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CarolAnnC 07-15-2012 09:40 AM

A Tribute to Mackey Mouse - R.I.P.
I am copying this thread over here to the Coping and Compassion board. I know how important this board was to Marsha, and thought those of you who knew her might want to read this beautiful tribute to her.

~ Mary Jo

I felt that we needed a separate thread to honor and remember our dear friend Marsha aka Mackey Mouse, though I know there has been a discussion on the DIS Old Timers thread about her and also over on Coping and Compassion.

Here are my thoughts:

I first met Marsha here on the DIS the summer of 2000. We were both fans of a brand new show "Survivor" and shared our delight of Disney and Survivor in the DIS Chat Room.

That September when my DH passed suddenly, there was Marsha driving up to New Hampshire to visit at his wake to comfort me. We had never met in person, but that began a long friendship outside of the internet.

Two months later she and Tommy were with me and my girls on a week long Carribbean cruise. She brought me back to life from the depths of despair. But that is the kind of woman Marsha was. She knew how to "Go for the Gusto" as she would always tell me to do. We bonded as we were "city girls" both raised in the Boston area.

We continued to attend local DIS meets together, go shopping, have lunch, even spend Christmas Eve together one year at her home with her lovely daughters and her Tommy. She was caring, compassionate, yet fun loving, down to earth and "told it like it is". At one point we discovered through our long talks that Tommy was actually a second cousin of my mom's. That really made us feel like our friendship was "meant to be" even more.

We also planned trips together to WDW where we would spend time at our jointly beloved passion - anything Disney. One year we were "snowed in" as the Northeast was hit with a blizzard and we were stuck with cancelled flights. We were ecstatic as we had more days at WDW! When she was able to get flights back to Logan which had opened up, but I was not as NH was still closed, she helped me get onto her flight to Boston and Tommy and she drove me and my girls all the way up to Manchester NH in the aftermath of the storm to my car at the airport there. They would not hear of me trying to rent a car myself to do it, or make other plans. They were both there for me no questions asked.

The memories go on and on, but I wanted to share just a sample here with you all. Marsha's legacy will spread far and wide - from her "Disney" friends to the many folks she befriended duriing Tommy's and her own cancer battles. Her touch was felt not only around the country, but around the world.

I learned many life lessons from Marsha and I will always remember her, though another piece of my heart broke off and died with her July 13, 2012.

amid chaos 07-15-2012 10:35 AM

Hi Carol.

I'm sorry for the loss of your dear friend.

goofy4tink 07-15-2012 10:42 AM

Thanks Carol. Marsha was, indeed, a remarkable person. I have so many wonderful memories...from being in WDW with her and Tommy to going to those Boston DIS meets with them. She was always just so much fun to be around. She took an interest in everyone she met. There truly were no 'strangers' for Marsha.
I have never seen anyone handle the passing of a loved one the way Marsha handled her grief over her Tommy's passing. Yes, she had a lot of time to get used to the idea and to prepare herself. But, in all reality, no one is ever 'prepared'. To watch her care for others who came to share her grief and to support her was, quite simply, incredible. She had such grace and strength. She has truly been an inspiration to so many. I can only hope to face life's challenges as she did. My new life philosophy??? How would Marsha have handled this??? I can't go wrong.
Her girls have such wonderful memories and the knowledge that their parents are together again..watching over both them and their children....those beautiful grandchildren that Marsha so loved. Hopefully, the girls can find peace in that knowledge...and hold onto those incredible memories..of both parents.

I know I'll be saying a prayer and enjoying a special memory or two when I'm standing at those Epcot fountains in Dec!! That's where Marsha and Tommy will always be, for me.

ditsypixie 07-15-2012 10:46 AM

I am very sorry for your loss. She sounded like a dear person with a huge heart. Praying for you and her family.:hug:

Sgt Mickey 07-15-2012 11:04 AM

I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

She sounds like a wonderful person:love: to have had in your life.

The Mystery Machine 07-15-2012 11:09 AM

Many hugs to everyone here who knew her....:hug::hug::hug:

RitaZ. 07-15-2012 11:11 AM

Carol, :hug::hug: Marsha was a class act.

Sending my thoughts to her daughters, their families and all those who loved her. :hug:

minniecarousel 07-15-2012 11:15 AM

CarolAnn - what a lovely tribute to your friend, Marsha. The world & especially her friends will miss her.

PrincessKsMom 07-15-2012 11:16 AM

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend and a true inspiration. :hug:

MnMomtoboys 07-15-2012 11:24 AM

Carol I'm so sorry to hear about Marsha. You were so lucky and blessed to have such a good friend.

My prayers go out to Marsha's family and friends.

Buckalew11 07-15-2012 12:09 PM

I spoke to her once on the phone. She was at Disney, maybe it was a DIS-con. Anyway, I remember her wicked accent and she commented on my southern one. She was kind and classy and loved her DH and family so very much. I remember her having a lot of Faith.

Hugs for you, losing a close friend. I'm so sorry.

okeydokey 07-15-2012 12:13 PM

She will be missed my many. :hug:

minniebeth 07-15-2012 12:16 PM

I am definitely one that Marsha inspired here on the Disboards. She was always so kind and encouraging to all despite her challenges she faced. My heart and prayers go out to her family. :hug:May her memory be eternal.

Planogirl 07-15-2012 12:19 PM

I'm so sorry Carol Ann. That was indeed a very nice tribute to a very nice lady.

gina2000 07-15-2012 12:27 PM

I met Marsha and her Tommy at the second Discon. A large crowd of us did a park hopping coaster day. Marsha and I didn't do all the coasters so we were able to chat. Her Tommy and I also had some time to chat - I had worked in the same industry as he did so we had a lot to jawbone. They were both delightful people to spend an afternoon with.

Marsha will always be the grande dame of the DIS.


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