Marjorie Lorraine (Dernier) Pless, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, August 25, 2020, after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 88 years old.
She was born on October 13, 1931, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the youngest of seven children of Charles Edgar Frank Delesdernier and Ella Jean Gertrude (Sawler). She adored her family and enjoyed a close relationship with her sisters.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert G. Pless of Mesa, AZ; her two sons, Robert A. Pless (Teri) of Birdsboro, PA and Randall E. Pless (Audrey) of Danville, IL; her four daughters, Seriynna K. Parcke, of Poway CA, Virginia L. Smart, of Arizona City, AZ, Marjorie L. Fradella (Jerry), of San Clemente, CA and Tamara L. Passey (Steven) of Mesa, AZ. Twenty-two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by three sisters Blanche June Doyle, Grace Marie Poole, Lillian Gertrude Cuniff, three brothers Percy, Francis, and Clyde D. Dernier, and her son Adam J. Pless.
Marjorie lived in Boston, Braintree, and later Brockton, Massachusetts, where she graduated from Brockton High School in 1949. She enjoyed dancing, swimming, and playing hockey with her brothers. She also won awards for roller dancing and met her future husband while roller skating. On October 22, 1955, she married Robert Pless in Brockton, where she lived, loved, and raised her family. She devoted her life to her family and often said how her children and grandchildren brought her so much joy. She always had a listening ear and a kind word for everyone. She spent her time caring for others and would drop whatever she was doing to help someone in need. When she took a little time for herself, she liked to read—usually the scriptures. She loved to bake cakes and fudge, and she won several apple pie contests. Most of all, she loved sharing meals with her family.
Marjorie and Robert retired in Mesa, Arizona, to be close to their family. She quickly made friends wherever she lived and had a talent for seeing the good in others and building them up.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved to sing in the choir with her beautiful alto voice. She could recall the words to many hymns up until the time of her passing.
Private family services will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020. Burial will follow in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.