Marian Manter Mosteller
ELIOT, Maine - Marian Manter Mosteller, formerly a longtime resident of Pleasant Street in South Eliot, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 28, 2013, in Kittery, Maine at the age of 100.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., on July 2, 1912, she was the daughter of Isaac and Alva (Young) Coonley. She attended local schools, continuing her education working as an accountant for a number of years.
She met and married her loving husband Col. Ralph M. Manter and together raised their family in Germany, Nashville and Georgia, settling in South Eliot, Maine, until his death in 1969.
A student of music at Vanderbilt University
, Marian was a talented organist. She worked for many years as the beloved music director for the First Congregational Church UCC of Eliot.
Marian later met and married her husband LCDR. William Mosteller and together they enjoyed many years of traveling through the United States, and cruising the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands on the Queen Elizabeth 2.
She was an avid gardener, paying particular attention to her beloved roses. She and Bill were longtime members of St. Johns Church in Portsmouth.
Most recently Marian made her home for over seven years at Sentry Hill in York Harbor, Maine.
Marian is survived by her daughters, Barbara Manter Barrett of Williamsport, Md. and Elizabeth Manter Naughton of Lexington, Mass.; grandchildren, Teresa Barnett Dumpe, Sandy Barnett, Kelly Lochridge Cormey and Wendy Catherine Lochridge; great-grandchildren, Edward John Dumpe, Scott Raymond Dumpe, Joseph Patrick Dumpe, Elizabeth Ann, Kelly Ann, Sarah Ann and Kiernan Ann Dobrosky, Nate Lochridge Cormey, Temperance Parker Cormey, Anna Catherine and Grace Elizabeth Cook; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceasd by her husband Bill in 2000 as well as a granddaughter, Susan Barnett Dobrosky, in 1996.
A memorial service will be celebrated on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. in her church, St. John's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, N.Y. 11787. Care for the Mosteller family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.
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