Frances K. Marsh

GORHAM AND DENMARK – Frances Knight Marsh, 92, passed away unexpectedly at her Gorham home on Wednesday, October 20. Born on May 2, 1918, she was the daughter of Percy Knight and Blanche Stone Knight of Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook. Since 1952, Frances enjoyed summers at the family camp on Sand Pond in Denmark, enjoying nature explorations, researching local history, and learning from area artisans. Graduating from Westbrook High School and Gorham State Teachers College, Frances enjoyed a long  career of teaching kindergarten in Standish and then Westbrook. Truly a life-long learner, Frances perfected hobbies ranging from decorative painting, pottery, photography, and researching and restoring antique dolls. She was an expert on local flora and fauna, often the focus of her camera.

In the past few years, she had learned to use the computer and had written over 500 stories and poems. She enchanted her family and friends all over the world by email and monthly mailings. Within hours of her passing, she was planning her holiday mailing, making notes on her favorite candidates, and getting to know her new neighbors.

Frances was married to Maynard F. Marsh, former Game Warden and Commissioner of Maine Department of Fish and Wildlife. She was predeceased by Maynard and their daughter Mary Marsh. She leaves a wide circle of friends and family, including sons Eben Marsh and John F. Marsh and his wife Judy, a brother, Roger Knight and his wife Sally, former daughter-in-law Bonnie Marsh of Denmark, grandchildren Betsy Schneider of Denmark, Ian Marsh, Carrie Marsh, Damien Marsh, Helene Marsh Harrower, and John L. Marsh, and eight great-grandchildren.

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