Marjorie Weith Capen

DEER ISLE — Marjorie Weith Capen passed away peacefully Nov. 30, 2010, at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, at the age of 92.


Born Feb. 8, 1918, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Dr. Albert and Margaret McCreery, her early years were spent between winters in Pittsburgh and summers on the family farm in the nearby Gibsonia countryside. In the winter she perfected her skills on the violin and piano, while in the summer she played tennis and learned to love gardening with her family. It was during this period that she also discovered her passion for helping others as she witnessed her father provide care for the entire community, often without compensation. She and her cousin, Virginia, started a summer Girl Scout camp for local girls, housing them in her parents’ summer home. An excellent student, Marge graduated with a BA from Duke University in 1941. After this she attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and later Johns Hopkins, where her studies focused on occupational therapy. She then married her fellow Duke classmate, Dr. A. James Weith, eventually settling down in Darien, Conn. Marge led a full life while living in Connecticut — between raising four children, spending nine years playing violin in the Norwalk Symphony and captaining the Nutmeg Curling Club. Volunteer work was always important to her and this included acting as vice president of The Southwestern Connecticut Girl Scout Council, Darien PTO, DCA, and as a deacon in the Noroton Presbyterian Church. It was at this time she joined the Sierra Club and first discovered the wilds of Maine, while on a weeklong canoe trip down the Allagash River. Marge was predeceased by her first husband, Dr. James Weith, in 1968 and later Lloyd Capen, March 23, 2008. Marge and Lloyd lived in Hamilton, Mass., from 1974-1978, where she found herself focusing more time and energy on crafts. Life on Deer Isle was a perfect match for Marge, allowing her to pursue her many interests in a beautiful and stimulating environment. She enjoyed spending time volunteering at the Island Food Pantry, acting as financial secretary at the Deer Isle and Sunset Congregational Churches, the Deer Isle Chamber of Commerce, the Council Against Domestic Abuse and later as a member of the Hancock County Quilters. She enjoyed hiking with her husband, Lloyd, and was always on the lookout for a moose or considering how she could protect our wildlife. Together Marge and Lloyd focused much of their time on High Meadow Farm, renowned for their apples, jellies and especially their cider — as noted in an article in the New York Times titled “Maine’s Elixir of October.” They were thrilled to have young students stop in during the pressing season at the farm and could often be found displaying their wares at the farmers market in Deer Isle village. Marge and Lloyd also greatly enjoyed their crafts business, showing their handiwork and skills at numerous craft shows throughout Maine. These skills were especially shared with her daughter, Pat and granddaughter, Cheryl. Marge’s work was recognized in the book “Quilts Across America.”

She is survived by her family, including her daughter, Pat Field and husband, Eugene, of Greene; son, Steven Weith of Deer Isle; son, Kenneth Weith and his wife, Nancy, of Bethel, Conn.; son, Peter Weith, and wife, Karen, of Charlotte, Vt.; son, John Capen and his wife, Susie, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and daughter, Nannette Walton and husband, Larsen of Tulsa, Okla.; — along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren include Cheryl Field of Lewiston, Chris Field and wife, Emily, of Durham, Jordan Weith of Charlotte, Vt., Tyler Weith of Philadelphia, Pa., and Charlotte, Vt., Brendon and Kaitlin Lee of Virginia Beach, Va., and Chester Stinson of Texas. Her great-grandchildren include Robert Field of Lewiston and Samuel Field of Durham. Marge also held great affection for her nephew, Marc McCook, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and his two daughters, Rachel of Boston, Mass., and Emma of Chapel Hill, N.C. Marge’s entire family will miss her indomitable spirit and strength and dedication to both family and friends.

The family would like to extend its special thanks to Dr. Zelnick and the staff of the Island Medical Center in Deer Isle for their extended care to Marge. In addition we would like to thank the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for their fine and supportive efforts during the last few days of her life.

A memorial service will be held this summer on Deer Isle.

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