Obituary: Marcia M. (McGuff) Jenkins

Beloved great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, volunteer

Marcia McGuff Jenkins, of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and a former resident of Claremont, died peacefully on November 27, 2022.

Born in Norwood, Massachusetts on March 28, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Lydia (Manley) McGuff.

Marcia (aka “Mike”) was the beloved wife of the late Robert Edward Jenkins (aka Bob, aka Bobby, aka “the Bob”), and devoted mother to Eric and his wife, Terah, of Temecula, California, Mark and his wife, Jennifer of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Kara of Playa del Rey, California, and the late Kristine Jenkins. She cherished her grandchildren Katie, Chris, Thomas, Quincie, Colin, and Elliot Jenkins, Tyler Nutting, Natalie and Todd Oldroyd, Makenzie and Peyton Raab, and Trevor Nutting, and great-granddaughter, Cassie Oldroyd.

The youngest of seven siblings, she was the devoted sister of Elizabeth Ann Curran and her late husband Joseph of Norwood, Massachusetts, Patricia Hall and her late husband Raymond of Harwich, Massachusetts, Sheila Barnett and her late husband Jack of Attleboro, Massachusetts, and predeceased by Thomas J. McGuff, Kathleen Kenney, and Mary Lou Foley and her husband James. She was the dear sister-in-law of Irma McGuff of Somers, Connecticut, June Vetter of Whispering Pines, North Carolina, Thomas Kenney of Quincy, Massachusetts, and the late Olga Onasch and Paul Jenkins. She is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews, and her forever friends from first grade at St. Catherine’s school.

She was a graduate of Norwood High School and Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, and — together with her family — explored much of the USA, creating homes and lasting friendships in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and California.

During their many years living in Claremont, her children, Eric, Mark, Kristine, and Kara, attended Claremont public schools and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and school while she worked as a substitute teacher and librarian at the Claremont School of Theology. She later pursued a Master of Library Science degree while working in the subscription services industry for Faxon and Ovid. She was a consultant for Wolters Kluwer for many years, retiring in 2019.

She was passionate about helping others and enjoyed volunteering in both her church and community. She loved reading (especially mysteries) and spending time with family and friends  playing games, working on puzzles, going on adventures, or just being together.

Her funeral took place in Norwood, Massachusetts on December 7.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Street Inn at, or by check to 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118, or the Parkinson’s Foundation at, or by check to 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.


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