Marsha A. Jacobs

Apr 29, 2021
Marsha Jacobs

Rockland — The family of Marsha A. Jacobs sadly announces her passing April 24, 2021 at her home in Rockland.

Marsha, 73, was born in Damariscotta in 1947 and attended Lincoln Academy before moving to Rhode Island, where she lived and raised her children for 18 years before returning home in 1988.

Marsha was as tough as they come, a true Mainah and loved everything Maine had to offer. Multitalented, Marsha worked in a variety of professions before owning a home healthcare business for more than 20 years.

A lover of life, Marsha believed in the value of her friendships making friends wherever she went. An avid dog-lover, she could be seen walking the dogs at various nature preserves in the area.

Later in life, Marsha traveled extensively on trips to California, Florida, Vegas, New Mexico and many poker tables in between.

Marsha was the consummate mother. Not only did she raise eight of her own children, she seemed to embrace and “adopt” children as she went, providing guidance, love and strength to people too numerous to name. She could meet anyone where they were with a hug, joke, down-home-cooking or to tell where the bear pooped in the woods.

Marsha’s truest life treasures were the people whose lives she touched and the adventures she had with them. She simply loved to help and to make people happy. With Marsha, if you were in, it was for life…and if you were out…well…you knew it.

Marsha was predeceased by her parents Ernest and Gertrude (Prior) Young of Bristol; daughter Cathleen (Lafrenaye) Cribari of Warwick, R.I.; husband Robert “Jake” Jacobs of Nobleboro; brother Arthur Young of Eureka, Calif; nephews Thomas “Tommy” Brewer of Jefferson and Ronald “Ronnie” Young of Eureka, Calif; stepson Steven Jacobs of Damariscotta and beloved dog Harmony.

Marsha is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Georgia and Walter Brewer of Newcastle; seven sons and their spouses Ernest and Pamela Lafrenaye of Pascoag, R.I., Daniel and Jean Lafrenaye of Coventry, R.I., Philippe and Nexcy Lafrenaye of West Warwick, R.I., Jason and Stephanie Lafrenaye of Nobleboro, Justin and Cheri Lafrenaye of West Warwick, R.I., Richard Lafrenaye and Elaine Meade of Portland, and Chris and Sarah Lafrenaye of Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Marsha is also survived by stepchildren, Julie Jacobs of Gorham, Jenn Jacobs of Topsham and Ben Jacobs of Hampton, N.H.; ex-husband and friend Richard P. Lafrenaye of Coventry, R.I.; as well as 28 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

A walkthrough visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 30, at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. All guests are asked to wear a mask and enter and exit the building after a brief visit, giving all in attendance time and distance needed to greet the family.

A private graveside service will be held for her family in the Bristol Mills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Midcoast Humane, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick ME 04011.

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