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In Memory Of Our Poets

Mrs. Marjorie Jeanne Dubina (English, Guidance Coun. 1959 -1968)

Marjorie Jeanne Dubina, born February 4, 1924, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 21, 2016, just two weeks shy of her 92nd birthday. She graduated with honors from Indiana University in 1946 with majors in both English and journalism and from Troy State University in 1970 with a M.Ed. in English.

Mrs Dubina leaves behind her son, Judge Joel and Beth Dubina of Montgomery, Alabama, son, Daniel and Vicky Dubina, of San Diego, California and daughter, Kate and Henry Seawell, of Perdido Beach, Alabama, as well as first cousin, Walt (Barbara) Abel of Temple Terrace, Florida.

She leaves behind nine grandchildren: Britton (John) Laughlin, Congresswoman Martha (Riley) Roby, Mitchell (Mandy) Dubina, Hannah (Wael) Tadros, Sarah (Tristan) Davenport, Emily Dubina, Joel (Stacey) Seawell, Henry (Kristyn) Seawell, Daniel Seawell and eleven great-grandchildren: Jack, Elizabeth and Miles Laughlin, Margaret and George Roby, Elise and Mitchell Dubina, Jameson, Everleigh, George and Emily Seawell.

In addition, nieces and nephews Melissa (Joe) Spangler, Mark (Katy) Dubina and Bruce Dubina, great nephews Nicholas and Daniel Kaplan and great niece Katherine Dubina, and close personal friends Hazel Quiggins, Betty Brislin, Helen Till, Betty Little and Anne Richardson and her many fellow educators and students.

Marjorie married her husband George at the end of WWII in Washington, D.C. They later moved to Washington, D.C. where George, who served in the War Crimes Section of the Office of Strategic Services during the war, was instrumental in putting together the evidence the United States used to prosecute top Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg War Trials in Nuremberg, Germany. The OSS became the Central Intelligence Agency and it was after the U.S. Government wanted to send George to China, he and Marjorie began looking for other opportunities.

In 1950, they moved to Montgomery, Alabama where George became Command Historian at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base. He served in that position until his death in 1975.

In 1959, Marjorie began teaching English at Sidney Lanier High School until Jefferson Davis High School opened where she continued teaching and serving for a brief time as a guidance counselor. Her real love, however, was the classroom. Her last move was to The Montgomery Academy where she became head of the English Department and for whom an award in her honor for excellence in English is given each year at graduation.

After she retired, she continued in public service working as a pink lady at Baptist South for over 20 years, as a Volunteer in Police Service at the Montgomery Police Department for which she received an award and as a receptionist at her beloved Trinity Presbyterian Church. She also did volunteer work in her retirement at MACOA's Meals on Wheels, Patterson School and Landmarks Foundation.

The family wishes to thank the staff at John Knox Nursing Home for the superb care they gave Marjorie and also to the many sitters who attended to her during her illness.

There will be a private family burial on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a service of celebration at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church with visitation afterwards in the Westminster Room.

Pallbearers will be grandsons John Laughlin, Riley Roby, Mitchell Dubina, Joel Seawell, Henry Seawell and Daniel Seawell. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Bloodworth Sunday School Class.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1728 South Hull Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, Montgomery Christian School, 1728 South Hull Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, or to the charity of your choice , particularly one that feeds the needy.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2016.