|Coffman recognizes Marjorie Alexander: 90-year-old Marine veteran, folk artist|
WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., had a special guest visit his office in Washington today. On Feb. 13, Marjorie Alexander of Colorado celebrated her 90th birthday and the 70th anniversary of her enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The first day women could join the Marines was on Alexander’s birthday in 1943. Alexander served in Motor Transport in both North Carolina and California before attending Iowa State Teachers College to become a physical education teacher. After graduating, she taught in Iowa for two years. She visited Colorado in 1949 and 1950 to attend Girl Scout Camp in the San Luis Valley, and decided to move to Denver in 1951where she taught until she retired in 1983.
“Retirement has not slowed Marjorie down one bit,” Coffman said. “She is still finding new ways to serve her community and nation, especially through her art work.”
At the age of 86, Alexander bought her first computer, and started doing research for her artwork, including a piece called “A Walk through Time” for the 50th Anniversary of the Women Marines’ Association. She also did a folk art piece of Tun Tavern—the birth place of U.S. Marine Corps--which hangs in the National Museum of the Marine Corps’ Tun Tavern restaurant. Alexander’s Iraq and Afghanistan piece has been used as the Logo for the Colorado Yellow Ribbon Event in August 2012-a welcome home event for the troops in Colorado.
“Marge has been a loyal member of the Women Marines Association for many years and a staunch supporter of the Colorado chapter,” Paula Sarlls (USMC 67-71), past national president of the Women Marines Association said. “Marge was instrumental in helping to form the Women of the Corps Collection which saved the history of women Marines.”
Coffman presented Alexander a flag that was flown in her honor.