Marie L. Hanley, 91: Longtime career woman who loved dancing

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BRUNSWICK — Marie “Honey” Lotz Hanley, 91, of Brunswick, died Sept. 21 in the Bodwell Hospice Acute Care Center.

She was a well-respected and successful career woman from her early 20s until her full retirement in the early 1990s.

After various secretarial jobs in advertising and public relations, she joined the D’Arcy advertising agency in Manhattan in 1964 and rose to the position of account executive, where she oversaw all the agency’s advertising for its Bermuda Department of Tourism account.

In 1971 she become the executive secretary to the president of the former Hole-In-One Club, a golf-related resort and travel promotion business in Manhattan.

Three years later she moved on to Doremus & Co., where she served as executive secretary to the chairman of the board and CEO until retiring in 1985.

In 1966 she married Charles D. Hanley, a widower, and helped raise their two children, Mark Hanley and Lisa Hanley-Mendez.

The couple eventually moved to Ocean Pines in Berlin, Md., and she worked part time in real estate sales until her full retirement in 1993.

She was a member of the Ocean Pines Dancers and performed in dozens of shows a year.

In addition to her lifelong love of dancing, for which she won a number of awards at ballroom dancing competitions through the years, she also enjoyed tennis, golf and bridge.

After her husband’s death in 1997, she moved to Maine to be near her daughter and older grandchildren.

“As she did with everything, she pulled off a mid-life transition from dynamic, single career woman to caring wife and mother with grace and style. We were all lucky to have her come into our lives after our mother died when we were still little kids,” said her son Mark. “She had remarkable energy and enjoyed her life, and we’re happy she had a long, good run until her final months.”

She is survived by her two children; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held last weekend at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick.

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.

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