Karen Haupt Parsons on January 11, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Marge was such a great role model. I think everyone in Baldwin was touched by her kindness. My prayers to all. May you remember her smile
    I know I will.

  15. Deborah Purvis on January 12, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Many fond memories of your mom. So sorry to hear of her passing. Blessings to your entire family. Debby Findley Purvis.

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