Marjorie “Marge” Gerrish Knapp, 87, died the evening of Dec. 5, 2009, in the arms of and surrounded by her family.

Marjorie was the daughter of Laura Burton Gerrish and Neal Wheeler Gerrish. She graduated from Houlton High School and also attended Husson College.

Marjorie was born and raised in Maine. During World War II she lived in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and later moved to New Haven, Conn., and then Cranford, N.J., before returning home to Maine 35 years ago. She was a stay at home mom for many years before joining the workforce as a bookkeeper and then later as a companion for the elderly.

Marjorie lived a full and joyous life. Marge and her sisters, the “Gerrish girls,” enjoyed a very special relationship with each other that only grew stronger over the years, especially after the early loss of their parents. As a young mom she participated in many of her children’s activities and was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, and PTA president. Throughout her life she loved music, beautiful clothes and dancing, attending musicals and plays at every opportunity. She also loved reading, animals, family gatherings and long phone conversations with her sisters, children, friends and granddaughter. Family was particularly important to Marjorie and she enjoyed close relationships and regular visits. Family events were always filled with music, companionship, love and laughter. Marjorie was also an outstanding grandmother, participating fully in the lives of her grandchildren. She instilled in them her unwavering love and affection.

Marjorie had a knack for remaining positive, even when she was faced with life’s challenges. She also had the ability to be fully present and taught others the importance of enjoying every moment and to look for “silver linings.” Her connectedness with others made her relationships rich and deep, and countless people are thankful for having known and been touched by her spirit and compassion. Marjorie loved well and was well loved in return. She leaves a strong legacy of the power of kindness, respect, laughter and love. Her life was a life lived to the fullest, and friends and family are thankful they were able to share so much with her over the years.

 

Marjorie was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Donald and Charles Gerrish; her former husband, Dr. C. Lyndall Knapp; as well as a number of other beloved family members.

Marjorie is survived by her sisters, Margaret Scribner of Stratton and Mary McCutcheon of Scarborough; her children, Alan Knapp and his wife, Jill, of Los Altos, Calif., Jeff Knapp and his companion Cathy Cooper of Portland, Cynthia Pagiatakis and her husband, Christos, of Warren and Lisa Nash and her husband, Jay, of Falmouth; her grandchildren, Jeff Erskine and his wife, Brandy, of Waldoboro, Tim Nash of Falmouth, Ben Erskine of Stockton Springs, Laura Rodas and her husband, Cristian, of New Gloucester and Nick Goffredo and his wife, Denise, of Millington, N.J.; her great-grandchildren, Karissa and Madison Nash, Ian Erskine, William Rodas, Nigel Erskine, and Maddy Goffredo; her sister-in-law, Beatrice Gerrish of Burlington, Vt.; and many much-loved nieces, nephews and other extended family members as well as dear friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Foreside Community Church in Falmouth followed by a celebration of Marge’s life at the American Legion Hall in Falmouth.

The family expressed their grateful appreciation to all the staff at Sedgewood Commons for the compassion, gentleness and love that was shown to Marjorie each and every day during her last years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local animal refuge league or the American Stroke/Heart Association at donate.americanheart.org.