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Marjorie Katherine Templeton September 26, 1925 - December 30, 2022

Marjorie Katherine Templeton, 97, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022, peacefully at her home. She was born on September 26, 1925, in Newport, KY, the only child to the late Edward & Margaret Hauser. Marge attended Newport High School and graduated in 1943. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College in 1968, her Master’s degree from Xavier University in 1976, and her Doctorate from University of Cincinnati in 1983. She married William Albert Templeton in 1956 in Newport KY. Marjorie dedicated her life’s work within school systems throughout Northern Kentucky, being instrumental in the development and growth of gifted education in Kentucky and an advocate in the area of Special Education before retiring in 2015. Marge’s passion for martial arts began in 1976 and continued through the summer of 2022, reaching an 8th degree black belt in taekwondo. She loved to travel, scuba dive, and spend time with her closest friends. Marjorie is survived by her two daughters Julie Evans and Joni Skinner. Her four grandchildren Kristina May, William Evans, Matthew Hayes, and Elizabeth Shinkle, as well as 7 great grandchildren. The family would like to send a special THANK YOU to St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas Hospital & Staff, St. Elizabeth Hospice Edgewood, & John Smiley from Help’s Right Here.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 2-4 pm at Fares J. Radel Funeral Home-Newport.


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    Sharon McGee says

    We are so sorry to hear of Marge’s passing. She was a great diving buddy. We went to Bonaire many times. She was a wonderful lady!

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    Mark sustaire says

    I will miss her. She was such an inspiration to us all. We had lots of laughs.

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    Todd ,Susan Droege and GTMA family says

    Sr Master Templeton touched so many of us in so many ways. It was a honor to know her

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    Judy & Tom says

    Such a phenomenal lady! Here’s to a life well lived and loved! Hugs for you all!

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    Vassa Neimark says

    I will always love you Marge…your inner and outer beauty, strength and courage have been remarkable to get to know. Thank you for coming into this sphere during my lifetime. Blessings to your amazing family.

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    Debbie Fischer says

    Marjorie was a gem! I so enjoyed our visits when she came to the bank. We became friends and I was honored to know her. Joni, know that I’m thinking of you.

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    Rick, Soomi and Nick Abair says

    Our sincere condolences to the family and friends. We trained, laughed, climbed, together and were members of the Sword Masters and Starbucks club at tournaments! She was an inspiration to so many. I respected, admired and loved her. What a life well lived, blessings.

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      Thomas Kenner says

      Though the mighty presence of the tall pine may be gone/
      The uncounted seeds glory in the sun/
      Each with a fraction of that mighty spirit carried into a bright future/

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    Corina Black says

    Rest in peace. You were always so kind and always had a smile. In Songahm.

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    Dianna Serio says

    She was such an inspiration to so many. I often bragged about how amazing she was. I will cherish my photo of us together. Blessing to all her family and friends.

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    Peggy Hoogheem says

    Master Templeton was an inspiration to all, but especially the women of the ATA. Her lively and contagious smile and her kind heart is what I will remember most, she will be deeply missed! Deep Bow!

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    Jeanne Wardwell says

    Such an incredible woman Master Templeton. Love that my kids were able to work with her and learn from her. She was such a special person to our family. She will be missed by us all.

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    Greg Moody says

    She was a wonderful person to spend time with. She always seemed to light up the room (the whold building) when she was around. I will miss her!

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    Phil & Ann Minton says

    Ann and I developed a close relationship with Dr. Templeton over many years. Our relationship started when Richard Hamilton had his School in Newport, KY. After his move to Atlanta, Mr. Jack Hauswirth took over the Newport School. After Mr. Hauswirth left, Marge asked me to become her Instructor. We traveled to Newport, KY many times to train and be a guest instructor at her Club/School. She was gracious and always had us be her guest. She found her place in our ATA family. Marge was a world traveler and we enjoyed taking many trips together. We laughed, cried, partied, and trained in martial arts together. We became close to her two daughters (Julie & Joannie) We didn’t always agree and she definitely was a strong willed person, but we found we could agree to disagree. She also made her place in the educational world in Kentucky.
    Condolences to Julie and Joannie and their families. RIP Marge, you will be missed by many.
    Grand Master Nominee Phil and Ann Minton.

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    Barry Wells says

    What a beautiful person Master Templeton was. As our family became black belts under her instruction, we became a more cohesive family and respected her dearly. RIP Master Templeton, Shi ut.

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