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BAR HARBOR - Marjorie Allison Smith, 84, died peacefully in her sleep on April 11, 2015, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. She will be missed by all who knew her, but especially her family. For almost 61 years Marjorie was a devoted and loving wife to Marshall Smith. She was a caring and supportive mother to Jennifer Casale (William), Gregory Smith and Christianna Farinelli (Charles). She was a wonderful big sister to Dorothy Allison Bostock (Jeffrey). Marjorie also leaves behind four grandsons and six great-grandchildren.

Marjorie lived a full life prior to the disease that robbed her of her vitality. A graduate of the University of Rochester and the Pennsylvania State University with a Master's degree in biochemistry, she never stopped learning. She loved to travel and, with Marshall, visited all seven continents. An avid reader, gardener, photographer and artist, Marjorie also found time to give to others through Girl Scouts, leadership in her church (Sunday School teacher, treasurer for over 17 years, and president for several more), and her medical missionary work in the Dominican Republic, where in her 60s she even worked on the construction crew building a hospital for the Haitian sugar cane workers. Marjorie loved nature and the outdoors and in the summer could often be found sailing, hiking or camping. If she was at the house in Surry, she was either in her garden or in the blueberry field picking blueberries for her famous blueberry buckle. In the winter she was often out cross-country skiing and even competed in a cross country ski race when she was in her fifties. With her death the world has lost a truly unique woman.

Visitation will be on Saturday, May 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. and there will be a memorial service on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m., both will be at the First Congregational Church, 2 Church Street. Ellsworth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
Published on  April 24, 2015
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