Durham, NH — Marcia E. T. Young, died on June 19, in the arms and at the home of her daughter. She was born on October 3, 1939, in Waterbury, Conn., to the late Marcel and Grace (O’Connell) Young. Marcia was raised in Connecticut and was a graduate of St. Mary’s School, Meriden High School and the College of New Rochelle. She was a German and Latin scholar, and did graduate work at Hofstra and Loyola Universities.
Marcia was married to and divorced from the late Frank J. Di Ceglie. They are survived by their only daughter, Dr. Suzanne Marcia Marcel Young.
Suzanne was, as Marcia's friends best expressed, “the light of Marcia’s life.” She was beyond proud of her daughter’s Ph.D. in amino acid metabolic mechanisms and isotope chemistry from Harvard University, into which Marcia inserted every comma and served as “grammar police” - a task she has performed for numerous papers and books her daughter published. She and her daughter traveled the world, including to the rocket launch carrying her daughter’s equipment to Mars. She then joined her daughter out at Phoenix Mission Control several times while her daughter worked for NASA. Marcia attended a great many of Suzanne’s lectures at the universities where Suzanne teaches, conferences, and even had her sharing exciting research talks with Marcia’s own elementary school students. Marcia’s school, students and staff have their name on a disk on the planet Mars as a result of their long interest and connection with Marcia’s daughter.
Marcia taught German and Latin in Hill House High School and other high schools. After her daughter was born, she taught in the elementary public schools of Andover, Mass., for over 40 years. Her biggest passion was educating young children and her life was dedicated to them. Her true second family was the teachers and staff at High Plain Elementary School in Andover, where she concluded her teaching career but showed up for years after retirement helping in all ways, from taking special reading groups, to supporting the staff and substituting in classrooms. She never left them as it was always about her heart, not the job.