Marjorie (Anderson) "Marge" Stevenson Hicks, 81, of 12 Foothills Road died January 5, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital. She was presently the wife of John C. Hicks and formerly the wife of Fred Stevenson of Lakeville. Marge was born July 25, 1935 in Springfield, MA, daughter of the late Martin and Elizabeth (Nilhas) Anderson. Marge attended school in Longmeadow, MA and graduated from Classical High School in Springfield, MA. She earned her BS from Miami University in Oxford, OH and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. She later received her MS in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Marge worked as a Sales Representative for REA Express in New York City until she relocated to Canaan, CT in 1967. In 1976, she began substitute teaching at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT as well as the five elementary schools of Region I. At Housatonic, Marge coached girls soccer, indoor and outdoor track. She was the current Ski Club Advisor. The White Oak Yearbook was dedicated to Marge in 2016. Marge loved being on the stage. She had performed with TriArts in over 20 shows including: The King and I, Annie Get Your Gun, Barnum, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, Rip Van Winkle, Gypsy, The Music Man, South Pacific, Kids, Fiddler on the Roof, No No Nanette, Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, Mame, Deadwood, State Fair and Kiss Me Kate. Marge had a leading role as Pauline in No No Nanette and as Annie in Kids. She, along with Helen Townsend, choreographed and danced at the local elementary schools with Dance Adventures. Marge was a graduate and camp counselor at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Steamboat Springs, CO. Locally, Marge was involved in many community organizations including the Cranford Club, serving as President of Friends of the Douglas Library, The Red Hat Ladies and local Bridge Groups for over 40 years. She served as the First Woman President of the Twin Lakes Beach Club and also served as treasurer and board member for many years. Marge also was a lifetime member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and was a co- adopter of the Direttissma Trail in New Hampshire. In her spare time, Marge loved reading mysteries and gardening. In addition to her husband, Marge is survived by her children, Pam and her husband Edward McGuire of Enfield, CT; Hillary and her husband Carrington Griner of Nederland, CO; and Amy and her husband AJ Kitt of Hood River, OR; her brother Richard Anderson of East Longmeadow, MA and her grandchildren: Ava, Aksel, and Ayden Kitt of Hood River, OR; Paige and Christopher McGuire of Enfield, CT. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home, 118 Main Street, North Canaan, CT 06018. At 7 p.m., Rev. Savage Frieze will lead a celebration of Marge's life. Memorial donations in her memory may be sent to the Douglas Library, PO Box 608, Canaan, CT 06018.
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