SOUTH HADLEY - Marjorie Duquenne, a resident of Loomis Village, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, attended by her family.
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Born in Lynn, Marjorie grew up in Salem where she graduated from Salem High and Secretarial School. She became a parish secretary for the Episcopal Church at St. Paul's, Holyoke, where she met and married Georges C. Duquenne. In 1950 they moved to Rye, N.H., where she lived for over 50 years.
Marjorie worked as a volunteer for Exeter Hospital in Exeter, N.H., eventually reaching the position of the director of the Board of Trustees.
As a master gardener in the 60's she helped her friend, Virginia Chisholm, replant Celia Thaxter's garden on the Isles of Shoals. Through donations and fees, they raised thousands of dollars for students at Cornell and the University of New Hampshire. In the same time period mom also became a founding member of the Rye Art Study group and an avid supporter of the Boston Symphony. Marjorie drove for meals on wheels and FISH, and she housed and served as mentor for two Cambodian refugees in the 1980's.
During the 70's, 80's and 90's Marjorie traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, West Africa and South and Central America, spending winters with her daughter and son-in-law who served there.
In 2003 Marjorie sold her home in New Hampshire and came to live six years with her daughter Janice Hanley in Northampton and a year with her son and daughter-in-law in Rye, N.H. Six years later Marjorie moved to Loomis Village where she lived happily until her death.
She walked everywhere and two days before she died, when she was confined to a wheel chair, she still considered her walking life. In her confusion she told her daughter that, "I want to take the long way home (by the ocean)."
Marjorie leaves a daughter Janice Hanley and her husband Tom, a son David Duquenne of North Hampton, N.H., and two granddaughters, Rachael Hanley and Julia Hanley, who live in the Pioneer Valley.
Memorial services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Northampton and St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea, Rye Beach, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Celia Thaxter's Garden.
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425 Prospect Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 9, 2013