Marie J. Myers, 96

Jan 10, 2019 by

Published in the January 10, 2019 edition.

CAMDEN, MAINE —Our mother, Marie J. Myers, 96, passed away on January 8, 2019 in Camden, Maine.

Marie was born in Roxbury, the only child of William R. and Margaret I. (O’Hearn) Yerrick. Raised in Medford, Marie graduated from Medford High School, class of 1940 and began work at New England Telephone Company the next day.

In 1949 she married our father, David M. Myers of Charlestown. When Marie became pregnant, she had to leave her job, as was the requirement in those days. They moved to a new home in Wakefield, where they raised four daughters.

Widowed at age 48, Marie needed to return to work and was ever thankful to be re-hired by the telephone company after so many years. In 1989, she retired to Rockport, Maine, a place she fell in love with when visiting her daughter Margaret. In 2009, she moved to Kennebunk, Maine where she lived until June 2018. She returned to the midcoast to live at Quarry Hill Assisted Living facility in Camden, Maine, where she passed away.

Marie was the original minimalist. Throughout her life she lived simply, enjoying family gatherings, the company of her cats and dogs, going to the library, reading, and caring for her home and gardens. She lived frugally but was generous to her children, her grandchildren, and to those in need. As a child of the Great Depression, she was appreciative of her own blessings and regularly supported many charitable organizations.

Marie leaves behind her four daughters, Patricia Small and husband Bob; Margaret Laughlin; Mary Cavagnaro and husband Ben, and Jane Donahue and husband Dan. She also leaves seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her funeral services will be private. Internment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in West Peabody, where she will be laid to rest with her parents and our dad. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rt. 62) Danvers. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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