Marjorie E. Shaker passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021 at the age of 94. Marjorie was born on June 21, 1927 in Stamford, CT to the late James Carey Sr. and Edna Lindstrom Carey. She worked as an administrator for Viking Wire in Danbury, CT for many years before retiring to Daytona Beach, FL with her beloved husband, the late Daniel M. Shaker.
She loved puzzles of any kind, but especially complicated jigsaw puzzles, and she always confidently completed her Sunday crossword puzzles in pen. With the Atlantic Ocean as her backyard (literally!) she loved nothing more than sitting at her table for hours on end looking for dolphins and people watching, but she could have done without the turtles! Another passion of hers was her local Elks Club the B.P.O.E. of Port Orange, FL - Lodge 2723; but in true Marjorie fashion, she was “thoroughly pissed off” that she couldn’t be an Elk herself. So, she set about changing that and in no time, she found herself being sworn in as their very first “Lady Elk,” of which there are now many.
Marjorie is survived by her son Ward (Laurie) Lyke and daughter Debbie (Bill) Gundel, eleven grandchildren: Dennis, Kerry, & Tracy; Nikki & Jodi; Kyle, Bryan, & Erik; and Ryan, Logan, & Kyle, and seven great grandchildren: Jakob & Tucker; Lila; Averi; and Jensen, Nathaniel, & Scarlett, as well as multiple nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her husband, she was also predeceased by her twin sons, Dennis & Kenneth Lyke, as well as her brother, James Carey Jr.
As an avid NASCAR fan, she and Danny traveled to many tracks across the States over the years, and she would volunteer outside the track in Daytona in the days leading up to the races. She proudly displayed ticket stubs, newspaper articles, and photographs of herself with the drivers she met from one end of her house to the other, leading her great granddaughters to proclaim her “Racing Grandma,” a nickname she proudly owned. As such, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to Victory Junction, a NASCAR themed camp for chronic and terminally ill children. Donations in her memory can be made at victoryjunction.org or mailed to 4500 Adam’s Way – Randleman, NC 27317.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, July 23rd at St. Peter’s Cemetery [Lake Ave Ext – Danbury, CT 06810] at 1 pm. The family requests that masks be worn at all times during the service.
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