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GROVELAND - Marjorie Anne Lynn died Monday, January 29th, 2024 after battling acute myeloid leukemia for over a year. She entered hospice care in the New Year at the Kaplan House in Danvers who supported and comforted her during her final days.
Marj was born in 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut, daughter of Mildred and William Grimm and the only sister to Ronnie, Dick, Gary and Roger. She attended Manchester High School in Connecticut where she graduated in the top of her class, was a member of the National Honor Society and state Debate Team champion. She later graduated from Goddard College in Vermont where she received a degree in English. Marj married her high school sweetheart ‘Eddy’ Lynn at age 18 and travelled the country with him living in over 7 states. They finally settled in her beloved Ipswich where she lived for over 50 years and often enjoyed visiting the beach and getting a cone at the local Dairy Queen.
Marj served as the Executive Director of the YWCA in Newburyport for 22 years where she worked to empower women and girls. Her role included oversight of over 3,000 members, recreational facilities including a gym, a swimming pool, and three summer camps. During her tenure at the YWCA, Marj headed two capital campaigns and facility renovations; initiated daycare services, a Family Resource Center and expanded aquatics programs; and developed new affordable housing to complement the existing Women’s Residence. At her retirement, the new residence was named in her honor.
In 1992 Marj spear-headed the formation of the Citizens Against Prejudice Action Coalition whose mission was to be a force in Greater Newburyport against bigotry in any form – racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious, gender, physical and mental handicap, and age. The coalition of individuals and organizations who met to fulfill this mission initiated the first area Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast and Marj received the Drum Major Award from the Danvers Martin Luther King Committee.
Marj’s other community activities include her 15-year tenure, five as President, on the Board of the Harbor Schools, serving troubled adolescents in need of residential services, and 10 years as a member of the Newburyport Rotary Club. She was on the Board of the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce where she served as Chairperson. Marj initiated an innovative loan program for low-income women and was one of two of the first women on the Board of Directors at The Institute for Savings bank. She received special recognition for instituting the Vanguard Award for women leaders and received the Athena Award from the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for her professional achievements and valuable service to the community.
Marj was also an active writer and editor. Her first professional position was at Mitre Corporation where she worked for 4 years as an editor. Additionally, she was the editor of the North Shore Hospice Newsletter. She later edited the book Tired Dragons, Adapting Church Architecture to Changing Needs and co-created with her husband, Edwin Lynn, the popular Daysalive gift book. She also edited Edwin’s book, Shorelines, Life Lessons from the Sea. In retirement, she wrote Boys Will be Men, a compilation of letters and a coming of age story of her son, Bruce.
She was an active member of the Northshore Unitarian Church for 40 years and organized several major fund-raising events including their first capital campaign.
Marj was married for 65 years to the Reverend Edwin Lynn, she is survived by him, her son, Bruce, daughter-in-law, Lori, daughter, Sharyl, son-in-law, Scott, and four grandchildren, Isley, Chase, Katrina and Max.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 17th at 1 P.M. at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist of Newburyport, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, followed by a Celebration of Life at Steeple Hall at Mission Oak Grill 26 Green St, Newburyport. Assisting the family with arrangements is O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) DANVERS. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.