Marcia Vernon Leake Wetherbee was born on December 7, 1944, grew up in Bexley, Ohio, lived in Bay Village, Boston and North Falmouth, Cape Cod, traveled the world, and made friends wherever she was!
Her years in Bexley were filled with tomboyish fun and chums she kept for her lifetime. No one could resist her twinkly eyes, bright smile and sense of humor. She was a fine athlete, playing both basketball and field hockey through high school, enjoying the challenge and the competition. Marcia spent her summers at her grandmother’s homes in Colorado Springs and Nantucket. She delighted in being surrounded by her mother’s extended family and took advantage of all that both locations offered.
Bexley was important to her and she returned often for visits - her dog, enthusiasm, and energy in tow. When she stayed with her mother at Kensington Place, she organized game nights, bridge competitions, field trips, dinners, and cocktail parties. Her arrival was trumpeted because everyone in the building knew the fun was about to begin!
After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University Marcia relocated to Massachusetts where she remained for the rest of her life. Owner and sole proprietor of the Bay Village coffee shop, “The Meeting Place,” Marcia served the neighborhood for many years as host, social and political activist, and consummate volunteer. As a member of the Bay Village Neighborhood Association she organized safety patrols, fundraisers, the creation of the local dog park, softball teams, and in her “spare time” at the coffee shop cooked-up renowned peach pie and Portuguese soup.
Marcia made a significant career change after decades at the “The Meeting Place” and went to work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Adoption Social Worker until her retirement. Marcia loved children and was a fierce advocate for the most vulnerable. She approached children with her usual enthusiasm and generosity and they loved her.
Following retirement Marcia spent much of her time in North Falmouth. She quickly established a rich community of friends and an active social life; entertaining, playing bridge, supporting the local arts community, attending theatre and the Cape Symphony. She traveled extensively, but always returned home to enjoy feeding the birds, gardening, kayaking, and gathering friends around the fire pit for s’mores. Marcia was especially invested in the work of the West Falmouth Library and vigorously supported the recent capital campaign and resulting renovation. Throughout her life she supported many worthy causes and organizations.
Marcia died, peacefully, on October 15, 2018 at her home in North Falmouth at the age of 73. Her ashes will find their way to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden in Bexley, OH where her father was rector, and the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. She was predeceased by her father, the Rev Robert E. Leake, her mother Carolyn Howbert Leake, and her brother Geoffrey Howbert Leake. She leaves behind a host of devoted friends including her former husband, Bobby Wetherbee, cousins, and her beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Ginger, who will now reside in Bay Village with her long-time buddy, Pippi the Pug.
Celebrations of Marcia’s life will be held at the West Falmouth Library, 575 W Falmouth Hwy, West Falmouth, MA 02574 on Sunday, October 28, at 2:00 PM and at the Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave, Boston, MA 02116 on Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 PM. Gifts in Marcia’s memory may be made to either of these institutions.