Marlene Patricia Russell Light, 79, of Stockton Springs, passed away Jan. 10, 2011, at a Bangor hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Bangor, the daughter of Wayne Russell and Edna (Keef). Marlene graduated from Bangor High School then attended Ricker Junior College, University of Maine and Washington State Teachers College.

Marlene taught for 30 years in public schools in Orono, Brewer and Searsport. In Searsport, she was an elementary classroom teacher for 10 years then became a special reading teacher. She also was assistant principal of both the elementary school and Central School for 26 years. She retired in 1984 due to illness. After she recovered, she became active in volunteer work. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Waldo County American Cancer Society; and organized the county effort for Daffodil Days, the Great American Smoke out and Love Lights a Tree for several years, receiving their Clarabelle Conard Memorial Award. Marlene was a past volunteer for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Carver Memorial Library, Stockton Springs Little League and Waldo County Retired Educator’s Association.

She enjoyed doing things with her family and friends, breakfast out at Just Barb’s with her friends, camping, bridge, Marlene’s Ladies and actively followed her grandsons in sports.

Marlene is survived by sons Michael Light and his wife Michele of Searsport, and Lawrence Light of Stockton Springs; grandson Jason Light and wife Renee; and great-grandsons Silas of Hermon, Joseph Light and wife Aimee of Portland; two brothers Ralph Russell and wife Carol, and James Russell and wife Colleen all of Eddington; one sister Patricia Begin and husband Richard of Oakland; two sister-in-laws Elizabeth Russell of Bangor and Joan Light of Waldo; one brother-in-law James Light and wife Edith of Bangor; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by husband Franklin; her parents; her step-mother Mary Frances Russell; brothers John Russell, Richard Russell, and Harold Russell and his wife Roxanne; two sisters; Elizabeth Trask and Lucille Orcutt; brother-in-law Tim Light and nephew Timothy Trask.

Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport, and funeral services will be at the same location at 1 p.m. Friday.

Spring interment will be in Mount Prospect Cemetery in Stockton Springs.