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Bernice Marshall, 66, volunteer, skilled boater

Bernice Marshall, a volunteer and skilled boater, died of cancer June 12 at her home in Chestertown. She was 66.

Born Bernice Balch in Philadelphia, Mrs. Marshall grew up in Ridley Township, Pa., graduating from high school in 1955 and going to work for General Electric as an administrative assistant until her marriage to Jack Marshall in 1962.

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She spent the next decade raising her two children and rejoined the work force in 1973 as an administrative assistant for the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters. She retired in 1986.

In 1992, Mrs. Marshall and her husband moved to Chestertown. Mr. Marshall died in 1994.

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In 2002, Mrs. Marshall became the first female "commodore" in charge of yachting at Chester River Yacht and Country Club, where she often played golf with friends. She also liked to play tennis and sail a 30-foot Catalina sailboat she dubbed Gone with the Wind.

"She just loved the fact that she was the captain and she could sail it and she loved being out on the water," said her daughter, Laura Caso of Warrington, Pa.

Mrs. Marshall was a member of Chestertown's First United Methodist Church, the All Seasons Garden Club, the Kent Narrows Power Squadron boating organization, and the Women's League of Washington College. She also volunteered for Kent County's Association of Riding Therapy, which offers disabled people a chance to become familiar with horses.

Services were held Wednesday at First United Methodist Church.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by companion Marvin Schlenker of Chestertown; a son, Bradford Chamlee Marshall of Media, Pa.; her mother, Ethel Mae Dorricott Balch of Seminole, Fla.; a brother, John Balch of Wilmington, Del.; and two grandchildren.


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