Obituary

Marjorie​ ​M. ​Emery

Posted:  Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 9:15am
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Marjorie​ ​Melzar​ ​Emery​ ​died​ ​on​ ​August​ ​21,​ ​2017,​ ​at​ ​her​ ​home​ ​in​ ​Wayne,​ ​Maine.​ ​​

​She was​ ​the​ ​loving​ ​wife​ ​of​ ​Francis​ ​Talbot​ ​Emery​ ​for​ ​57​ ​years,​ ​who​ ​predeceased​ ​her​ ​in​ ​1991. Marjorie​ ​had​ ​recently​ ​celebrated​ ​her​ ​100th​ ​birthday​ ​with​ ​many​ ​members​ ​of​ ​her​ ​family​ ​.​

​She​ ​was born​ ​on​ ​August​ ​6,​ ​1917,​ ​in​ ​Cambridge,​ ​Massachusetts.​ ​At​ ​a​ ​very​ ​young​ ​age​ ​she​ ​began​ ​taking piano​ ​lessons​ ​and​ ​ultimately​ ​organ​ ​lessons.​ ​Playing​ ​the​ ​organ​ ​was​ ​her​ ​true​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​all​ ​her life.​ ​Even​ ​at​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​99​ ​last​ ​summer​ ​she​ ​gave​ ​an​ ​organ​ ​concert​ ​in​ ​Wayne.​ ​

After​ ​graduating as​ ​valedictorian​ ​at​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​16 ​from​ ​Wilmington​ ​High​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Massachusetts,​ ​her​ ​love of​ ​music​ ​led​ ​her​ ​to​ ​study​ ​at​ ​the​ ​New​ ​England​ ​Conservatory​ ​in​ ​Boston.​ ​When​ ​she​ ​was​ ​just 18​ ​she​ ​served​ ​her​ ​first​ ​church​ ​in​ ​her​ ​hometown​ ​of​ ​Wilmington​ ​as​ ​both​ ​organist​ ​and​ ​choir director.​ ​For​ ​nearly​ ​eight​ ​decades​ ​she​ ​has​ ​been​ ​an​ ​organist​ ​and​ ​or​ ​choir​ ​director​ ​at​ ​the churches​ ​of​ ​several​ ​communities​ ​in​ ​Massachusetts​ ​and​ ​Maine.​ ​She​ ​played​ ​the​ ​organ​ ​and directed​ ​choirs​ ​in​ ​other​ ​towns​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts​ ​namely​ ​Woburn,​ ​Andover,​ ​Stoneham,​ ​and Wakefield.​ ​After​ ​moving​ ​to​ ​Boothbay​ ​Harbor,​ ​Maine,​ ​she​ ​was​ ​the​ ​organist​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Christian Science​ ​Church,​ ​the​ ​Ocean​ ​Point​ ​Chapel,​ ​and​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Southport​ ​United​ ​Methodist​ ​Church. During​ ​her​ 11​ ​years​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Southport​ ​Methodist​ ​Church,​ ​she​ ​was​ ​both​ ​choir​ ​director​ ​and organist.​ ​In​ ​later​ ​years,​ ​she​ ​was​ ​the​ ​organist​ ​and​ ​choir​ ​director​ ​for​ ​several​ ​years​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Wayne Community​ ​Church​ ​in​ ​Wayne.​ ​Marjorie​ ​considered​ ​her​ ​years​ ​playing​ ​the​ ​organ​ ​as​ ​a great​ ​joy​ ​in​ ​her​ ​life​ ​and​ ​despite​ ​her​ ​failing​ ​health​ ​played​ ​the​ ​organ​ ​in​ ​her​ ​home​ ​in​ ​Wayne​ ​until almost​ ​100​ ​years​ ​of​ ​age.

