Marjorie Finlay (1928 - 2003)

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Marjorie Finlay
1928 - 2003
October 5, 1928
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee United States
June 1, 2003
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania United States
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Marjorie Finlay (Moehlenkamp)
Marjorie Finlay was born on October 5, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. According to her family tree, Marjorie was mother to 1 child. She married Robert Bruce Finlay, and they had a child Andrea Gardner Finlay. She died on June 1, 2003 in Reading, Pennsylvania at 74 years old.
Updated: December 11, 2020
Marjorie (Moehlenkamp) Finlay was born to Elmer Henry (1897-1972) and Cora Lee (Morrow) Moehlenkamp (1900-1962) and had a sister Virginia Humphrey (1924-2005). She married Robert Bruce Finlay (1920 -2003) on March 22nd 1952 in Palm Beach Florida. Bruce was president of Raymond Construction Co. A copy of her and Bruce's wedding announcement which appeared in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in St. Louis Missouri is below. It seems that Marjorie had a specific talent for music since that was her focus in high school through college. An article in the January 13 1962 St Louis Globe Democrat says that Marjorie, a native of St. Charles and former Lindenwood College student sang with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and the St. Louis Symphony at it's 3rd pop concert of the season. Marjorie was a soprano and sang 2 operatic arias: "Fanciulla Sbocciato d l'amore" (Puccini, "La Rondine") and the "Jewel Song" (Gounod's "Faust") She also sang several popular songs. Marjorie toured after graduation with the "Music With the Girls' network radio show (as a soloist.), and was described in the paper as "the attractive soprano". After marrying her husband Robert, whose work took him to Havana, Puerto Rico, then to Caracas and back to Puerto Rico, Marjorie sang with symphony orchestras and in opera at each city. In San Juan, she had her own tv program. Musical talent obviously runs in the family as she is the grandmother of the famous singer Taylor Swift. Track 13 on Taylor Swifts' album released on December 11 2020 is titled "marjorie" - a song dedicated to and about her grandmother. Scroll down to read the lyrics - they embody what all of us feel when someone we love and admire passes and what AncientFaces is all about. In the 1930 census, Marjorie (age 1) was living with her grandparents Henry J. (age 72) and Emma (age 66) Moehlenkamp. Also in the St. Louis MO household were her parents and Martin (age 35), Irene (age 35), Ruth (age 16), and Virginia (age 5) Moehlenkamp.
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Marjorie Finlay
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Marjorie (Moehlenkamp) Finlay
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Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19611
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Marjorie Finlay was born on in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee United States
Marjorie Finlay died on in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania United States
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Caucasian - ancestors are from Germany.

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US Citizen: Born in Tennessee, she lived in many places in South America due to her husband's construction company, and really excelled in Puerto Rico. She died in Reading Pennsylvania.


Marjorie attended St. Charles High School in Saint Charles Missouri and then graduated from Lindenwood College (1949) and was a member of the sorority Mu Phi Epsilon. She also attended Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, Massachusetts.


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Marjorie was an entertainer who had great success in South America and before she was married was a guest soloist with a NBC and CBS network show "Music With The Girls". She was also very popular in Puerto Rico, entertaining for an hour each night on APA-TV in Santuce P.R. on the television show "El Show Pan-Americano". A copy of a newspaper article about her career is below.

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Marjorie dedicated much of her life to the appreciation of music and entertaining. Beginning at a young age in high school through college and then of course in her adult life performing in the States but also abroad particularly in South America.

