Exeter, NH — Marcella “Marcie” S. McCarthy, a long term resident of RiverWoods at Exeter, New Hampshire, and formerly of East Orleans, MA, Harrisburg, PA, and several other places where the call of theater and creative talent was strong, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2013. She was the daughter of Harry and Sue McDonald of Dunkirk, Indiana where she was born and raised. She was recently preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, Joseph A. McCarthy, who passed away in May of this year. She is survived by her sister, Mary M. Stragand of Richmond, Indiana, her sister-in-law Kathryn McCarthy of Lexington, MA, and several nieces and nephews who affectionately referred to her as their “Crazy Aunt Marcella.”
Marcie spent her life in creative and artistic endeavors, always with lots of humor. After graduation as a theater major from Western College for Women, now part of Miami University of Ohio, she joined the Cleveland Playhouse. It was there that she met the love-of-her-life, Joe, and they were married in 1950, with her sister and lifelong best friend Mary as her Maid of Honor. Through stints in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, and then Lewisburg and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Marcie participated in various adult and children’s theater groups as actor, director, and/or writer. Marcie also wrote many children’s stories, which complimented her work in children’s theater and volunteer reading at the East Orleans library. After Joe’s retirement as an educator, the McCarthys retired to Cape Cod where they tolerated visiting relatives, sailed on Meetinghouse Pond, and walked their beagle, Leo. For the past twelve years Marcie and Joe have enjoyed life and fellowship at RiverWoods, where they both will be missed.
Marcie’s view of life can best be summarized in her own words from a statement long posted in her home,
Life is not a journey to the grave
With the intention of arriving safely
In a pretty and well preserved body,
But rather to skid in broadside,
Thoroughly used up,
Totally worn out, and proclaiming
“Wow, what a ride!!!”
ARRANGEMENTS: At her request, no services will be held at this time, however, a celebration of her life, love, and humor will be held in November at RiverWoods. Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to Little Theater Mechanicsburg, 915 S. York St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or the Spencer Scholarship Fund at RiverWoods, 10 White Oak St., Exeter, NH 03833 (for staff to further their education). Brewitt Funeral Service, 14 Pine St. Exeter, NH is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.