Marjorie Blaxill

Obituary of Marjorie Blaxill

Marjorie Gibson Blaxill, 80, of Princeton died Monday, May 2, 2011 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York City, raised in Mahwah, New Jersey, she lived for most of her life in Princeton. Mrs. Blaxill was a graduate of Mary Washington University, Virginia, and attended the New York School of Social Work. After graduating from college, she worked as a social worker for the State of New Jersey's Board of Child Welfare. Assigned to the City of Paterson, she was a caseworker in child protective services, initially with probation and parole, and later shifting to adoptions and helping families. In 1958 after getting married and giving birth to her first of four children, she retired from social work and moved to Princeton where she became a leading civic activist as well as a beloved member of the Princeton community. Among many positions, she was head of the Princeton Township Local Assistance Board for over 20 years. In 1965, she ran the Princeton Hospital Fete, and then hosted the after party for over 40 years. She was a long time board member of Family Services of America (board president 3 years), the Princeton Nursery School (board president 2 years), the Witherspoon-Jackson Association, and NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. "She gave generously of her time and ideas." said Nannette B. Gibson, Senior Director of the NAACP. "Her warmth, enthusiasm, insight, and sense of humor were an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed." In 1982, she was honored by the United Way with the prestigious Gerard B. Lambert Award for outstanding community service. In 1988, Family Services of Princeton honored her on their 90th anniversary in a ceremony keynoted by congresswoman Lindy Boggs. To mark the occasion, then Princeton welfare director Dorothy Kruger said "She's a mover and a shaker. I don't think there is a philanthropic activity in Princeton that she hasn't had a hand in. She knows more about people in this town than anyone." Towards the end of her life, she served as a board member at Mercer County Community College where her leadership included many years on the Nominating Committee, the Executive Committee, and as an Officer of the Foundation Board. Former MCCC provost Dr. Beverly Richardson says Mrs. Blaxill often came to the campus to engage with the students. "She understood their hopes and dreams and needs, and in her role as Foundation Director did so much for students to ensure that those needs would be met." In 2008, Mercer County Community College gave her the Spirit of Education award for her years of service to that school. She was also an avid New York Mets fan, enthusiastic tennis player, and a life master in bridge. She was the daughter of the late Charles Raymond Corley and Marjorie (Fish) Gibson, and wife of the late Sidney Blaxill, an international investment banker and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. She is survived by her 3 sons Mark, David and Michael Blaxill, her daughter Susan Blaxill-Deal, her twin sister Corleta Gibson Friesen, and 8 grandchildren: Sydney Blaxill, Michaela Blaxill, Matthew Deal, Sidney Elliott Deal, Cory Deal, Clayton Deal, Megan Blaxill and Grace Blaxill. The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Trinity Church 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Trinity All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Princeton Committee, D. Raikes-Colbert, Treasurer, 137 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 and/or the Trenton expansion initiative at the Mercer County Community College Foundation, PO Box B, Trenton, NJ 08690 - online at Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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