Marcia Alden Clark Charest (1930 - 2017)

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Marcia Alden Clark Charest, 86
WESTBROOK - Marcia Alden Clark Charest was reunited with her beloved Gerry on June 11, 2017. She passed away peacefully at Avita of Stroudwater in Westbrook, where she had made her home for the last two years. (Gerry passed away in January 2017).
Marcia was born on July 27,1930, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and was a direct descendant of John and Priscilla Alden of the Mayflower. A graduate of the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, Marcia attended Westbrook College as a young woman.
Marcia was a Certified Profession-al Secretary and worked at Yale University, the University of Hartford (where her four children went to college); for the town manager of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Marcia completed her bachelor's degree at Eckerd College, graduating summa cum laude at the age of 70 -- it was one of her proudest moments.
Marcia was married to Gerald Charest in 1954. They were inseparable for more than 62 years. They have four children and two grandchildren: Anne Hayes and husband George and their children Brittany and Ashley; Mary Telford and husband Tom; Peter; and Kate Jones and husband Fred.
Marcia and Gerry raised their family in Manchester, Connecticut. For many years Marcia was a tireless volunteer for the PTA, Girl Scouts, and the Lutz Children's Museum. When their children were grown, Marcia and Gerry moved to the Rhode Island shore.
They traveled extensively through the United States and Europe and spent most of their time between Maine and Florida, as Mom loved the shore and the sunny Florida weather; she was happiest sitting in the sun with her Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee.
Marcia loved to read and travel and developed an interest in finishing antique furniture. She was also a volunteer counselor at a women's prison in Rhode Island. Her children have never been able to figure out how she found the time to do everything that she did.
She was happiest being with her husband and family. She guided her children with many life lessons, including the importance of education, doing one's best, putting others above oneself, accepting what life gives you with courage and grace, and being grateful no matter what the circumstances.
After Gerry's passing in January of this year, Marcia bravely went on.
A special thanks to the loving and devoted staff at Avita of Stroudwater and Compassus hospice.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen."

A private celebration of Marcia's life will be held this fall on Cape Cod where she and her family shared many happy memories over the years. The family asks you to remember them in your prayers during this challenging time.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 13, 2017
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