Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Marguerite Ausherman Long Wampler died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Shenandoah Place in New Market. She was born Feb. 15, 1923, and was a daughter of the late Jacob Owen Sr. and Clara Ausherman Long.
She earned her master’s degree from Madison College, now James Madison University, and her doctorate in education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She was a fourth-grade teacher in Broadway and at Anthony Seeger Campus School in Harrisonburg. She loved teaching Virginia history to her students. At Anthony Seeger, she was observed daily by college students who could be seen taking notes on her teaching methods. On campus, Dr. Wampler was also a supervisor of student teachers. She received numerous accolades during her career and belonged to many professional organizations.
On Sept. 20, 1942, she married Robert Franklin Wampler, who preceded her in death on June 3, 2012. They were high school sweethearts and spent their life together on Round Hill Farm. They enjoyed summer weekends at “the lake” and in later years, winters in Florida. They also traveled extensively.
Marguerite’s hobbies included antique collecting, house decorating, playing bridge, her cat, “Blackie,” and working with her flowers. Above all, she cherished her life with her beloved husband of almost 70 years.
She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Snow and her husband, Gary Bushong, of New Market, and Claranell Robin and Peter Heilmayer of Fort Worth, Texas; a grandson, Geoff Snow of Harrisonburg; a brother, Jacob Owen Long Jr. and his wife, Mary Lee, of Harrisonburg; two sisters, Dorothy Long Lock of Stephens City and Flora Long Jenkins of Harrisonburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pastor Paul Roth will conduct a private graveside service at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.
Friends may stop by the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway Thursday or Friday to sign the guest book.
Memorial gifts may be made to Cat’s Cradle, P.O. Box 2128, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Arrangements are being handled by Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com .