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Dr. Marjorie Josephine Cram Chema died peacefully at her home in Williamsburg on Tuesday morning, Nov. 17, 2015, after succumbing to non-smoker’s lung cancer.
Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Leavitt Cram and the late Rosemarie Olivo Cram. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ramon Cram.
She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Dr. Michael H. Chema; her brothers, Carlos Cram, Ralph Cram; and her sister, Mary Cram.
Marjorie Chema graduated Commonwealth High School in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1967 and continued on to receive her 1971 bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and her 1979 Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.
Dr. Chema was the dental consultant at the Division of Health Care Services, DMAS, Commonwealth of Virginia in Richmond. She was a member of the Virginia Dental Association, the Mechanicsville Virginia Riding Club, the Belmead Riding Club and Stables and additionally, Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano. Marjorie will be remembered for her love of horses and her skills at gardening arrangements as a master gardener.
Dr. Marjorie Chema served our country in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service Dental Corps and established the Cram-Chema Dental practice in Exeter, New Hampshire.
In accordance with her wishes, Dr. Marjorie Chema will be cremated and her cremated remains scattered at a sentimental family location in Puerto Rico at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory, can be made to FrancisEmma, Inc., a non-profit organization currently located at Belmead on the James, 5004 Cartersville Road, Powhatan, VA 24139. This 2500 acre property, with a live-in castle, is dedicated to non-development and is an environment-protected site overlooking the James River. It is especially used for horse trail riding with overnight horsetrailor stays and soon became a favorite location for Dr. Chema to trailer her horses overnight with all of her riding companions.
Please leave online condolences for the family Bucktrout Funeral Home.
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