Obituary: Anne Prince Marsh – Portland Press Herald

Anne Prince Marais

YARMOUTH – Anne Prince Marsh, “Happy”, 91, of Yarmouth, Maine, died peacefully in Bay Square on October 4, 2022 from insurmountable medical problems. She was born to the late Henry Kimball Prince (Kim) and Margaretta Tuttle Prince (Gretta) in New York. Happy graduated from Miss Beard’s School in 1949 and Vassar College in 1953 with an AB in English. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society as well as president of her class.

Happy leaves behind her loving husband of 69 years, James I. Marsh, “Jim.” She also leaves her sister, Elizabeth P. Collins and her three children, Elizabeth M. Elliott, James I. Marsh III and Anne G. Marsh. She will be sadly missed by her 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as “grandmother”.

After their marriage in 1953, Happy moved with Jim to Schenectady, New York, where they started a family. They remained there until 1968, when the family moved to Barneveld, New York, and then to Yarmouth, Maine, to be closer to their three children and several grandchildren in 2002. Happy spent his summers on Lake Champlain in Essex, New York.

Happy taught English at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and always used her extensive knowledge and curiosity of the English language while raising her children, engaging in grammatical debates, corresponding by letters, writing rules for the groups she served, or creating lyrical texts and witty poems to celebrate friends and family on any occasion.

Happy was a born leader who enjoyed serving her community. These included the Mixed Catholic Protestant Task Force for Urban Ministry, a school district banned books committee, the PTA, and the Junior League. She has led as a director of the Junior League of America, representing New York State and the eastern provinces of Canada and has held nearly every position on the board of the Adirondack Garden Club. , including that of President. One of her greatest accomplishments was writing the complete history of the Adirondack Garden Club and being the first recipient of the Cachepot Award for Outstanding Service. Happy served in both formal and informal roles as a parliamentarian, who can always be relied upon for knowledge of the Roberts Rules of Order.

She was an accomplished watercolor artist painting locally and taking her travel watercolor set on her countless travels with Jim, both nationally and internationally. They have traveled extensively on Elder Hostel in addition to chartering sailing trips in the Caribbean.

Perhaps the most universal trait attributed to Happy was her ability to connect with virtually anyone in a sincere and authentic way. People felt heard, seen and known by Happy. She nurtured decades of committed friendships. Her good humor, positive attitude, loving demeanor and the bonds she forged with people will last long after her time on earth.

A memorial service will be held at Freeport Congregational Church, Freeport, Maine in December 2022.

Please visit sign Anne’s guestbook and leave memories and condolences to the family.

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