Ethel L. Marsh

Ethel Langmeyer Marsh of Oak Bluffs, wife of the late Robert E. Marsh, died peacefully February 26, 2013 at home. She was 91.

She was the youngest of 11 children born to Ernst Langmeyer and Anna (Rippler) Langmeyer in West Roxbury on February 5, 1922.

Ethel loved everything about Martha’s Vineyard. She spent the early years in Chilmark and enjoyed up-Island snowstorms. She and her husband were summer visitors for many years. Robert purchased property on the Lagoon Pond in Oak Bluffs and eventually the couple became year-round residents of the Island in 1961, leaving their home in Weston. For several years they were refurbishing a rather primitive summer “camp” supported by tree trunks. With the help of contractor Richard Frost, they created a beautiful home overlooking the Lagoon, with distant views of Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod. This wonderful setting was a source of great pride and joy and the Marshes were very happy there.

Ethel was active in the fledgling Oak Bluffs Hospital Auxiliary, and she served on the Oak Bluffs Board of Appeals for eight years, part of the time as chairman. She was known for her strong personality and ability to speak her mind freely. She was also a long-time active member of the Lagoon Pond Association and its predecessor organization, the Eastville-Lagoon Association. Often the Marshes would open their lovely home to host the annual summer social hours held by these associations. Ethel maintained a keen interest in Oak Bluffs politics until her death. “What’s happening in town?” was her greeting to visitors.

She leaves a stepson, Jay Marsh, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a niece, Barbara Weiner, of Englewood, Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews and good friends.

As she requested, her ashes will be scattered with her husband in a place they came to love.