Mary Elizabeth 'Marilis' Hornidge

Jan 21, 2011

WALDOBORO — Mary Elizabeth “Marilis” Hornidge, 78, a resident of Dutch Neck Road, author and columnist for several local papers, died Jan. 20, 2011, at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta following a sudden illness.

Marilis was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 9, 1932, the daughter of John R. and Wilma Swinidler McCarroll. She is a graduate of Memphis schools and Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., with a bachelor of arts degree, and began work on her master’s degree there before marrying Henry T. Hornidge.

In the 1960s Marilis sailed with her husband in the Frostbite Fleet (winter sailboat racing) in Mamaroneck, N.Y., as well as during the summer season. Tiring of crewing for her husband, she struck out on her own and skippered her own boat, Frostbiting.

An active writer and author, she penned many short stories while raising her family. Moving to Waldoboro in 1975, into the home she built together with her husband, she authored two books, “That Yankee Cat” and “Christmas Tales,” as well as writing her columns: “The Book Bag” and “Tangents” which appeared in The Courier-Gazette and The Lincoln County News for many years.

As a book reviewer, she had the best of assignments, as she was a voracious reader of books, and she loved having publishers send many books her way.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Henry T. Hornidge of Waldoboro; a daughter, Patricia T. Hornidge of Bedford Hills, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Brendon W. Papa of Fleetwood, N.Y., and Shannon L. Papa of Gilbert, Ariz.; a brother, John R. McCarroll of Eads, Tenn.; a sister, Suzanne Warner of Louisville, K.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A spring service is planned and will be announced by the Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

To share condolences, memories and photos with the Hornidge family, visit their Book of Memories at

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Maine Media Women, P.O. Box 175, Round Pond, ME 04564.

Arrangements are with the Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro.

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