SALEM — Mrs. Marion (Rackliffe) Derocher, 95, of Salem, beloved wife of the late Philip Derocher, died Monday, October 29, 2012, at the River Terrace Health Care Center in Lancaster.
Born in Manchester, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Nelson A. and Margaret (Edgerton) Rackliffe. She was raised and educated in Beverly and attended the Beverly School System.
Mrs. Derocher was the co-proprietor and manager along with her husband of the former Stanley Cafeteria in downtown Salem until 1972. Following Urban re-development, Marion began volunteering at the Hogan Regional Center in Danvers. After several years as a volunteer, she became an aide at the center until her retirement. Working at the Hogan became a profession she loved, having the opportunity to work with children and help those in need.
Marion was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Beverly and a former member of the Eagles Club. She was devoted to her family and was an avid knitter and craft maker. She was talented in many crafts, having made many porcelain dolls and knitted many well-crafted sweaters and baby blankets for hospital newborns. Above all else her family was paramount. She treasured being able to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
Marion is survived by her children, Nancy Shepard of Pepperell and her dear friend David Sherman of Bolton, Bette LaBonte and her husband Roger of Ocala, Fla., David Derocher and his wife Carol of Northport, Fla., Priscilla Pilotte and her husband Richard of Peabody and Jean Derocher-Mullins and her husband James of Ashby, her 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and twelve great-great-grandchildren, her sister, Virginia Andrews of Holten, Maine, her step-sister, Donna Lessor of Florida, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square (at Salem Common), Salem, Saturday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Visiting hours prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made in Marion’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.