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Edwina M. Marble

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Edwina M. Marble, 89, a longtime resident of Southampton, NH and Amesbury, MA, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Blaire House of Tewksbury in Tewksbury, MA. Edwina was the wife of the late Norman R. Marble, who passed in 1995. Edwina was born in Amesbury on July 2, 1920 and was one of four children of the late Zygmont and Bronia Syvinski, whom many knew from their farm and roadside stand at Chair Hill Farm in Southampton. Edwina was raised in Amesbury and Southampton and spent many years working at Chair Hill. She befriended and helped many who came to the stand. Edwina also had numerous other roles and responsibilities throughout her life, including being supervisor at Sigtrans, where she worked on electrical wiring for the subs during WWII and helped wire the gates to the St. Lawrence River. Many of the old time locals and patrons also knew her from the days when she managed the Star Caf in downtown Amesbury. In her earlier years, she lived for a brief period in San Diego, CA, before returning to the Amesbury, Southampton area, where she stayed for the remainder of her life. Her last several years were spent in Exeter, NH and then Dracut, MA where she lived with her daughter, Melody Karen, for several years before moving to Blaire House in Tewksbury, MA. Edwina loved to dance and enjoyed many types of music but particularly liked country music. She was known to strum a tune or two and sing during gatherings with family and friends. Gardening was a passion for her; she enjoyed working the soil and, in her later years, focused on growing flowers. She was a good sport and had a wonderful sense of humor; her laugh was infectious and will be remembered by many her knew her. Edwina also was an excellent cook and her incredible holiday spreads will continue to be a topic of conversation and family lore. She also prepared jellies, jams, relishes and other homemade treats that she would make with her mother and daughters and sell at the stand. Customers would come from several states away to buy her homemade goods. Most importantly, Edwina knew and practiced the virtues of unconditional love and true friendship. She will be missed by many. Surviving Edwina are her son, Chet, and his wife, Anita, of York, ME; her daughter, Dianne Thomas, and her husband, Bill, of Stetson, ME; her son, Mark, and his wife, Laurin, of Plaistow, NH; her daughter, Melody Karen, and her fianc, Bill Lebednik, of Dracut, MA; and her twin brother, Keith, of Southampton, NH. Edwina also leaves her grandchildren, Debbie, Robert, Lei Lani, Phil, and JP, as well as 7 great grandchildren. For those who would like to donate in Edwinas memory, the family has requested that contributions be made to one or both of the following two organizations. Blaire House of Tewksbury - There has been a fund established at Blaire House to support their Comfort Suites program, which is a relatively new initiative at Blaire. As part of the program, two private rooms have been reserved exclusively for end-stage and hospice patients. The rooms are decorated in a home style and are designed to provide maximum comfort for the patient and family members. Personal belongings and dcor can be brought in to customize the room, offering loved ones familiar surroundings and a peaceful and loving place with privacy for both patient and family. The fund will enable Blaire to continue to improve the features of the rooms and provide even greater care and support to end-stage patients and their family members. Blaire is reciprocating this gesture by dedicating the room Edwina was in, to her, in her in loving memory; a plaque is being created and will be displayed permanently in the room. Please send donations in Edwinas name to: Blaire House of Tewksbury, 10 Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury, MA 01876, ATTN: Comfort Suites Fund, Paula Drelick, Administrator. The second organization is Compassionate Care Hospice, who provided additional care and comfort to Edwina over the last few months. Compassionate Care will use the donations to help provide items and services to hospice patients and their family members, in order to provide an even greater level of care and comfort. Please send donations in Edwinas name to:Foundation for Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3400, Woburn, MA 01801. Attn: Casey Cuthbert-Allman, Program Director. Special thanks and gratitude go to the staff at Blaire House and Compassionate Care for the clinical care and support they gave to Edwina. The overall level of physical and emotional support, compassion and sincere caring shown to Edwina and her daughter, Melody, were extraordinary and will not be forgotten.

Published in The Tewksbury Advocate from May 5 to May 12, 2010
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