Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Just for Fun > Coping and Compassion
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-15-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
Caught Smuggling Jello Shot Syringes From PI
Likes to shoot off her glock in chat
Goin' to the Chapel
CarolAnnC's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 13,532

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.

Last edited by Mary Jo; 07-15-2012 at 03:01 PM. Reason: Copied from Community Board
CarolAnnC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #2
amid chaos
DIS Veteran
amid chaos's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Ma.
Posts: 7,677

Hi Carol.

I'm sorry for the loss of your dear friend.
Recruited by OK'sPS.
amid chaos is offline   Reply With Quote
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 07-15-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
Likes little devils
I know I'm getting old...I get it, I really do
Prisoner of Toy Story Mania
goofy4tink's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Central Ma
Posts: 48,845
DISboards Moderator

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.
goofy4tink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 10:46 AM   #4
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 509

I am very sorry for your loss. She sounded like a dear person with a huge heart. Praying for you and her family.
(me)(dh)(dd,12)(ds ,9)
ditsypixie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 11:04 AM   #5
Sgt Mickey
I will always remember where I was that day
I am defiantly going to attempt as many as I can
I thought I had never up there but I think I erased it and my brain went somewhere else
Sgt Mickey's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 4,922

I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

She sounds like a wonderful person to have had in your life.
Sgt Mickey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 11:09 AM   #6
The Mystery Machine
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Missouri
Posts: 45,540

Many hugs to everyone here who knew her....
The Mystery Machine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 11:11 AM   #7
Move on don't hesitate
RitaZ.'s Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: FL
Posts: 11,156

Carol, Marsha was a class act.

Sending my thoughts to her daughters, their families and all those who loved her.
RitaZ. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 11:15 AM   #8
Chris Isaak fan
I'll take my earthquakes over tornadoes & hurricanes any day!
What's up with ruining corn by "creaming" it?
minniecarousel's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: San Ramon, California
Posts: 15,111

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

minniecarousel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 11:16 AM   #9

OMG you should see me when I'm driving
I'm pretty sure the minute I open my mouth no one would have to ask the question
PrincessKsMom's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 12,203

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend and a true inspiration.
7/79 - Off site; 7/80 - Off site; 11/98 - Off site; 1/05 - CBR; 2/06 - ASMovies; 8/08 - ASMovies; 8/09 - CBR; 4/10 - CBR

Stolen from SCHBR'sMom, who stole it from Wickey, who stole it from Kimmar.
LETS ALL DO THE BROONY \ 0 / TagGate 2011
PrincessKsMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 11:24 AM   #10
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Where life is perfect
Posts: 1,208

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.
me dh ds1 ds2 ds3 ds4

MN: The land of 10,000 lakes and at least 1 idiot.
MnMomtoboys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 12:09 PM   #11
2013 1/2 Marathon Finisher!!! Woohoo!!
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: East Tn
Posts: 15,731

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.
Brenda: DISing since 2/2000

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of everyday
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow is just a dream away
Buckalew11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 12:13 PM   #12
Frosty the Snowman scared me as a child
It will always be beautiful no matter what it looks like naked
okeydokey's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: N. Florida
Posts: 9,378

She will be missed my many.
okeydokey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 12:16 PM   #13
I count on y'all to keep me up to date ;)
I'm ok going up, just can't go down...
minniebeth's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: columbus, ohio
Posts: 8,019

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. May her memory be eternal.
minniebeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 12:19 PM   #14
I feel the nerd in me stirring already
Oh well, let's look on the bright side
If I hadn't been so wiped out I would have kissed my anesthesiologist
Planogirl's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Frisco,Texas
Posts: 45,945

I'm so sorry Carol Ann. That was indeed a very nice tribute to a very nice lady.
Planogirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 12:27 PM   #15
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 11,478

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.

"The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn't any.” ~Marilyn Monroe
gina2000 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:50 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.