Marie Elizabeth Langworthy

May 24, 1938 - February 7, 2024
Marie Elizabeth Langworthy

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“Marie Elizabeth Langworthy (aka “Aunt Betty”, aka “Mommy Dearest”), 85, of Leland North Carolina, passed away on February 7th after a brief illness.

Marie was born on May 24th, 1938 to George & Mahar Joseph of Fall River, Massachusetts. After Marie graduated from Holy Name High School in 1956, she joined the convent becoming Sister Francis La Salles in 1962. Marie spent 16 years as a nun during which time she earned both her undergraduate & graduate degrees in English from Salve Regina University.

Upon leaving the convent in 1972, Marie had a career in public education working as a teacher and administrator in public school systems in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.

Before retiring from the Groton Public School System where she led Technology & Media Services, Marie earned her Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.

In the early 1980’s, Marie met John Crompton while attending night classes at community college. Marie was amazed by John’s ability to release snacks stuck in the vending machine. John’s super-power led to Marie’s first marriage lasting until John passed away in 1995. Together they traveled extensively to Europe and Asia.

Marie met her second husband, Robert Langworthy on April 1st, 2008 (Anyone else see the irony here?). They were married January 19th, 2013 and she became the great love of his life right after boating and fishing. They bought a home together in Columbia, Connecticut in January of 2009 and Marie retired from the Groton Public School System later that year.

Bob introduced her to his joy of gardening, and the many benefits of traveling with a disabled veteran. Marie returned the favor as only she would, by running over his foot with her beloved Nissan 370Z convertible and terrifying him with her driving. They enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Belize, and Costa Rica, among many other destinations, until Bob passed away in May of 2021.

To avoid further scandal, Marie absconded to Leland, North Carolina on September 23rd of 2021 where she went on to co-author three books: Shifting Gears To Your Life & Work, Shifting Gears To Your Career, and QuickSwitch To Working Online. She loved riding her tricycle around her neighborhood, working out, and continuing to take classes.

Accompanied by her family & many close friends, Marie loved travel, reading, attending theater, movies, dining out (aka not cooking!) and not having children, at least none that she was willing to admit to. Despite her complete lack of maternal instincts, she reveled in the company of both of her husbands’ children and grandchildren.

Marie was predeceased by younger sister, Georgia Stark and nephew Shaune Stark. She is survived by her brother-in-law Charles Stark, her niece Erin Stark, her nephew (and reputed illegitimate child) Timothy Stark, and a traumatized air-fryer.

While no DNA tests have proved conclusive, those of us who were blessed to have Marie in our lives know that, given the right circumstances, she could be a ‘real mother’ when she wanted to!

Marie will be remembered for her irrepressible sense of humor, fierce independence, infectious curiosity, and her infamous ‘Four S’s’ (Smart, Strong, Stupid & Stubborn). Her final hours were filled with lively conversation, laughter, and a large frozen mocha shake with extra chocolate & caramel drizzle which she described as “better than sex”.

(Those of us who know her best, know that this is the obituary she would have wanted!)”

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  • February 14, 2024
    Maureen Tooher says:
    It was an honor and a privilege to know and spend time with Marie. I am so glad she decided to live in Brunswick Forest although not long enough. I will miss her so much.

  • February 12, 2024
    Alan Hadad says:
    We called each other : "Cuz" as in "cousin". We had a profound intellectual intimacy, and we could go a long time without seeing or talking, then pick up right where we had left off as if we had spoken just the day before. I was honored and humbled when she asked me to write a comment to appear on the jacket of one of her books. I miss her terribly. Alan

  • February 12, 2024
    MIKE PAVLO says:
    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady who lived a wonderful life and made all around her better off for knowing her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

  • February 11, 2024
    Patty Buono says:
    "I did it My Way" is what comes to mind after reading Marie's obituary. I knew Marie through our singles group in Brunswick Forest. She always put herself out there whether it was to offer friendship or assistance. She remembered me after my surgery and was kind enough to bring a meal. She was an illuminating light and she left us way too soon. My heart felt sympathy extends to all of her family and friends. May she be lifted up on angel's wings and continue to "Do it Her Way".

  • February 11, 2024
    Joe Masturzo says:
    How to say something about the most amazing woman I’ve ever met 🤔 She brought Happiness Joy and Laughter into my life . Always positive , She was like the Mom I lost in 2011 , old School Ways if you know what I mean . Marie has changed my outlook on life and gave me a more positive outlook to the future . You will Be in My Heart all the Days of my life ❤️ Marie RIP 😘