Alice Cohill Marquez, 100

July 10, 1912-April 5, 2013

April 07, 2013

Alice Cohill Marquez, of Stafford Hall, Clear Spring, Md., died Friday, April 5, 2013, at her home.

Born July 10, 1912, in Cohill Station near Hancock, Md., she was the eldest daughter of the late Leo Aloysius and Anna Marie Bevans Cohill.

Mrs. Marquez attended boarding school and her first two years of college at Saint Mary’s Female Seminary (now Saint Mary’s College of Maryland), transferred to Southwestern (now Rhodes College), and graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and education in 1934. She completed post-graduate work at Towson University and The Johns Hopkins University and later earned a Master of Arts in education from the University of Maryland in 1948.

As a recent college graduate who was unable to obtain a teaching position locally during the Great Depression, Mrs. Marquez moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, at the urge of her college roommate from William and Mary, Helen Singer Hester Dau, and her parents, who were stationed at Schofield barracks. While in Hawaii, Mrs. Marquez taught in the elementary school on post.

When she returned from Hawaii to Washington County, Mrs. Marquez taught at Winter Street and Antietam Street Elementary Schools and South Potomac Junior High School before marrying her husband, Col. Gregorio Marquez, on Feb. 24, 1944, at Walter Reed Chapel, and relocating to the Washington, D.C., area. During World War II, she was a volunteer driver with the American Red Cross Motor Corps. She taught English and helped direct dramatic productions at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Montgomery County until her retirement in 1970 with more than 30 years of service. While in the metropolitan area, she was involved with professional organizations such as the National Council of the Teachers of English and Delta Kappa Gamma.

Upon her retirement, Mrs. Marquez and her husband returned to her family home, Stafford Hall, where she lived with her extended family. Blessed with almost perfect health and incredible energy, she was able to travel in her late 80s and early 90s to several European countries, Russia, Tahiti, Hawaii and Barbados. In addition to traveling, she was active in various local organizations, including the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Washington County Historical Society and the Washington County Retired Teachers’ Association, of which she served as president. She served as president of the Hagerstown Garden Club from 1985 to 1987, and then became a life member. Until recently, she was a member of Fountain Head Country Club.

Mrs. Marquez was a lifelong member of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Marquez is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy C. and James E. Manuel of Stafford Hall; three nephews, her godson, James C. Manuel, Thomas C. Manuel and his wife, Cheri, and W. David Cohill and his wife, Elizabeth; two nieces, Mary Gargano and her husband, Thomas, and Jane Schibilia and her husband, Albert; her sister-in-law, Jane B. Cohill; her stepgranddaughter, Elizabeth “Lisa” Marquez Crandle of Arkansas; her goddaughter, Virginia “Ginny” Hester Harbold of Colorado; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Col. Marquez, in 1996; her stepson, Gregory T. Marquez; a sister, Margaret Rose Cohill; and two brothers, Gale Bevans Cohill and Leo William Cohill.

Mrs. Marquez led an extraordinarily interesting, colorful life. She will be greatly missed by her family, many friends and former students. As a teacher of English and lifelong reader, she loved literature, especially Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare. It would seem fitting to quote the following passage from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which she particularly enjoyed: “Our revels are now ended ... We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

A Mass of Christian burial with the Rev. George A. Limmer as celebrant and interment at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Hancock were held at the convenience of her immediate family.

Friends may call at Stafford Hall, 12803 Cohill Road, Clear Spring, on Wednesday April 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Clear Spring Ambulance Club, P.O. Box 61, Clear Spring, MD 21722; or to the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 400, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring, has been privileged to serve the family.

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