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Marjorie Farnham Pressly

November 29, 1930 - September 18, 2021

Marjorie Farnham Pressly passed on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at her residence with her family by her side. Marge was born in New Haven, CT, on November 29, 1930, to Myrlon Atkin Farnham and Hortense Gatling Farnham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, William H. Pressly, III, and sisters, Virginia Colberg and Dorothy Feuer.

Marge was a 1952 graduate of Duke University where she sang in the Chapel Choir and was a member of Phi Mu sorority. As an alumna, she attended many class reunions and was an ardent fan of Duke basketball.

Shortly after being married in 1953, Marge and her husband Bill started their family in Ithaca, NY, later moving to Lynchburg, VA, in 1960. On joining Peakland United Methodist Church, Marge was a faithful member of the choir for decades. After raising four children, she was a realtor for nearly 50 years and enjoyed finding the right house for her clients.

Marge was an active member of her garden club, an avid bridge player, and often could be found working on a jigsaw puzzle at home. She possessed an astounding love for all animals, never turning down a chance to help an animal in need. Her cats and dogs could not have had a more loving home. Family vacations to the beaches at Nags Head, Emerald Isle, or North Myrtle Beach were the highlight of every summer, and all on Audubon Place knew her as an enthusiastic participant at the yearly Labor Day block party. Family and friends alike will remember how Marge’s stories and jokes would always brighten a room.

Marge is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, William H. Pressly, Jr., and by her sister Barbara Tice, daughters Susan Anthony (David) and Martha Hughes (Steve), son Myrlon Pressly (Kathy), daughter-in-law Dreama Pressly, and grandchildren Lauren Duisberg (John), Katherine Anthony, Mason Anthony, Robert Pressly (Laura), Jack Hughes, and great-grandson Julian Pressly.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Bright Hope Inc., Lynchburg Humane Society, or Meals on Wheels. A celebration of life for Marge will be held at Peakland United Methodist Church on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Bright Hope Inc., Lynchburg Humane Society, or Meals on Wheels. A celebration of life is planned for a future date.

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Bill, please accept my belated condolence on the passing of Marge. She was a wonderful person and you obviously gave her a wonderful life.

Posted by Joe Vaughan on January 29, 2022

Bill, I am so sorry to hear about Marge's passing. My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Billy Walker on September 28, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Marge’s passing. I met her 23 years ago at John Stewart Walker. She loved to tease me and we would joke together. I loved that she and Bill had date night every Friday! She was an inspiration and will be missed! My condolences to the family.

Posted by Polly Wooldridge on September 26, 2021

Dear Bill and family, I am so sorry. My deepest sympathies. Love you all. Linda

Posted by Linda Bennett on September 25, 2021

Dear Bill and family, I am so sorry. My deepest sympathies. Love you all. Linda

Posted by Linda Bennett on September 25, 2021

The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on September 24, 2021

Marge one of the founding members of Bright Hope Inc along with the Altrusa of Lynchburg has shown me that you do not have to be the biggest or best but possess a passion for what you do. Her life exemplified this. Praying for your family during this time. Executive Director- Bright Hope Inc.

Posted by Patricia Braxton on September 24, 2021

Marge one of the founding members of Bright Hope Inc along with the Altrusa of Lynchburg has shown me that you do not have to be the biggest or best but possess a passion for what you do. Her life exemplified this. Praying for your family during this time. Executive Director- Bright Hope Inc.

Posted by Patricia Braxton on September 24, 2021

May God strengthen the Pressly family! Please accept my sincere sympathies for your loss. Atwill

Posted by Atwill Melton on September 22, 2021

Godspeed Mrs. Pressly! I was glad to know you. Mr. Pressly, Susan, Myrlon, & Martha - I am so sorry for your loss. She was remarkable. Sending you our sympathy as you grieve her passing, The Brazas

Posted by Anonymous on September 21, 2021

Godspeed Mrs. Pressly! I was glad to know you. Mr. Pressly, Susan, Myrlon, & Martha - I am so sorry for your loss. She was remarkable. Sending you our sympathy as you grieve her passing, The Brazas

Posted by Anonymous on September 21, 2021

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