Marsha Ann Daigle-Williamson
1946 - 2020
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Daigle-Williamson, Marsha Ann 6/16/1946 - 9/8/2020 Ypsilanti, Michigan Marsha Ann Daigle-Williamson, age 74, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, passed away at her residence with her husband at her side on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Marsha was born on June 16, 1946, the first child of Joel and Bernadette (Pelletier) Daigle and raised in St. John, Maine with her younger siblings, Patsy and Dale. She attended and graduated Mount Merici Academy in Waterville, Maine. Following graduation, Marsha attended the College of New Rochelle in New York where she obtained a bachelor's degree in French. She then moved to Madison, Wisconsin to earn her master's degree in French from the University of Wisconsin at the age of 21. From there Marsha moved to Ann Arbor in 1968 where she began doctoral studies in comparative literature at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation examined the work of C.S. Lewis and the inspiration he drew from the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Her revised dissertation, Reflecting the Eternal: Dante's Divine Comedy in the Novels of C.S. Lewis, appeared in 2015. While attending an ecumenical prayer group at St. Mary's Student Parish in 1968, Marsha met Peter Williamson . They eventually married in 1992 and settled in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In the intervening years, Marsha completed her graduate studies and began teaching at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan, eventually becoming Chair of the English Department. Teaching was truly a vocation for Marsha and she loved her students. They reciprocated, repeatedly voting her Spring Arbor's Excellence in Teaching award. In 2007, Marsha retired from teaching. Since then she translated seventeen books, mostly from Italian, edited a similar number of works in English, and has served as English translator to Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher to the papal household. Marsha was known for her faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit which she shared freely, her love of people (constantly remembering birthdays with cards), and her gift of encouragement that empowered others to be all they could be. She was a great listener. Marsha enjoyed synchronized swimming as a young woman, and in her mature years, gardening and tap dance at the Ypsilanti Township Community Center. Marsha was predeceased by her parents, Joel and Bernadette Daigle. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 28 years, Peter S. Williamson; her siblings, Patsy (Daniel) Guerette and Dale (Polly Sommerfeld) Daigle; her nieces and nephew, Jessica, Jana and Joe; five sister and brother-in-laws and 19 nieces and nephews on the Williamson side. Visitation will take place Friday, September 11, 2020 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Christ the King Catholic Church parish center (4000 Ave Maria Drive, Ann Arbor). A memorial service including testimony about God's work through Marsha will take place from 6-7:00 pm. A Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm. Both events will be live-streamed; links are available on the parish website. Memorial donations can be made in Marsha's name to Hope Medical Clinic, Inc., P. O. Box 980311, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48198.


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Published in Ann Arbor News from Sep. 9 to Sep. 10, 2020.
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September 14, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of the loss of Marsha. I enjoyed getting to know her through Community Bible Study. She was very interesting, insightful, and personable. She will be missed.
Susan K Bowen
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September 13, 2020
I really appreciated Marsha's encouragement and generosity and miss her a lot. May the good Lord comfort you, Peter.
Jim McMurtrie
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September 12, 2020
Marsha has left a mark in many peoples lives and hearts and will be deeply missed. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. My deepest sympathy Peter!
Kristi Haywood
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September 11, 2020
What a delightful, deep, and devoted person, Marcia. I remember her with such fondness and regard. Deepest sympathies to Peter, especially
ken wilson
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September 11, 2020
Marsha always shared the love of Jesus with us through her words, her smile, her actions and her affirming encouragement. It was always a joy talk with her at the various gatherings we attended. She will be greatly missed here. Heaven has gained
Tom & Jean Marie Edwards
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September 11, 2020
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September 10, 2020
Marsha was a force of nature who will always hold a special place in the Morsfield family’s heart. My mom first met Marsha in the early 90s. And, as a gift of a lifetime, mom said to me one day, ‘you must meet Marsha’.

I don’t remember how exactly she came into our family’s acquaintance. But I do remember why. And we saw firsthand her warmth and kindness and patience and wisdom and willingness to listen (and listen and listen). As if that all wasn’t enough, Marsha was also one of the funniest people I have ever met.

Since then, she has been at family events, welcomed us into her own home and garden for all manner of get-togethers, and even encouraged one of us to also get a PhD (even if in a weirder, less interesting subject than her own). Most recently, she has been a wonderful support to both of my elderly parents, picking up the phone whenever either of them needed a little encouragement, especially during quarantine.

I reconnected with Marsha in May after many years of getting busy and moving out of the country and other distractions that now seem silly. In true Marsha form, we picked up where we left off and started chatting by phone across time zones and countries. The topics were as intense and interesting as ever, but her insight and humor seemed to cut them down to size, as always.

If one is lucky enough, one gets to have a Marsha in their life at some point. We Morsfields feel beyond blessed and lucky, and we all will miss her very much. We send our heartfelt love, sympathy and prayers to Peter and to all of her family.

Sue Morsfield
Sue Morsfield
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September 10, 2020
Peter & family...I was so sorry to hear about Marsha's passing. I was in CBS core groups with Marsha quite a number of times over the years, and always enjoyed her insights, wisdom, and friendship. Mary Pittman

In Time of Sorrow...
May you see God's light on the path ahead
when the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
even in your hour of sorrow,
the gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
never turn your heart to stone,
may you always remember
when the shadows fall--
you do not walk alone.
Mary Pittman
Friend
September 9, 2020
Marsha was a wonderful friend and neighbor. Our Roundtree Community misses her so much as she was very involved with our association here. I pray for Peter and all of her family as they mourn her death. Marsha was indeed a faith-filled woman in her walk with the Lord.
Val McMurtrie
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September 9, 2020
Oh, Peter, I am sorry for your loss. I loved having Marsha in my Core for Community Bible Study. She will be sorely missed.
Dottie Elliott
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September 9, 2020
dear peter, so sorry to hear this sad news... I remember marsha’s great sense of humour and her profound knowledge of the italian culture, especially dante.
prayers for you and family from riekie (lay centre rome)
riekie van velzen
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