Marcy van der Kieft

Marcy Moore van der Kieft

Saturday, May 9th, 2020
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ROCKPORT…………………It is with great sadness that the van der Kieft family of Rockport, Maine, announce the passing of Marcy Moore van der Kieft , wife of Peter E. van der Kieft , at the Sussman House in Rockport during the early hours of May 9th, 2020 from cancer.

Born August 24th, 1943 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, Marcy and her sister Susan, with professional musician mother and actor/producer father, both of whom were in the entertainment industry, traveled numerous times between East Coast and West Coast before settling permanently in Darien, CT.

Lovingly known as “Mince, Minnie and Ween” Marcy attended Low-Haywood School, Stamford, CT., was graduated from Darien High School and Lasell Junior College Auburndale, MA, majoring in Fashion Design and Management. Throughout her education Marcy participated in anumerous activities; volleyball, crew, tennis, golf, field hockey and cheerleading. Marcy’s high school musical interests were in cappella groups and Girl’s Glee Club.

Her musical appreciation ran the gamut from Classical, Broadway Show Tunes, to Jazz, to Soul and Doo-Woop. James Brown had a special place in Marcy’s musical appreciation to include a James Brown Boston concert. Some were lucky enough to witness the spontaneous James Brown impersonations Marcy performed on special occasions.

Marcy was predictably, unpredictable, impulsively sketching a bouquet of flowers worthy of a gallery showing, to carding a hole in one, to article consultant for Town and Country Magazine, to preparing Spanish paella, chili dogs, roast beef or apple pie worthy of James Beard Foundation awards. Having outfitted the wife of a renowned Maine Coast artist who was preparing for a visit with Queen Elizabeth on Majesty’s Yacht Britannia Marcy dashed home and gave her a pair of her shoes for the ‘’finishing touch.”

Marcy seemed to have it all.

Marcy’s introduction to Maine was memorable and educational, she spent six years at her beloved Camp Arcadia for Girls in Casco, it’s there that she excelled in canoeing, theater, choral, and gained the confidence instilled by her mother, Margo Moore Myers, to forge into a successful field of retailing.

In April of 1972 after serving as Associate Fabric Editor for Mademoiselle Magazine and a part owner of Margo Moore, Darien, CT, Marcy opened Margo Moore in Camden, ME. A Camden Herald article at the time of opening referred to Marcy as, “a gal with sophisticated allure who's cool no nonsense voice has an aura of capability about it.” Margo Moore eventually morphed into Maine’s highly respected interior design, home furnishings store. In the ‘70’s and ‘80’s Marcy opened Margo Moore’s Cricket Shop and Margo’s Market in Damariscotta.

During the “women’s lib” era, Marcy forged ahead with confidence and flair on her own. Seemingly born into retailing and decorating, it was “Marcy’s touch” that family, friends, and clients depended on.

Marcy had a love for travel and enjoyed recounting her journeys to Croatia, on African safaris, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Turks and Caicos and Europe (which for Marcy included running with the bulls in Pamplona).

An active member of Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport, Marcy served as Chair of the House Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee. Over the years Marcy refined her golf game with laughter and determination at Megunticook. Marcy sponsored the briefly held Miss Piggy Open at the club.

The proudest moments of Marcy’s life were with her family members, son, Christopher, daughter in law Christine Bouvet van der Kieft, granddaughters, Grace Catherine and Madeleine Margaret of Hingham, MA; daughter, Megan and husband, Frank Carozza, grandson, Lucca Mark and granddaughter, Frankie Margaret of Camden, Maine.

Marcy’s greatest joys were family gatherings spent on the “blue chairs” in the family backyard, Sunday drives with her husband, Peter, her gardens, cooking, humming birds, and companion dogs. Marcy leaves behind niece, Jackie M. and husband, Walter Maxwell of Trumbull, CT; niece, Paige Murphy Jordan, grand-niece, Carly A. Jordan and grand-nephew, William T. Jordan of Monroe, CT; and her close canine buddy, Osbourne.

Marcy was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Moore Myers; sister, Susan Murphy; brother, Timothy O. Moore; granddaughter, Stella Margaret Carozza, niece, Aliza M. Murphy; and her lovable companions, Boswell, Teeka, Buttons, Tasselhoff and Roscoe.

Marcy was the spark that energized everybody she met.

A private family burial will be held in Seaview Cemetery in Rockport. A Celebration of Marcy’s life will be announced in the future.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Camp Arcadia Scholarship Foundation, C/O Anne Fritts, PO Box 225 New Vernon, NJ 07976.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting Marcy’s Book of Memories at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.
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Nancy Glenn Hansen

Posted at 11:08pm
Dear Pete, I send my heartfelt condolences to you, as you bid farewell to your precious Marcy. May you and your family feel the comforting embrace of Divine Love, as "you all" discover that love is continuous. Warmly, Nancy Glenn Hansen, DHS 1964

Betsy Marsano

Posted at 02:40pm
Just wanted to drop a brief note to express my sincere condolences on your loss.
Betsy Marsano

Peter Fowler

Posted at 02:35pm
Dear Pete,
As with all who knew Marcy, I am truly so saddened to learn of her passing. While everyone knows Pete vdk, the free-spirit of our class, Marcy was the shinning light, the bright beacon entering the room, the home, the offices of Rock Port and before that, Darien. Unfortunately, I didn't know Marcy all that well; In fact, my father, Chuck Fowler, probably knew her (and her parents) better than I. As my father spent his career with Lord & Taylor, he had an eye & gift for fashion and "fashionistas". Marcy's flair and talent caught my Dad's eye and he gave her some tips & ideas which Marcy was able to leverage when you two arrived in Rock Port. I remember saying good night & good bye at Wee Burn at our 50th Class Reunion, saying we'll see you guys next time . Your two were one of the couples I truly wanted to see again. Pete, after a long period of time grieving for Marcy, you will begin to look back at the six decades of joy, happiness and wonderful memories- as high school sweethearts, many looked to you and Marcy as the idyllic partnership and marriage.
May Marcy's memory live forever and may God bless you, Pete.

Most fondly, Pete (r) Fowler

Sheila Duram Wotring

Posted at 01:00pm
Peter and all your family: I am so very saddened to read of Marcy's passing. May you find comfort in the memories of your shared life and love.

Kathryn Brown Irvine

Posted at 12:08pm
Peter I am shocked to read of Marcy's passing. I am so sorry for you and the children. We both spent summers at Arcadia and I was able to get to know Marcy better there than our days in Darien where she was a grade behind me. She truly was a very accomplished gal. You and your kids must be so proud of her. I am,too. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Most sincerely Kathie Brown Irvine

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