100 Women Wall of Honor
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Marguerite Thessin Axley

Marguerite “Marge” Thessin Axley (1932-2004) (BS 1954 Home Economics Education) was known for her skills in the textile arts, from weaving to quilting. Her sewing expertise was legendary by virtue of the 300 bow ties she made for her husband, Hartman Axley (BS 1952 Economics; LLB 1956 Law). While “Hart” finished his law degree, Marge taught high school home economics. After they decided to make Denver their home, Marge dedicated herself to family and community. She shared her many talents with several Denver organizations including the Gift Shop at the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Herb Garden and Metro Caring, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger. As a Camp Fire leader for 10 years, she guided seven young women, nurturing their self-confidence and leadership abilities. She was the proud mother of Colleen and Timothy and adoring grandmother to Johanna, Kathryn, Daniel, Alexandra and Luke. In every aspect of her life, Marge was a “human ecologist,” creatively solving problems and demonstrating compassion for others. No wonder her husband of nearly 50 years honored her legacy with a gift establishing an endowment in support of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.