Marjorie Ewen Menconi, born November 28, 1921 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, passed away at Cape Cod Hospital on November 23, 2019, just days before her 98th birthday.
Marjorie Livingston Ewen grew up in view of the Hudson River in Hastings-on Hudson NY with her parents, William C. Ewen, a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother, Marjorie L. Ewen. Young Marjorie had three older brothers whom she adored, to look after her.
She graduated from Scarborough School in Scarborough Manor, NY in 1938, and went on to Syracuse University where she was a fine arts major and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After college, Marjorie worked in the furniture design department of W.& J. Sloane's on Fifth Avenue in New York City. She spent the summers at her family's summer home on a lake in Carmel, NY.
In 1946, Marjorie married her greatest love, Ralph J. Menconi, also from Hastings, who had been a Major in the U.S. Army Engineer Corps in Africa and Europe during the Second World War. He later became a prominent medalist and sculptor much in the tradition of his late father, Raffaello E. Menconi from Tuscany, Italy. In 1951 they moved to Pleasantville, NY and raised their two children, Ralph II and Susan. While living in Westchester County, NY, Marjorie studied gourmet cuisine and food arrangement at the Abigail Kirsch Gourmet Center, originally in Chappaqua, NY.
With the influence of her husband and by working along side him, Marjorie became a talented artist, painting landscapes in rural NY State and Cape Cod, and also still lifes in oil and pastel. After moving to Cape Cod in 1976 following her husband's sudden death from heart disease, Marjorie became a member of the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable. She has exhibited her work at galleries including CCAA on Cape Cod, and in Bedford NY.
For several years she was the lead designer for a small interior design business in Hyannis, and also worked as a librarian at the Yarmouth Port Library next to her home on Route 6A Yarmouth Port.
Marjorie Menconi was a founding trustee of the Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation which began its mission in 1998 to preserve the former Swedenborgian Church in Yarmouth Port as a community center and cultural resource. She was also the first secretary of the foundation.
Donations in Marjorie's memory may be made to the Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation, to The Yarmouth Port Library, to the ASPCA, or to a charity of your choice.