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Marcia Jane (Hatch) Fowler

Marcia Jane (Hatch) Fowler, 89, wife of the late Dean P. Fowler, died Sunday June 24, 2018 in the Residence at Riverbend in Ipswich.

Born in Melrose December 28, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Harold R. and Hazel A. (Moore) Hatch. Marcia  was raised in Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School in 1948. Marcia went on to continue her education at  Boston University and Lesley College where she received her  Bachelors and Masters in Education. 

As a child, Marcia spent her summers on Great Neck, where she met her future husband. The Fowlers were married in 1950, they lived in Woburn, Reading, settling on Mulholland Drive Ipswich in 1970.  In retirement the Fowler’s lived in Naples, Florida but visited Ipswich often. Marcia returned to Ipswich in 2007, residing at Mt. Pleasant Avenue.

Marcia was a primary school educator for several years in Reading. Making her home in Ipswich, she soon went on to teach at the Shatswell School. In 1971 she was awarded the distinguised Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award.  Marcia later became principal of the Burley, Shatswell, Boone Hall and the Winthrop Schools. Marcia returned to teaching, her passion, for one year before she retired in 1983 when she moved to London with her husband who was sent to manage a new European office for State Street Bank. Marcia made London her home for three years, welcoming and entertaining many visitors.

Marcia is  survived by two sons, Jeffrey C. Fowler and his wife Donna, and Roger D. Fowler and his wife Anne all of Ipswich; five grandchildren; Kelli Marshall and husband Alan, Nathan Fowler and wife Lauren all of Ipswich, Jesse Fowler and wife Carly of Plaistow, NH, Roger D. Fowler, Jr. and wife Jamie of Leicester, Evelyn P. Prentis of PA;  seven great-grandchildren, Vivian, Morgan and Claire Marshall of Ipswich, Roger and Reagan Fowler of Lester, Harrison Fowler of Plaistow and Gracie Fowler of Ipswich, a brother, Roger H. Hatch of Newbury, a sister-in-law Sophia Fowler of Ipswich and  two nephews, Christopher Hatch of MD and  Josiah D. Hatch of Marion. She was the mother of the late Mark A. Fowler formerly of Georgetown and sister of the late Marjorie MacKenzie formerly of Ipswich.

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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