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Marian "Dottie" Boyce

December 3, 1925 — April 19, 2015

Boyce, Marian L. (Morehouse)

Mrs. Marian Louise “Dottie” Boyce, age 89, of Watkins Glen was carried by the angels to Heaven on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Marian was born on December 3, 1925, the daughter of the late Clifford and Marcella (Mathews) Morehouse. She was a 1943 graduate of Watkins Glen High School. She married her husband Frederick H. Boyce on February 16, 1946 and he predeceased her in 1984 after 38 years of marriage. Marian was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law; Clifford & Darlene Morehouse of Watkins Glen. Her work career spanned many decades which included a bank teller, office worker, and law secretary. Most of her life was spent working for Dr. Larry & Ruth Freeman at the American Life Foundation in Irelandville. She retired from Schuyler County Public Health and as the Dix Town Clerk. While in her 80’s her work career included internal claims auditor for the Watkins Glen School, and Town of Dix and Schuyler County Historian. Marian and Fred raised their family in the small hamlet of Townsend. Her life was filled with volunteering. She was a Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader, and advocate for the Schuyler County Youth Fair. With her love for learning, she was proud to serve as a Watkins Glen School board member. Marian was a 75-year member of Townsend Grange #1208. She was essential in coordinating the members in the operation of a food concession stand at WGI. She looked forward to organizing the annual Grange Halloween party to see the neighborhood children with their costumes. At the state Grange level she served on committees and was a past NYS Grange Jr. Deputy. Her great knowledge of the Townsend area and Schuyler County led her to many years of volunteering at the Schuyler County Historical Society. We all enjoyed her many stories of how life was in her younger years growing up. Most of all, her happiest times were spent with family. Birthday parties, graduations, weddings, and summer picnics gave her the most joy. Marian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend to many. She will be greatly missed by her family and by all who knew her. Marian is survived by her children; Donald (Jean) Boyce of Camden ME, Marcie (Raymond) Ergott, Patty (Michael) Bilinski, and Clifford (Nancy) Boyce all of Watkins Glen. Brother; Frank Morehouse of Watkins Glen, Nine grandchildren; Stephanie (Stephen) Higgins of Ridgeland SC, Pamela (Brian) Altemose of Rochester NH, Donald (Brenda) Boyce Jr. of Lisle, James (Holly) Ergott of Corning, Robert (Lori) Ergott of Burrillville RI, Heather (Jeremy Dawson) Bilinski of Beaver Dams, Matthew Boyce and Ryan Boyce of Fairport, and Molly Bilinski of Cortland. Sixteen great grandchildren; Sara & Seth Higgins, Ellen (Timothy) Spicer, Christian, Benjamin, Hannah, Andrew and Daniel Altemose, Jacob, Derick, and Jessica Ergott, Christopher, Justin, and Nicholas Lorello, Emma Ergott, and Madaline Bryerton. Two great-great grandsons Cullen Thibodeau, and baby Quinn Spicer due to arrive any day. She is survived by special niece and nephews; Kenna (David) Sawdey, Blaine (Kathy) Morehouse, Bob Teed and Glenn (Andra) Boyce Sr. She is also survived by many other nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, April 24th, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11:00am; followed by burial at Beaver Dams Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may send memorial donations in Marian’s name to; Schuyler County Historical Society, P.O. Box 651, Montour Falls, NY, 14865 or Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 South Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY, 14891. You may view her memorial or light a “Candle of Remembrance” in "Obituaries" at www.RoyceChedzoy.com.
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