Marjory Knapp

PORTLAND — Marjory Knapp, 77, of Portland, passed away on Nov. 29, 2011, following an extended illness.

She was born in Wilton, the daughter of the late William and Bernice (Thompson) Knapp. She grew up in the Nason’s Corner section of Portland, attended Portland public schools, and graduated from Deering High School, Class of 1952. She continued to live in Portland, then the last three years lived at Scarborough Terrace, where she received loving care.

Marjory worked for the Portland Public Schools for 25 years. She started one month following high school graduation, working as a clerk stenographer for the principal of Longfellow School. In time, she became a confidential secretary and served six superintendents in the Central Office. She subsequently worked in the Editorial Department of J. Weston Walch, publisher, for nine years. Kudos from supervisors included comments like “ability to learn many things quickly, works quickly and efficiently…works with integrity… loyal.”

Her faith in Jesus Christ was central in her life. As a child she enjoyed Glenwood Square Baptist Church near her home and took part in Child Evangelism Good News Clubs. She joined First Baptist Church in 1955, which became her church home and her extended family. She had a beautiful voice and sang in the choir many years. She also taught children’s Sunday School and was a deaconess, serving in many capacities.

Marjory is survived by an aunt; four first cousins including Richard Stevens Jr. of Bridgton; and a second cousin.

A memorial service for Marjory was held at First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland, on Monday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. Interment was Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sebago. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland. To offer words of condolence, sign a guest book and share memories, go to the obituary page at

Memorial donations may be made to: First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Rd., Portland, ME 04103.

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