Marjorie Score Thompson Bjerkager
Marjorie Bjerkager died on July 4, 2013 at the age of 92 in San Jose, CA.
Marjorie Eileen Lorraine Score was born to Axel and Lula (Conder) Score on a farm near Colfax on May 17, 1921. She graduated from Colfax High School.
She received work-study assistance from the National Youth Administration, a New Deal program, to become the first college graduate in her family. She made the honor roll and graduated from Ellendale Normal School with a two-year degree.
She worked for Convair in San Diego during World War II building B-24 Liberator Bombers, the plane her brother Wallace flew in Europe. On summer vacation in North Dakota she met and married William Richard Thompson. Their son, James Craig Thompson, was born in Fargo, on February 20, 1949, while Marjorie was employed teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Sheyenne Township.
After Marjorie and William divorced in 1951, she taught grade school in Hickson and Wyndmere before returning to San Diego in 1957. In 1958 she became a critic teacher, supervising student teachers for Mayville State Teachers College. She then moved to a teaching position in the West Fargo School System. She married Orville Maurice Bjerkager on June 2, 1959.
She was known as a master teacher and her writing was featured in North Dakota Teacher. She was named Reading Consultant in the West Fargo Schools where she coached teachers throughout the system resulting in greatly improved reading scores.
She completed her BS degree at Moorhead State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and received a fellowship to attend the New School (now the Center for Teaching and Learning) at the University of North Dakota where she earned a Masters Degree.
Marjorie was preceded in death by husband Orville Bjerkager, brothers Wallace and Franklin Score, and sister Phyllis (Reuben) Jones. She is survived by brother Donald Score of Concord, CA, son Jim Thompson, daughter-in-law Sandra Hietala (San Jose CA), grandson Gabriel Thompson, granddaughter-in-law Daniella Ponet, and great grandson Rafael Thompson Ponet (Oakland, CA). She left behind many relatives, friends, colleagues and students whose lives were enhanced by her presence in them.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 10 at Faith Lutheran Church, 127 2nd Avenue E, West Fargo, ND.
Memorial gifts can be made to the West Fargo Education Foundation, c/o West Fargo Schools, 207 Main Avenue W, West Fargo, ND 58078.