Marjorie Rand Schoen, a retired Executive Secretary for American Express, of Suwanee GA, died April 9, 2018 after a protracted battle with Alzheimer’s. Margie was the oldest child of the late Ralph Leon Rand, Jr. and Angelyn Bagley Rand and was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Schoen and “Brother” Ralph Leon Rand III. Margie loved and cherished her family and leaves behind two children, Linda Schoen Jackson (John) of Cumming, GA and Andy Schoen (Tracey) of Independence, KY; three grandchildren, Drew Schoen (Ellen) of Decatur, GA, Melissa Clem (Kevin) of Hiawassee, GA and Anna Schoen of Independence, KY; five great grandchildren, Ethan and Claire Schoen; Eli, Grant, and Charlotte Clem; a niece, Honey Rand (Jim Randel) of Lutz, FL; and a host of fellow worshippers, square dancing and bridge buddies. The family extends its heartfelt thanks and uttermost appreciation to the staff at Belmont Village Johns Creek and Agape Hospice for the kind, compassionate, and loving care that Margie received while under their wing.
Margie was perpetually young at heart and always said square dancing for over 40 years kept her young and healthy. She started dancing in 1973 and was active in the Metro Atlanta Square Dance Association, White Owls, Calico Swingers, and Fiddlin’ Owls Square Dance Clubs. She continually helped new members learn to dance and learned the male role so she could dance as a substitute partner when needed. She was an avid Braves fan and loved to play Bridge and tell jokes. Margie was a member of Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church for more than 30 years. She loved the early service, folding the newsletter when it was delivered via paper, the visitors who brought her sunshine, Sandy Fellows and Mary Winklejohn, and the elders who provided a ride to church after she was no longer able to drive, Doug Langdon, and Gary and Janis Gayer.
Margie was an active participant in the Women’s Health Initiative which started in 1991. This long-term national study focused on the most common causes of death among post-menopausal women and changed the way health care providers treat some of the major diseases impacting women. She continued follow-up studies through 2018.
Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. on April 22nd at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, 3700 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, with Rev. Jody Andreade, Rev. Andy Acton, and Rev. Joel Alvis officiating. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 2:30 p.m. and the body will be cremated after the service. Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth oversees arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Margie’s favorite charity and her Mother’s caregiver during her final days, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, 760 Pollard Boulevard SW, Atlanta, GA 30315.