Marjorie Elaine (Baylard) Annis, 93 formerly of Overland Park, recently of Leawood, KS passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Oak Creek, Colorado on August 9th, 1928, the only daughter of Floyd William and Lucille Elizabeth (Beck) Baylard. She had one sibling, brother Floyd William “Bill,” who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her mother, father, husband (Roy), and grandson Dylan Annis.
After marrying her only husband, Roy, they lived together in their first home, a Quonset hut just south of Evans on Decatur St., in Denver. For their oldest child, Michael, this was also his first home. After moving, the Quonset was converted then administered by her mother Lucille into the first Colorado school for developmentally disabled and named "The Sheltered Workshop," where Marjorie's brother received his opportunity for an education. As a girl she would twirl baton as a majorette in Denver American Legion parades, encouraged by her father who served in WWI [U.S. army] and WWII [U.S. navy]. From her experience, Marjorie influenced her older daughter, Debra Sue, to become a majorette in high school.
Marjorie, "Margie," was known as feisty and fiercely independent, smart, and very talented. As a result of her academic acumen, she was able to skip two grades, and then graduated from West High School in Denver. She was considered to be a voracious reader. She valued and maintained lifelong friendships with many of her high school chums, who formed a group, JUGS (Just Us Girls). Seeing them would be a priority during reunions or visits to Colorado.
Ahead of her time, Marjorie established and ran a highly successful small secretarial service called Personal Secretarial Service for many years, offering independent professionals a personalized, reliable, and confidential work product. Her youngest daughter, Patti, worked alongside her observing the skills, dedication, and good work ethic necessary to operate a small business. While they lived in Overland Park, KS, she and her husband, Roy, could be found most weekends relaxing on their houseboat at the Lake of the Ozarks. It was a highlight for her and her children and grandchildren to spend a week or weekends “at the lake” with them. They also loved to have friends and family stay a weekend on their houseboat where they would entertain them with music, swimming, fishing, and cruising the lake. Marjorie was known for her wonderful hospitality and great home-cooked meals that she would prepare for friends and family at the lake, or at home during the holidays. She passed along her love for baking and cooking to her youngest daughter, Patti, who she would sit on the countertop to watch her prepare many baked goods and special dishes. Everyone especially loved holiday time when she would make her dozens of Italian pizzelles that she would share with her family. This family tradition was passed on to her daughters. Her Italian style spaghetti--from a family recipe--was legendary. Margie loved to country line dance with her husband and for several years after they retired would even travel out-of-state for the opportunity to dance. Marjorie and her husband Roy were faithful church members of Christ Church in Overland Park, KS. Later in life, while living in Arizona, she took up tap dancing with a local Phoenix, AZ club, volunteering to perform for veterans and other groups. She was a lifelong advocate for, and dedicated supporter of, the U.S. Military. She enjoyed knitting, reading, golfing, attending craft shows, and was a loyal KC Chiefs fan.
Marjorie was happy to return to Kansas in 2016 to live the remaining years of her life with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed being able to spend holidays once again with them. She especially enjoyed going out to dinner with them for a good steak and a glass of Chardonnay.
Marjorie leaves behind her son Michael (Alison) Annis, daughter Sue (Bob) Dunlap, daughter Patti (Kurt) Schewe and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In lieu of a service, her family will have a private Celebration of Life for her in Denver, Colorado [date to be determined] where she will be laid to rest alongside her family.