1939 – 2016

FARMINGTON — Marjorie Quincy (Howe) Beckler, 76, of East Wilton and formerly of Centerville, Mass., died Friday, Dec. 9, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

She was born in Quincy, Mass., Dec. 11, 1939, a daughter of Frederick E. and Marjorie Q. (Tucker) Howe. She was a graduate of Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., attended Skidmore College (Kappa Delta) and the University of Maryland, before graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1986, with a Bachelor of Science in social work.

Marjorie had a number of great passions. As a youth, Marjorie was very active and an accomplished field hockey and tennis player. Among her other passions were her social work — she had a great gift for helping others and it showed in her careers with civil social work in Barnstable, Mass., private social work as a visiting nurse, hospital chaplaincy at Franklin Memorial Hospital, an adult literacy teacher, and in numerous volunteer roles.

She was a voracious reader — well-known to have four or five books going at once! She loved her family, her church family and her Boston Celtics, especially Ray Allen, when he was in Boston!

Marjorie leaves behind her husband, Kenwood Hayden Beckler of East Wilton; and three children, Marnie Burton and her husband, Craig, of Andover, Mass., Burt Palmer and his wife, Eleanor, of Darien, Conn., and Fred Palmer and his wife, Tricia, of Cotuit, Mass.; as well as a stepson, Jason Beckler and his wife, Karen. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Eleanor, Paul, Kelsey, Burton, Ryan, Cameron and Elizabeth; and step-grandchild, Quinn, who will all miss her greatly!

Condolences and tributes may be shared with her family on her memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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