Marjorie Young Force

April 28, 1929 - July 22, 2017
Marjorie Young Force

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Marjorie Young Force departed from this life on July 22, 2017.  She was born in 1929 in Gambier, Ohio, to the Reverend Harry J. Young and Edna Moore Young.  She attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Kent State University, before becoming a stewardess for American Airlines.  In 1952, she married Frank Force in Ravenna, Ohio, and lived in several other states before moving to Williamsburg in 1967, where she lived the rest of her life.

She was an historic interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 22 years.  She spent the next 22 years at Historic Jamestown, where she was a church guide for 15 years, and afterward served as a volunteer for the National Park Service.  In the early 1990s, she served as  Director of the former Colonial Capital Branch of the APVA (now Preservation Virginia).  She enjoyed music, film, history, and traveling abroad, especially to Great Britain.  She was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church, Preservation Virginia, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, her parents, and her two brothers, William E. Young and Harry J. Young, Jr.  She is survived by her daughter Debra J. Force and son-in-law Gilles Morin of New York City, her son Greg Force and daughter-in-law Vicki of Spartanburg, SC, her grand-daughter Cameron Sabon and her husband Raymond of Grand Rapids, MI, and her grandson Coleman Force of Atlanta, GA.  Burial will be private and family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 on Thursday, July 27, at the Williamsburg Landing Main Building.  Memorials may be sent to Preservation Virginia, 204 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA, 23220-5012.

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  • July 26, 2017
    Carolyn Frobase says:
    To Debra.....I am so so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. I always enjoyed my visits with her when I was working at Ohio Wesleyan. and could learn more about her times there as a student. She was very proud of you. Remember all the good times with her....enjoy those memories. My deepest sympathy. Carolyn

  • July 26, 2017
    Joanne Martin says:
    Ed and I send our heartfelt condolences. How fortunate that we had time with this lovely lady. She will be remembered.

  • July 27, 2017
    Scott Chance says:
    Debra, Greg and Family, Our hearts and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through today. Our sincere condolences. Lisa and Scott Chance

  • July 31, 2017
    Mike and Diane Malsom says:
    Greg and Debbie - So sorry to hear about your mom. She was a font of knowledge when we visited Williamsburg, and we really enjoyed chatting with her at Cameron and Ray's wedding. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • December 10, 2017
    Lew Ellen Erickson says:
    Greg and Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Our mothers were dear friends, my mom is Pauline "Polly " Martin Erickson. They grew up in Ohio. Just learned of her passing yesterday. My mother is still living, but the severe decline. My mom loved your mother dearly, those St C girls were special friends for life. Thoughts and prayers.