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Marjorie 'Marty' Stokes, 93

PLYMOUTH — After a brief illness, Marjorie Stokes, age 93, passed away Wednesday March 12 at Speare Memorial Hospital. A longtime Plymouth resident, she was predeceased by her parents Pauline and Harry Hultgren, brother Harry Hultgren, Jr., husband Donald Stokes, and her former husband William Bolton, Sr. She is survived by her four children Shaughn Bolton of Plymouth, Lynore Bolton of Lyme, Peter and his wife Susan Bolton of Plymouth, and William Jr. and his wife Denise of Plymouth, four grandchildren William Richard III Bolton, Lauren Bolton, Andrew Peters and Brian Peters, and her niece Diane Hultgren Bennett of West Hartford, Conn., Diane's daughter Laura DeGennaro , Laura's husband Sam and their two children Joe and Jenna, of Cheshire, Conn., L. Blake Hultgren of Windsor, Conn. and Ingrid Hultgren Camill of Las Crescenta, Calif.

Marjorie, known as Marty to all, always said she had lived a very full life. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, the second of two children, she attended Hartford College for Women and the Fashion Academy of New York. While studying for an engineering degree at Penn State, she met her first husband William Bolton, Sr. She went on to work in aeronautical design at Hamilton Standard in East Hartford, Conn., during WWII. Marty had many interests and was an independent spirit. Besides raising four children, she hosted Fresh Air Children, was a member of the Chester N.J. Garden Club, and was an avid bridge player. Her Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles were always done – in ink! She also solved a puzzle in the shortest time ever while on the national TV game show Concentration. She was honored as a Concentration Champion of Champions.

Upon returning to New Hampshire, Marty worked for Oliver Drug, Plymouth Manufacturing, Old Mill Properties, and Norman Perry Lamps/Reale Mirror in Plymouth. She was passionate about her gardening, whether her vegetable gardens or her prized orchids. She loved volunteering and giving back to the community. She demonstrated this no matter where she was living! For fourteen years she volunteered several days a week at Speare Memorial Hospital with the Medical Records team, the members of which she cared for deeply.

A celebration of Marty's life will be held this Spring – most likely within the first few weeks of May. A notice will be posted regarding Marty's Celebration of Life in a future issue of this paper. The family is hopeful that you will consider a donation to the New Hampshire Humane Society (www.nhhumane.org) or the Plymouth Food Bank (www.foodpantries.org/ci/nh-plymouth ). In lieu of flowers, please plant a flower or tree on your own property in her honor. Having a strong love of nature and our earth, Marty would truly have appreciated this.

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