Marjorie L. Luce

Oct 30, 2019
Marjorie Luce

Camden — Marjorie was a Midwest girl, born in Pekin, Illinois, in the early summer of 1920.

She was named for her mother, Marguerite, and was the youngest of three, until her twin sisters were born when she was nine. Her mother passed shortly thereafter, and Marge and her sibling’s lives were thrown into turmoil. They lived with various family members from that time on. Marge and her brother, Bob, were inseparable, and helped each other through that difficult time.

She met the love of her life in Dearborn, Michigan, at her high school choir, when a handsome upperclassman, Ed Luce, gave her a wink from the bass section, across the room, to where she stood with the altos.

“The rest is history,” as the saying goes. They eloped in April of 1940. Marjorie was reluctant to leave her much loved job as a telephone operator, but back in that day and time, when a woman wanted to start a family, jobs were left behind.

On the sly, in the early days of her marriage, Marge took the bus to Detroit to try out for a soloist spot with the Woody Herman Band, prompted by an ad she’d seen in the paper. She was unprepared, and sang from sheet music provided. She didn’t follow up, but perhaps just fantasizing about singing with a big band was excitement enough.

Marge and Ed had three children, Barbara, Jonathan, and Rebecca. They lived full and busy lives in Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Chicago. Edward died eight months after their 50th wedding anniversary. Music had remained a binding and cherished thread in their lives together.

After Ed’s death, Marge moved to Perrysburg, Ohio, for a few years, to be closer to her son Jon and his family. She then made the trek to Maine, and settled near Becky and Doug Thompson and their sons, whom had just opened Rockport Chocolates. This was a great boon for Marjorie, who had always had an insatiable sweet tooth that she blamed on the Irish side of her family, or was it the German side…or maybe both? She delighted in helping at the shop, and even had a chocolate named in her honor: “Marge’s Marvelous Marshmallow Morsels.”

Marge joined the choir at the Camden Congo Church, and sang there for many years.

She had her own gift shop when she and Ed lived in Winchester, Mass. so volunteering at the Pen Bay Hospital gift shop was natural for Marge, (that is until the electronic cash registers caused her too much consternation.)

Marge then followed her heavy heart back to Dearborn, M.I., to spend time with firstborn, Barb, who was diagnosed with cancer. She spent two rich but difficult years there with Barb and her family. She returned to Maine following Barb’s passing.

Marjorie settled into a cottage at Quarry Hill upon her return, and was part of the Quarry Hill community until her passing.

Marge loved shopping, Reny’s being an ever favorite destination. She enjoyed dining at the Waterfront Restaurant with family and her favorite little red head, Mo. She loved holding babies, watching children and petting animals. She was fascinated with our ever-changing Maine skies, and never tired of spotting jets and admiring birds and puffy clouds with her keen eyesight and exclaiming over the beautiful hues of blue.

Marjorie was a great believer in the art of flirtation, and never lost her appreciation of a “ good looking guy.” She drove a big ol’ Thunderbird until she turned 92, (with no accidents to her name), and was greatly disheartened to give up that freedom.

Marge had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed a smutty joke or two. She especially cherished time with family, and sharing a meal with loved ones.

Marjorie was independent by nature, had determination and an inner strength that kept her going strong for 99 years. Those qualities combined with her humor allowed her to live her later years with grace in spite of the indignities that accompanied her advanced age.

We, her family, want to thank all whom have helped over the years with Mom’s care, in all ways, big and small. We are grateful that she is relieved of her struggles and challenges. We will sorely miss her presence.

For anyone wanting to give in Mom’s memory, a gift to P.A.W.S., or Pope Memorial animal shelters, New Hope For Women or Knox County Homeless Coalition, are all organizations doing important work in our communities.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Oct 30, 2019 14:05

What a lovely and also humorous tribute to a long life, well-lived.

-Phyllis Merriam

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