Marjory Knapp, 77: Devoted church member and secretary

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PORTLAND — Marjory Knapp, 77, died on Nov. 29 after a long illness.

Born in Wilton, she was the daughter of William and Bernice Knapp.

Knapp grew up in the Nason’s Corner area of Portland, attended Portland Public Schools, and graduated from Deering High School in 1952. She lived in Portland for most of her life, moving to Scarborough Terrace for the few last years.

For 25 years Knapp worked for Portland Public Schools. One month after her high school graduation, she began working as a clerk stenographer for the principal of Longfellow School. In time she became a confidential secretary and served six superintendents in the Central Office. She later worked in the editorial department of J. Weston Walch, Publisher, for nine years.

She was a strong believer in God and as a child enjoyed Glenwood Square Baptist Church near her home and took part in Child Evangelism Good News Clubs. She joined First Baptist Church in 1955, where she served in many capacities including Deaconess.

Knapp is survived by her aunt Hazel Holden of New Hampshire; four cousins Norman Holden and Beth Smith of New Hampshire, Constance Moleskiy of Ohio, and Richard Stevens Jr. of Bridgton; and second cousin Barbara Jackson of Portland.

A memorial service was held on Dec. 5 at First Baptist Church and a buriel service at Lakeside Cemetery in North Sebago. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland, ME 04103. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland.