Marsha's Story

BAR HARBOR - Marsha Ann Gilmore, 76, died quietly and peacefully on July 3, 2015 with her loving family by her side. She was born May 30, 1939 in McKeesport, PA, the daughter of Oliver H. and Julia Olga Snyder.

Marsha graduated from Clairton High School in Clairton, PA in 1957. After high school, she worked four years as a computer programmer at Westinghouse Atomic Plant in Pittsburgh, when primitive computers were huge and filled whole rooms. She also worked from 1961 - 1965 at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA while her husband was in Medical School. Marsha worked as a special computer assistant to Dr. Charles Whitney, a pioneer in the application of computer science to astronomy and astrophysics.

On June 10, 1961, Marsha married her High School sweet-heart, Dr. Edward B. Gilmore, and they enjoyed a loving and intimate marriage of over 54 years. Marsha was a loving and supportive wife under difficult circumstances when her husband was in medical school, internship and residency training. She supported her husband's medical career and enabled him to pursue excellence in his work. There is a Gilmore family saying, "Dr. Gilmore practices medicine, and Marsha does everything else!"

With all her other positive qualities, Marsha was a quintessential mother to her three children, Kristin, Eric, and Britta. She always encouraged and advocated for her children. Marsha was an avid reader, and was well informed over a broad range of subjects. She gave the gift of love of language and reading to her children, and introduced her children to reading at a very early age, and fostered their interest in reading and literature throughout their lives.

For many years, Marsha was a volunteer at the local grade school as a mentor in reading and mathematics for children having learning problems. She loved working with school children and over 20 years later, many of her "students" remembered her help gratefully during casual encounters at the local grocery store or social events.

In summary, Marsha was a quiet, private, but brilliant woman who touched many lives. She was a woman of substance, purpose and humor. She was a wonderful wife, and a superb mother. Those privileged to know her well will miss her greatly. We were fortunate to know her and share our lives with her.

At Marsha's request, no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may make contributions to the Bar Harbor YWCA, 36 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor Maine, 04609, in her memory.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home 1139 Main Street, Mt. Desert.
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