April 26, 1942-Jan. 28, 2018
Marjorie Katherine (Handy) Cromer passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Jan. 28, 2018 in a Miami, Florida hotel. She was planning to board a cruise ship that day for a one-week cruise with husband, Ed Cromer.
She was born Marjorie Handy to parents Jacob and Marjorie Handy in Butte, Montana in April of 1942. Marj and her mother lived with grandparents, George and Lillian Huddleston in Butte while her dad fought in the Army in WWII. She attended Emerson, Greeley and Butte High schools and received a BS Degree in Home Economics and Art from MSU in Bozeman, Montana in 1963. In college she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and Spurs service group. She married her high school sweetheart, Ed Cromer, Sept. 1, 1962.
Marj taught various grades in public schools of Montana, California and Nevada until 1995. She also taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School in California. She was active in Masonic Orders in Butte, and Lutheran Church organizations in California and Colorado. Marj was a Bible Study Fellowship Leader. She was a leader in Newcomers in California, Nevada and Colorado. She taught many children and adults how to play cards and Mah Jong.
Marj was an excellent cook and managed food preparation and service for several National swim meets in California, delivering 1,500 meals per day for several days. For one church dinner she made 700 crepes ... and never made them again! She also tested new recipes on the public for Test Kitchens in California. Her passion was supporting her children and grandchildren in their endeavors such as theater, cheerleading, football, baseball, soccer, gymnastics and swimming. She loved spending time with her grandchildren! Since moving to Florida in 2007, Marj and Ed went on many cruises, one of her great enjoyments in life. On two transatlantic cruises they spent considerable time at La Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain, returning the second time to spend an entire day at that Cathedral.
Marj was preceded in death by her grandparents, Handy and Huddleston; dad, Jake Handy; uncle, Ed Handy; uncle and aunt, George and Jean (Sullivan) Huddleston Jr.; cousin, George Huddleston III; and brother-in-law, Dick Cromer.
She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Handy in Tucson, Arizona; husband, Ed Cromer in Clermont, Florida; son, Eric (Christine) Cromer and their daughters, Peyton and Ella in Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter, Charlet (Sean) Stanton and their daughters, Savana, Alexis, Briana and son, Brooks in Orlando, Florida; daughter, Susan (Josh) Gray and their daughter, Lauren and son, Lane in Tucson, Arizona; cousin, Sherrie (Huddleston) Garcia and her husband, David in Tucson, Arizona; cousin, Peggie (Huddleston) Best and her husband, Earl in Butte; sister-in-law, Diane Cromer in Las Vegas, Nevada and her son, Scot (Melanie) Cromer in Las Vegas. Nevada, and daughter, Beth (Dan) Schleve in Sequim, Washington; as well as several great-cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services are being planned for March 3 in Orlando, Florida and April 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate may do so at Ronald McDonald House, 1630 Kuhl Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806, or their local Ronald McDonald House. Marj appreciated the work these houses do for parents when they have children in hospitals.
Marj touched many lives over the years and those of us who knew her will miss her signature smile!