Marjorie Anne (Fischer) Dozier, 78, died Aug. 23 of natural causes at the home of her beloved Edward A. Rice. Affectionately called “P.W.” by Ed during their 46-year relationship, Marjorie Anne preceded Ed in death by about three weeks.
Marjorie Anne was the daughter of Frances E. and Frank Jackson “Jack” Fischer, who died before her birth. She was raised by her mother and her maternal grandparents Clarence and Marjorie Lincoln, who lived in Miami, Okla., at the time of her birth.
Marjorie Anne grew up in Lawrence, Kan., where she helped out and read comics at her grandparents’ drugstore in the Eldridge Hotel. She played clarinet in the band. In 1965, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Kansas and later earned a Master’s Degree in education from K.U.
During her undergraduate days, she was a proud member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and remained friends with many of her sorority sisters throughout her life. She credited the sorority with learning early on in her college career to be serious about her studies.
During her 32-year career at Nall Hills Elementary School, she taught more than 1,000 kindergartners. The numerous letters found in her personal effects attest to how much she was loved and appreciated by her students and their parents.
“Thank you so much for the super year Jon has had,” wrote one parent. “His progress has been superior to anything I ever expected. Your love and kindness played such a major role in this.” Another wrote: “You are the finest kindergarten teacher in Shawnee Mission.”
Marjorie Anne retired in 1997. Upon her retirement, she spent time with her many friends and Ed. They frequently danced at various social gathering put on by the German Club and John Knox Village. Marjorie Anne loved and cared for her dogs, Hoover and Caley, and many of Ed’s German Shepherds, most recently Gretchen and Sophie.
She relished planning get-togethers, parties and special surprises for Ed and her friends and was particularly fond of finding treasures at local estate sales.
She is survived by six cousins: Dick and Bill Boyer of Valentine, Neb., Steve Fischer of Broomfield, Colo., Kathleen Rutledge of Garland, Neb., Julie Fischer of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jan Demolli of Colorado Springs, Colo.
A joint memorial for Ed and Marjorie Anne will be held at O’Neill’s Restaurant, 9412 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donation to Missouri German Shepherd Rescue (MOGS).