, Newburyport, MA

May 7, 2014

Marie E. (Armstrong) Bixby

Merrimac — Marie E. (Armstrong) Bixby, 73, longtime Merrimac resident, passed into eternal life to be with her beloved boys, Norman, John, Gary, and Michael, in the early morning hours of March 13, 2014.

Born in Lynn on April 17, 1940, Marie moved to Merrimac with her family, where she met and married the love of her life, Clifton, with whom she shared 56 wonderful years of marriage.

Marie loved to crochet, knit, sew, cook, and anything else that involved teaching a younger generation. Marie touched many lives with her caring and generosity. She will be missed by anyone that knew her.

Predeceased by her sons, Norman, John, Gary, and Michael; her brothers, John and Arthur; and her sister, Edna, Marie leaves behind her husband, Clifton E. Bixby of Merrimac; son, Luke Bixby and life partner, Julie Vincent of Haverhill; daughter, Lisa Casey and husband, Marty, of Fremont, N.H.; grandsons, Josh Casey of Fremont, and John Bixby of Merrimac; granddaughters, Mellanie Casey and life partner, John Sousa of Fremont, and Chelsea Ahearn of Seabrook, N.H.; and the lights of her life, her great-grandchildren, Ryan Roy Casey-Sousa and Elijah Scott Casey-Sousa. Marie also leaves behind brothers and sisters, David, Norman, Sandra, Patty, and Kathy; along with several generations of nieces and nephews.

Marie’s family would like to thank the nursing staff on Institution 3 at Anna Jaques Hospital and the entire staff at Amesbury Village and Brookhaven Hospice for all the love, care and compassion they gave Marie during her illness.

ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service will be held at Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Noon. By request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Merrimac Fire Department, Hose Company No. 1, 16 East Main St., Merrimac, MA 01860. Arrangements are by Paul. C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main St., Merrimac.