Marjorie Claire 'Margie' Gauss

May 15, 1929 - Apr 15, 2012


Marjorie “Margie” Claire Gauss passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012, one month shy of her 83rd birthday. She is survived by her three daughters Debbie Gorman and husband Richard, Karen Gauss, and Colleen Gauss and fiance David Ament; granddaughter Kelly Eckels and her husband Joseph and her great-grandson Brendan; brother Floyd Lehne and wife Nellda; sister, Betty Fleming; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Margie was predeceased by husband Jim; and brothers Ernie Lehne and Bill Fleming.


Born in Audubon, Minnesota on May 15, 1929, Margie landed in Cleveland then Columbus, Ohio after marrying James “Jim” Barry Gauss in 1952 while both served in the United States Navy. Margie’s stint in the Navy included time as a stewardess aboard military flights during the Korean War, as well as some office time.


Margie and Jim loved California so much during their Navy time that they packed up daughters Debbie and Karen and headed west in 1957 to find a new home there. After exploring several cities, they finally settled in Concord in 1961, where daughter Colleen was born, and where they lived until moving to Oakhurst in Clayton in 1990. After Jim’s passing in 1997, Margie and daughter Karen continued to live in Oakhurst until relocating to Del Webb Glenbrooke in Elk Grove in 2010 to be close to daughter Debbie and her family.


Margie and Jim were avid bridge players for many years where they made lots of wonderful friends. Margie also enjoyed gardening and if it wasn’t raining, you’d find her in the garden where she took much pride in caring for her flowers and other plants. She also loved to read so on rainy days, she’d often be laid back with a new book or two. The last year and a half, Margie’s greatest joy was her great-grandson Brendan who would sit on her lap and look at books, both with big smiles on their faces.


East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary has been entrusted with Margie’s final arrangements.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Arbour Lodge at Glenbrooke, 7700 Del Webb Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95757, 916-714-1010. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to one of the following – St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Smile Train, Alzheimer’s Foundation.


Margie was a very caring and giving lady who will forever be in the hearts of all those who loved her so much. One of her favorite quotes is by Fran Caffey Sandin, “I have felt assured that I do not have to fear the future because God is already there.“ We love and miss you so much. Until we meet again.


  • Betsy Caporale says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Marge’s passing. She was such a wonderful and supportive friend of the family. We are thinking of the Gauss girls during this difficult time.

  • Barbara Bramlett says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Marge. She was such a good friend to our mom in her later years. We will remember her fondly.. Our thoughts are with you all.

  • Sharon Predoehl says:

    Dear Karen, Debbie and Colleen and all the family, You all have been in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May the fond memories of Margie give you smiles and comfort during this difficult time. With much love, Sharon Predoehl

  • Ines L. Penteker says:

    Dear Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, our prayers are with you. Unfortunately I was not able to attend due to difficulty in walking. We wish you God’s blessing at this difficult time. Ines and John

  • Jena, Glyn and Haley says:

    Growing up with Kelly, I affectionately knew her as “Gammy”! She always had a smile on her face and always welcomed you with a hug and kiss. She always had genuine concern to see how you were doing and you could always tell how much she cherished her family and loved ones. I am so sad to hear that she has passed on to Heaven, but I know without a doubt she is up there with her husband now smiling down on all of you! Debbie, Karen, Colleen and Kelly….. I love you all so much and wish I was there to hug you. Praying for your hearts and remembering Gammy with a fond “smile”, With Love, Jena

  • Norma Smith says:

    Debbie, Karen and Colleen, I am so sorry for your loss, just wanted you girls to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Norma

  • Dawn Golby says:

    We wish that we could be at the services, but we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you Love Dawn, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Kris and Maria

  • Peggy Hooper says:

    I will not be able to attend the celebration of life and I send my sincere condolences. After I met Margie, it was 6 months before I new her real name….I just knew her as Mom.

  • Bob & Melanie Taylor says:

    Debbie & Karen, Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this most difficult time. Please know we love you both and are saddened by the loss of your mother. Stay strong for each other. God Bless. Love, Melanie and Bob.

  • Kathy Vernon says:

    We’re saddened by your loss,and our prayers go out to your family. We all enjoyed getting to know Margie on our visits. Love, Verne Vernon, Will & Kathy Vernon, Kathy Rogers, Darlene Girtch, Millie Simms, Sandra Johnson, Cassandra Nordyke, Marilyn Christian, Marcia Crites, Karen Vernon

  • Jane and Mike Berni says:

    What wonderful memories we have of our times with the Gausses! Sorry that we can not be with you all on Sunday. Love, Jane and Mike

  • Stephanie Diani and Tim Burns says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. And as I told Colleen, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet and hang out with Margie a few times over the years. She was very sweet and I always enjoyed chatting with her. Lots of love, Tim and Steph

  • Glade Gaffney says:

    Sorry I won’t be able to attemd the Sevice. Will always think about when I play the 12th hole at Oakhurst.

  • Mrozowski Family says:

    I have so many great memories with Mr and Mrs Gauss. Because of them I was able to try snow skiing, water skiing, and when I would get in trouble hanging out too late with Colleen Mrs Gauss would call my mom and get me out of trouble so I could go to Santa cruz and hang out with Colleen. When in high school she encouraged me and Colleen to get involved. Because of her I joined Radio in High School. She also did a baby shower for my mom when she was expecting Nicholas. My mom never had one before and it meant alot to her. The way she cared and helped I will never forget. She will be missed.

  • Linda Midden says:

    Colleen and family…I was extremely fortunate to know your mom only a few years but what a sweet, lovely woman she was!! My love and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  • muriel mcintyre says:

    Memories of love and friendship are treasures to confort you. my love to all the family. Muriel

  • janet volpe says:

    karen,colleen,debbie, kelly, and spouses– my love and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow. just remember she is in a better place. janet

  • Patti O"Shea Thelen says:

    I was so sad to hear about your mom. She was such a sweet and caring lady.

  • Bill & Irene Nelson says:

    Karen and family, we are so saddened by the passing of our lovely Margie and we have fond memories of having you as our neighbors in Clayton. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

  • John and Beth (Lehne) Williams & family says:

    Aunt Margie was always a lady and a gentle soul. She will be missed. With our prayers and love, John, Beth, John II and Rachel

  • Lambert Chee MD says:

    My sincere condolescences to the family. I remember her as a kind, gentle and supportive soul who had a smile for everyone.

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