Marjorie Richter Obituary


Marjorie Richter passed away peacefully on December 31, 2023 at her home in the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Marjorie was born on July 24, 1926 in Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada. She didn’t particularly to be called Marjorie so was known to friends and family as “Marge”.

After receiving her medical technician certification in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada, Marge moved to Eugene, Oregon where she met her soon-to-be husband Harold “Hal” Richter. After living in San Francisco, California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hal and Marge moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1959 where Hal began working for the budding Research Triangle Institute while Margie dealt with two, soon to be four, little children.

In 1964, the family of 6 moved to Grenoble, France for a year – a year Marjorie always said was the most adventurous year of her life.

Upon their return to Chapel Hill, Marjorie became involved in the community, especially with the League of Women Voters and Habitat for Humanity.

Her community awareness continued even after she began working with the Chemistry Departments at UNC and Duke University.

After moving to Carol Woods in 2004, Marjorie didn’t really like the names Marjorie or Marge so she asked to be called, and was thereafter known as, Jorie.

Marjorie was always curious and interested in learning about anything that struck her fancy; she decided to study Latin in her late 80’s.

Jorie loved, to name a few: international folk dancing, mushrooms, hiking, any kind of travel, camping, wine, pencil sketching, studying the moon, finding deals at thrift stores, good jokes, flowers, and learning Latin.

Jorie is preceded in death by her husband Hal, her sister, brother, and parents. She is survived by her four children: Melanie Bathurst (Bruce), of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeff Richter (Jamie) of Wilmington, NC, Kyle Richter (Stephanie) of Kenly, NC, and Tad Richter (Betsy) of Thomasville, NC, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

A memorial/Celebration of Life for Jorie will be held in Carol Woods Retirement Center’s main building, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 1:30. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial to Doctors Without Borders, one of Jorie’s favorite charities.

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