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Marie Louise Messenger, 84, of Satellite Beach, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2013, in Orlando, FL. Marie was born in Trenton, NJ, on June 18, 1928. Marie, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Markhoff, resided in Trenton working as an administrative assistant for the federal government during WWII. In fact, it was at a dance for soldiers in New Jersey that she met the love of her life, the late Glenn Messenger. Truly, it was love at first sight, as they married six months later and would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary last Veterans' Day.
Marie was ahead of her time with her dual careers as a military wife/mother and a full-time civil-service employee. At a time when a "working mother" was virtually unheard of, Marie ran the household and raised three children, while juggling her demanding career.
Those who came to know her, consistently described Marie as a strong woman, with her German heritage and persistent determination. As a military wife, she traveled to many places in the world, including New York, Las Vegas, Fort Dix and Germany. She raised a special-needs child with very few supportive services, other than her strong religious faith. She gave birth to the couple's second child on her own, while her husband was stationed in Korea. She birthed their third child at Patrick Air Force Base, where the family eventually settled and the couple retired. Marie worked for the government for many decades, assisting colonels and other military leaders, ultimately supporting the Space Program at PAFB. In her rare leisure time, she enjoyed swimming at the base pool and reading, especially fiction novels.
Marie is survived by her loving daughters, Charlene Messenger of Orlando, and Lorene Vanzandt of Sacramento; granddaughters, Larie Ward of Gainesville, and Andra Rictor of Sacramento; and brother, William (Bill) Markhoff of New Egypt, NJ. She was preceded in death by son, Garry in 2005; and husband, Glenn in 2012.
Marie was much loved by family and friends. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Be at peace, Mom.
Services will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:00 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 638 S. Patrick Dr., Satellite Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Marie's memory be sent to VITAS Hospice Charity Fund, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751 (www.VitasCharityFund.org).
Orlando Memorial Gardens
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 14, 2013