Mary Boodell “Cecy” Prescott, 75: accomplished career woman, child advocate

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FREEPORT — Mary Boodell “Cecy” Prescott, 75, died May 14 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born Oct. 16, 1936 in Chicago, Ill., Prescott grew up in nearby Winnetka. She graduated from New Trier High School in 1954 and remained a great fan of the Chicago Bears throughout her lifetime. She was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed sailing, skiing, skating and playing tennis. Prescott was president of her class at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., and moved to New York City after graduating in 1958. In New York, Prescott worked for esteemed documentary producer Fred Freed at CBS television.

She left CBS after marrying R. Donald Prescott Jr. and started a family in  Mountain Lakes, N.J., where she was president of the Home and School Association, a member of the Junior League, and performed in children’s theatre. Prescott owned The Eagle’s Nest, a shop in Denville, N.J., which specialized in dollhouses and miniatures.

In 1987, Prescott moved to New Canaan, Conn., where she volunteered for Americares, a disaster relief organization. In anticipation of the arrival of her first grandchild, Prescott moved to Falmouth. There, she volunteered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland teaching English to children from Vietnam and the Sudan.

Prescott’s family expressed thanks to Hawthorne House in Freeport for their devoted care and also to Beacon Hospice and Baysquare at Yarmouth for their dedication.

She was survived by her children Tom Prescott, Judy Prescott, and John Prescott; six grandchildren, Calvin, Nina, Lucas, Kasen, Camille, and Elizabeth; and siblings, Thomas J. Boodell and Mary Pelikan.

A time of gathering and visitation will be held on Thursday, June 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 29, 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Prescott’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

Prescott is the subject of the family tribute, “Searching For Cecy: Reflections on Alzheimer’s.” A portion of the proceeds from this book benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. Contributions in Prescott’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, Maine 04074. (207) 772-0115.

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