Marjorie “Marge” Gerrish Knapp, 87, died Saturday evening in the arms of and surrounded by her family.

Marjorie was a daughter of Laura (Burton) Gerrish and Neal Wheeler Gerrish. She graduated from Houlton High School and also attended Husson College.

Marjorie is survived by two sisters, Margaret Scribner of Stratton and Mary McCutcheon of Scarborough; children, Alan Knapp and his wife, Jill, of Los Altos, Calif., Jeff Knapp and his companion, Cathy Cooper, of Portland, Cynthia Pagiatakis and her husband, Christos, of Warren, and Lisa Nash and her husband, Jay, of Falmouth; grandchildren, Jeff Erskine and his wife, Brandy, of Waldoboro, Tim Nash of Falmouth, Ben Erskine of Stockton Springs, Laura Rodas and her husband, Cristian, of New Gloucester, and Nick Goffredo and his wife, Denise, of Millington, N.J.; great-grandchildren, Karissa and Madison Nash, Ian Erskine, William Rodas, Nigel Erskine and Maddy Goffredo; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Gerrish of Burlington Vt.; and many much-loved nieces, nephews and other extended family members, as well as dear friends.

Marjorie was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Donald and Charles Gerrish; and her former husband, Dr C. Lyndall Knapp; as well as a number of other beloved family members.

Marjorie was born and raised in Maine. During World War II she lived in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and later moved to New Haven, Conn., and then Cranford, N.J., before returning home to Maine 35 years ago. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years before joining the workforce as a bookkeeper and then later as a companion for the elderly.

Marjorie lived a full and joyous life. She and her sisters, the “Gerrish girls,” enjoyed a very special relationship with each other, which only grew stronger over the years, especially after the early loss of their parents. As a young mom she participated in many of her children’s activities and was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, and PTA president.

Throughout her life she loved music, beautiful clothes and dancing, and attended musicals and plays at every opportunity. She also loved reading, animals, family gatherings and long phone conversations with her sisters, children, friends and granddaughter.

Family was particularly important to Marjorie and she enjoyed close relationships and regular visits. Family events were always filled with music, companionship, love and laughter. Marjorie was also an outstanding grandmother, participating fully in the lives of her grandchildren, and instilled in them her unwavering love and affection.

Marjorie had a knack for remaining positive, even when she was faced with life’s challenges. She also had the ability to be fully present and taught others the importance of enjoying every moment and looking for “silver linings.” Her connectedness with others made her relationships rich and deep, and countless people are thankful for having known and been touched by her spirit and compassion.

Marjorie loved well and was well-loved in return. She leaves a strong legacy of the power of kindness, respect, laughter and love. Her life was a life lived to the fullest and we are thankful that we were able to share so much with her over the years.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Foreside Community Church in Falmouth on Saturday, Dec. 12 followed by a celebration of Marge’s life at the American Legion Hall in Falmouth.

The family would like to express their grateful appreciation to all the staff at Sedgewood Commons for the compassion, gentleness and love that was shown to Marjorie each and every day during her last years.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Animal Refuge League or to the American Stroke/Heart Association (