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Mrs. Marjorie P. (Buffum) Wright, age 96, of Belding, passed away Wednesday evening, October 27, 2010 in Greenville. The daughter of Allen & Pearl (Graves) Oachampaugh, she was born on October 5, 1914 in Grand Rapids and was a graduate of Creston High School.

On June 21, 1935 she married the Rev. Earl F. Buffum and together they served Baptist churches in Stanton, Lyons, and Romeo until retiring to Florida. He preceded her in death in 1956.

Later she married Bernard Wright and they made their home in Ruskin, Florida where they owned a retirement park, as well as an orange grove. Bernie preceded her in death in 1983.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harold Oachampaugh, who was killed in combat in Sicily during World War II; two sisters, Bonita Oachampaugh and Betty Geysbeek; two precious infant children, Mary Pearl Buffum and Bruce Buffum; and two step-grandsons, Jack Keech and Brian Keech.

Marjorie was a Womens Freestyle Archery State Champion and enjoyed tarpon fishing.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, David & Evelyne Buffum of Belding; two grandchildren, Bruce Allen & Becky Buffum of Gowen, and Terri & Joe Ondo of Navarre, Florida; a step-granddaughter, Sherry & Robert Rachel of Colfax, Louisiana; five great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Buffum and Arlene DeBryan; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m.  The Rev. Rolla J. Timmons will officiate and burial will take place privately at Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Ionia Area Hospice. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Marjories online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 am


    11/02/2010 –

    Roger Buffum

    Dear David, Evelyn and family. I was very sad to learn of the death of Aunt Margie. My sincere love and sympathy to you all as you move forward. She will be remembered not only for her life but for the life she gave to you and your own children. God bless you all. Love, Roger & Dawn Buffum

    11/01/2010 –

    Brenda and Duane Brown

    Remembering one so loved by all the family.

    11/01/2010 –

    Diane (Buffum) Harwood

    Dear David and Evelyn, Mort and I were sorry to hear about your mother’s death. I wanted very much to be there for the funeral but had a prior commitment. “Aunt Margie” was a warm and caring person and I always liked it when she was present for a family gathering. You can surely take comfort in the loving home you provided for her during the last years of her life. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Diane

    10/29/2010 –

    Bill& Caroline Ellsworth

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