Andy Ross Dilley Marshall of New London, N.H., spouse of the late Malcolm Marshall, mother, author, active community member, and sportsman, died March 2nd, 2013 at home. She was 82. Born and raised in Eastbourne and the Lake District in England, Andy lived in Newton for much of her life. She later resided in New London, N.H. Andy graduated from Huyton Girls College, England and attended the University of California at Berkeley. She was a dedicated tennis player, a protg of Tom Stow and top twenty player on the US Tennis Circuit winning many regional championships, often partnering with her twin sister, Joan Soule. Andy was a Wimbledon Tournament and Forest Hills player. She assisted Gladys Heldman in creating World Tennis magazine and was its first editor and writer. Throughout her life she was an avid diarist and writer, publishing several books of fiction and collections of poetry. Andy was an enthusiastic and generous supporter of adventures for school children and founded, in 1968, Community Ventures in Newton, MA. The charity provided school field trips, novel for the time, to the many historical and other sites around Boston in order for students to experience first hand the excitement of our heritage and community. In 1974, she was awarded Freedoms Foundation Schoolmans Award for creating an innovative elementary school program. Andy also received the Newton City Award for notable community and charitable service. Andy was an energetic and devoted member of Grace Episcopal Church in Newton, MA. She also for many years was a great supporter of the acolyte and youth programs, and helped sponsor Cambodian refugee resettlements in the Newton area. One of her great pleasures was to have the Grace Church playground named in her honor. Andy was known for her great good will and love of life often encouraging kids with a great Hurrah, Hurrah! She occasionally preferred to drive a golf cart around town instead of a car, because as she says she could stop and chat with neighbors and kids. She welcomed all to her home. She will be remembered as a loving mother and wife, prolific writer, passionate and involved citizen, and dear friend. She is survived by her daughter JJ (Rich) Marshall-Scott of Bedford, N.H; her three sons, Duncan (Elise) of Dublin, CA, Roderick of New London, NH, and Gordon (Kathy) of Pomfret, VT; her twin sister Joan (Ross Dilley) Soule of Concord, MA; and her four grandchildren. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Compassionate Care Hospice, 25 Nashua Road #E3, Londonderry, NH 03053. A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldridge Street, Newtown, MA, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th. Hurrah!, you made the most of every day.
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Published in The Newton Tab from Apr. 13 to Apr. 20, 2013