Obituary: Marjorie “Marge” Awalt

Marjorie “Marj” Awalt

AUGUSTA – Marjorie “Marj” Awalt, 89, of Augusta, handed away peacefully at house along with her loving household by her aspect on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

She was born in Farmington on August 18, 1934, the daughter of Jesse and Elmira (Wheeler) Dwayne. Marj graduated from highschool on the Perkins College for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, the place she was amongst such notable alumni as Helen Keller and Jean Sorel.

Marj attended Vermont Junior Faculty in Montpelier, Vermont, and graduated from Gordon Faculty in Wenham, Massachusetts. She accomplished her graduate research on the College of Pennsylvania and the Overbrook College for the Blind. It was appointed by the Industrial Dwelling for the Blind of New York Metropolis. The “little lady from rural Maine” lived in Brooklyn and navigated the bus system to get to appointments all around the metropolis with nothing to information her however a pointy reminiscence, a white cane, and braveness.

Marj returned to Maine in 1966 to work within the state and assist blind folks stay unbiased, productive, and fruitful lives. She turned well-known when she traveled all through Maine along with her imaginative and prescient canine, first Tracy, then Doris, and eventually Jill.

She met Hugh Awalt shortly after returning house, and in 1967 they had been married in Bethel. Hugh was a eager rally driver with the Samoset Motor Membership, so Marj obtained concerned. She wrote race instructions in Braille and have become the navigator of their little Saab. It was simply identifiable by the license plate because it was labeled “BLIND-1”.

Religion and music had been central to her life. Marj was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Gardiner the place she sang within the choir and performed with the bell ringers. You did not have to be round for lengthy earlier than it began singing a joyful noise.

Marj performed a depraved recreation of cribbage along with her “particular” Braille playing cards, and will simply idiot all comers along with her eyes closed. She liked Manhattan, however she liked peanut butter ice cream much more. Her GPS was mapping each ice cream stand in a 40-mile radius, however Deb’s in Randolph was her favourite.

The sunshine within the meadow appeared vivid, and it attracted pals simply as daylight attracts flowers. Going along with her to the Frequent Floor Truthful was like touring with the Queen; You’ll be able to’t stroll 10 steps with out assembly somebody who is aware of her. She remembered all of them, and now we bear in mind her.

She was predeceased by her dad and mom, her sister Connie, her nephew EW, and her husband of 53 years.

Marge is survived by her niece Rachel Hindman and nephews John, Lee and Mark Hindman and in addition Michael, Peter and Stephen McLaughlin.

Providers can be held on a date and time to be introduced.

Preparations are entrusted to Staples Funeral Dwelling and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, reminiscences and photographs could also be shared with the household on the obituary web page of the Staples Funeral Dwelling web site,

In lieu of flowers, please take into account a charitable donation in Marj’s identify to:

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which gives information canine for folks with imaginative and prescient loss


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