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Every night, via television, thousand of Puerto Ricans are charmed and entertained by a lovely young woman, a former St. Charlesan. She is Marjorie Mochlenkamp Finlay. Known professionally as Margie Finley, she is mistress of ceremony, sharing m.c. duties with Pumerejo, well known entertainment personality from Cuba, on a variety program, "El Show Pan Americano," for an hour each night on APA-TV in Santuce, P.R. The program has a more or less Jack Parr format... The professional world of entertainment was not new to Margie when she entered the television field. She did concert work in several South American countries, and before her marriage was guest soloist with a network show, "Music With the Girls," heard both on NBC and CBS for fifteen months. She has sung with the Puerto Rico Symphony and had leading roles in musical productions and light operas in South America...This spring she entered a new field when she vut her first LP record album in Mexico...Her most recent foray into a new entertainment medium was a two-week engagement at the LaConcah Room at the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico. Her parents had always discouraged her from doing supper club work, and she accepted the engagement only after assuring them that "this will be very dignified." Newspaper reviews from Puerto Rico indicate that her debut was met with enthusiasm as had never been seen in the LaConcha Room before. For Margie Finlay has become the darling of the island...Puerto Ricans describe her as having "the girl next door manner." Each night as she leaves the studio she is surrounded by fans of all ages... When she was a high school student, she became a pupil of Miss Pearl Walker, music professor at Lindenwood. She continued to study under Dr. Walker, for whom she has superlative praise, until she graduated from LC in 1949. She returned to the campus in 1953 to give a concert. After college came the radio show which she left to study at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, Mass. She did further study in New York. She married to Robert Finley, president of Raymond Construction Co...He took his bride to live in Havana, his home office at the time, but as Cuban political unrest grew the business was moved to PUerto Rico. From there the Finlays went to Venzuela, until the revolutionists dampened construction activities there...Now they are back in Puerto Rico, living in Santurce, a suburb of San Juan. The Finlays are the parents of two daughters, aged 3 and 4, who are now enjoying a visit with their grandparents in St. Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Mohlenkamp, whil Margie and Bob spend a month's holidy in Europe...Reprinted from The St. Charles Banner-News.
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on Dec 11, 2020 1:25 AM
[Verse 1] Never be so kind You forget to be clever Never be so clever You forget to be kind [Pre-Chorus] And if I didn't know better I'd think you were talking to me now If I didn't know better I'd think you were still around [Chorus] What died didn't stay dead What died didn't stay dead You're alive, you're alive in my head What died didn't stay dead What died didn't stay dead You're alive, so alive [Verse 2] Never be so politе You forget your power Nevеr wield such power You forget to be polite [Pre-Chorus] And if I didn't know better I'd think you were listening to me now If I didn't know better I'd think you were still around [Chorus] What died didn't stay dead What died didn't stay dead You're alive, you're alive in my head What died didn't stay dead What died didn't stay dead You're alive, so alive [Bridge] The autumn chill that wakes me up You loved the amber skies so much Long limbs and frozen swims You'd always go past where our feet could touch And I complained the whole way there The car ride back and up the stairs I should've asked you questions I should've asked you how to be Asked you to write it down for me Should've kept every grocery store receipt 'Cause every scrap of you would be taken from me Watched as you signed your name: Marjorie All your closets of backlogged dreams And how you left them all to me [Chorus] What died didn't stay dead What died didn't stay dead You're alive, you're alive in my head What died didn't stay dead What died didn't stay dead You're alive, so alive [Outro] And if I didn't know better I'd think you were singing to me now If I didn't know better I'd think you were still around I know better But I still feel you all around I know better But you're still around
Kathy Pinna
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on Dec 11, 2020 1:06 AM
The following appeared in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper in St. Louis Missouri on Sunday February 24th 1952: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer H. Moehlenkamp of St. Charles have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Marjorie Moehlenkamp, to Robert Bruce Finlay. He is the son of Mrs. Lance G. Finley of Bronxville, N.Y., and the late Mr. Finlay. The Moehlenkamp family will leave early in March for Palm Beach Fla., where the wedding will take place Mar. 22. During their stay they will be at Casa Rosada. An alumna of Lindenwood College, where her sorority was Mu Phi Epsilon, the bride-to-be attended Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, Mass., last summer. She spent the early winter in New York. Her elder sister is Mrs. Donald M. Humphrey of Victorville, Cal. Mr. Finlay, who lived in St. Louis for two years, is now in Havana, Cuba, on an engineering project. He attended Princeton University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia. The bridegroom-elect, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, is a brother of Mrs. Duane Smith of Bronxville.
Daniel Pinna
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on Dec 10, 2020 11:11 PM
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Marjorie Finlay, mother to 1 child, passed away on June 1, 2003 in Reading, Pennsylvania at age 74. She was born on October 5, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. According to her family tree, she married Robert Bruce Finlay, and they had a child Andrea Gardner Finlay.

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In 1928, in the year that Marjorie Finlay was born, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1947, by the time she was 19 years old, in June, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover economically from World War II. It passed the conservative Republican Congress in March of 1948. After World War I, the economic devastation of Germany caused by burdensome reparations payments led to the rise of Hitler. The Allies didn't want this to happen again and the Marshall Plan was devised to make sure that those conditions didn't arise again.

In 1959, by the time she was 31 years old, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1969, she was 41 years old when on January 20th, Richard M. Nixon became the 37th President of the United States. Previously the Vice President to President Eisenhower, Nixon was the only President to resign in office - in his second term.

In 1987, she was 59 years old when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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