Marjorie​ ​was​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Guild​ ​of​ ​Organists.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​past​ ​matron,​ ​organist,​ ​and a​ ​lifelong​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Acacia​ ​Chapter,​ ​order​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Eastern​ ​Star.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​also​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of Chapter​ ​G​ ​of​ ​PEO.​ ​​ ​Marjorie​ ​was​ ​past​ ​president​ ​and​ ​treasurer​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Wayne​ ​Friday​ ​Club​ ​and served​ ​on​ ​multiple​ ​church​ ​committees​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years.​ ​She​ ​taught​ ​both​ ​piano​ ​and​ ​organ​ ​to countless​ ​individuals.​ ​She​ ​enjoyed​ ​many​ ​interests​ ​but​ ​family,​ ​music,​ ​church,​ ​and​ ​books​ ​were constant.​ ​Her​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bible​ ​was​ ​extraordinary.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​voracious​ ​reader,​ ​she​ ​often​ ​read two​ ​or​ ​more​ ​novels​ ​each​ ​week​ ​well​ ​into​ ​her​ ​last​ ​years.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​loved​ ​dogs​ ​and​ ​for​ ​many​ ​years raised​ ​golden​ ​retrievers.​ ​A​ ​love​ ​of​ ​the​ ​sea​ ​evolved​ ​when​ ​she​ ​spent​ ​her​ ​summers​ ​as​ ​a​ ​youth​ ​at​ ​a saltwater​ ​farm​ ​in​ ​Edgecomb,​ ​Maine.​ ​Marjorie​ ​and​ ​her​ ​husband,​ ​Talbot,​ ​retired​ ​in​ ​1976​ ​to​ ​their seaside​ ​home​ ​in​ ​Boothbay​ ​Harbor.​ ​After​ ​her​ ​husband’s​ ​death​ ​in​ ​1991,​ ​she​ ​​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​Wayne ​to​ ​be​ ​closer​ ​to​ ​family.

Marjorie​ ​was​ ​the​ ​daughter​ ​of​ ​Edna​ ​Frances​ ​McKusick​ ​and​ ​Harold​ ​Eber​ ​Melzar.​ ​She​ ​was predeceased​ ​by​ ​her​ ​brothers,​ ​Frederick​ ​Preston​ ​Melzar​ ​and​ ​Elliot​ ​Parker​ ​Melzar​ ​and​ ​sister, Elizabeth​ ​Pullen.​ ​Marjorie​ ​was​ ​also​ ​predeceased​ ​by​ ​her​ ​daughter,​ ​Eugenia​ ​White.​ ​Marjorie leaves​ ​two​ ​daughters,​ ​Madaline​ ​Frances​ ​Syvertson​ ​and​ ​her​ ​husband​ ​Roy​ ​of​ ​South​ ​Hampton, New​ ​Hampshire,​ ​Rebecca​ ​Emery​ ​Biggar​ ​and​ ​her​ ​dear​ ​friend​ ​Paul​ ​Golden​ ​of​ ​Chelmsford, Massachusetts,​ ​and​ ​her​ ​son​ ​Peter​ ​Talbot​ ​Emery​ ​and​ ​his​ ​wife,​ ​Deborah​ ​Foss​ ​Emery​ ​of​ ​Wayne.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​leaves​ ​her​ ​sister​ ​Eugenia​ ​Shepard​ ​of​ ​Boothbay​ ​Harbor,​ ​and sister-in-law​ ​Jean​ ​Melzar​ ​of​ ​Boxford,​ ​Massachusetts.​ ​Marjorie​ ​had​ ​12​ ​grandchildren,​ ​16 great​ -grandchildren,​ ​nine​ ​great​-​great​-​grandchildren,​ ​and​ ​numerous​ ​nieces​ ​and​ ​nephews. 

A​ ​family​ ​graveside​ ​service​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Evergreen​ ​Cemetery​ ​in​ ​Boothbay​ ​on Friday,​ ​Aug.​ ​25,​ ​the​ ​date​ ​of​ ​her​ ​beloved​ ​husband​ ​Talbot’s​ ​birthday.​ ​She​ ​will​ ​be​ ​laid​ ​to​ ​rest beside​ ​him.​ ​The​ ​service​ ​will​ ​be​ ​officiated​ ​by​ ​her​ ​niece,​ ​the​ ​Reverend​ ​Virginia​ ​Rickerman.​ ​A memorial​ ​service​ ​will​ ​held​ ​at​ ​1 p.m.​ ​on​ ​Saturday,​ ​Aug.​ ​26,​​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Wayne​ ​Community Church​ ​in​ ​Wayne. 

In​ ​lieu​ ​of​ ​flowers,​ ​memorial​ ​remembrances​ ​for​ ​Marjorie​ ​may​ ​be​ ​sent​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Southport​ ​United Methodist​ ​Church,​ ​372​ ​Hendricks​ ​Hill​ ​Road,​ ​Southport,​ ​ME​ ​04576​ ​or​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Wayne Community​ ​Church,​ ​22​ ​Old​ ​Winthrop​ ​Road,​ ​Wayne,​ ​ME​ ​04284.