Marion Stevens

ROCKPORT — Marion Lee Stevens passed away peacefully May 30, 2021, at the age of 94.

She was born in Stamford, Conn., April 1, 1927, the third child of William and Marion Lee and graduated from Stamford High School, class of 1945. Marion attended the New York School of Design, where she excelled at dress design.

In her younger years she enjoyed being the catcher of the softball team and dancing.

It was the latter hobby that introduced her to a 6’4’ Navy sailor, Charlie Stevens, when she was a dance instructor and he came in for a lesson. She was a petite lady, all of 4’11,” gregarious and outgoing. He was stoic and reserved. They married at St. John’s Catholic Church in 1949.

Marion and Charlie raised their four children in Greenwich, Conn. She worked as an expert seamstress for Greenwich Hospital and was part of the sewing guild where she was credited with designing equipment covers and making dressings for people afflicted with leprosy.

In 1973, the Stevens moved to Owls Head, where they purchased the Owls Head Store, which they ran for 17 years. After selling the store, they moved to a home Charlie built in West Rockport.

Locally, Marion was the head of housekeeping and laundry at Camden Community Hospital and, “in retirement,” a beloved staff member of South School in Rockland. She was a “grandmotherly figure” for many of the students there, helping many with reading and math. She remembered this experience most fondly and spoke of it often.

As a mother and wife, Marion was a Girl Scout leader, an expert in crisis management and trips to the hospital, and a willing conspirator in the “Stevens Family Cross Country Road Trip” of 1967.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother Bill; sisters Dottie and Evelyn; and son Charles F. Stevens Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years Charles F. Stevens; daughter Deborah Parker (Bruce) of West Rockport; sons Jim Stevens (Maureen) of Thomaston and Alan Stevens of West Rockport; daughter-in law Vicki Stevens of Callahan, Fla.; sisters-in-law Valerie Stevens of Owls Head and Doreen Stevens of Fairfield, Conn.; long time friend Daphne Rich of Greenwich, Conn., and many nieces and nephews.

“Little Grandma” was the instigator of many adventures with her six grandchildren, an inspiration to her seven great-grandchildren, and friend to many. She had a full life. Just ask her, and she’ll say “everything is wonderful!”

There will be memorial Mass held Saturday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland. Please send condolences and remembrances c/o Alan Stevens, P.O. Box 204, West Rockport ME 04865.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta, where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page of the website at familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.